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Obesogens: how chemical exposure may cause obesity

Tues. May 5, 2015       6:30 p.m.

Kane Hall 120, UW Campus

In this lecture, University of California, Irvine, professor Bruce Blumberg discusses the role his work has played in revealing that the causes of obesity extend far beyond the implications of diet and exercise, demonstrating that chemical exposure in diet and environment play a far more significant role than previously thought.

blumberg210Bruce Blumberg, Ph.D., B.S., is professor of Developmental and Cell Biology, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Biomedical Engineering at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Blumberg and his colleagues originated the obesogen hypothesis, which holds that developmental exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals can have an effect on the development of obesity and diabetes over time. Dr. Blumberg was elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2012.

As the sophistication of science and medicine advances, our understanding of health and wellness for individuals, families and nations grows beyond the mere measure of waistlines. Presented by University of Washington Graduate School and the UWAA, the Weight & Wellness Lecture Series approaches topic of body and size with consideration to socioeconomic structures, nutritional disparity in food sources, brain chemistry, environmental influences and more, showing us that, for human health, it is not always our conventional wisdom that holds the most weight.

For more information, contact the UW Alumni Association at 206-543-0540 or uwalumni@uw.edu.

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