Interview with Center member Dr. Ruth Etzel, co-editor of a new book, "Textbook of Children's Environmental Health," which summarizes the current state of knowledge about environmental contamination risks to children. Using zebrafish exposed only as embryos to bisphenol A (BPA) at environmental concentrations, Dr Daniel Weber examined the ability of adult fish to learn. He found that the more difficult the task, the greater the difficulty exposed fish have in learning. Dr. Rebecca Klaper, Shaw Associate Professor in the UWM School of Freshwater Sciences, discusses the issues of pharmaceuticals in the environment. Using fathead minnows as a model, students learn first hand how exposure to lead can affect human health.

Making a Difference

The Children’s Environmental Health Sciences Core Center supports collaborative research among basic, clinical and public health investigators in order to understand the development of reproductive and childhood diseases in relation to known or suspected environmental determinants.

Investigators convert scientific understanding into effective strategies to prevent environmentally-dependent childhood disease. Additionally, the Center’s community outreach arm aims to educate local and regional communities about the burden of environmentally-related reproductive and childhood diseases and effective ways to reduce them.