Environmental Toxicology

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First thousand days: Toxic contributors to neurodevelopment deficits

Presenter: Elise Miller, MEd

Affiliation: Director, Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE)

Date: August 7, 2015

Length: 58:18

Summary: Exposures to certain pollutants at critical windows of development prenatally and in early childhood can contribute to learning disabilities, ADHD and autism. Mounting evidence indicates that these toxic chemicals may act independently or interact with other factors, such as stress and nutrition, to undermine normal development. Preventing these exposures needs to be an integral part of our public health agenda.

Brain and Behavioral Effects of Early Exposures to Neurotoxicants

Presenter: Virginia A. Rauh, Sc.D.

Affiliation: Columbia University

Date: May 20, 2015

Synopsis: Rauh Abstract »

Length: 1:07:38

Oxidative Stress and the Metabolic Pathology of Autism

Presenter: S. Jill James, Ph.D..

Affiliation: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Date: June 9, 2010

Length: 1:23:42

Synopsis: Click for Abstract

Immunologic Abnormalities in ASD & Convergence of Genetic and Environmental Mechanisms Conferring Autism Risk

Presenters: Daniel Braunschweig, Isaac Pessah, Ph.D.

Affiliation: UC Davis MIND Institute

Date: April 16, 2009

Length: 1:32:00

Synopsis: Dan Braunschweig discusses the current research regarding the immune abnormalities found in children with autism and their potential correlation with the development of autism. Dr. Pessah focusses on how certain genetic markers may make the body more susceptible to certain environmental triggers which could cause developmental problems like autism.

Research Priorities Panel Discussion

Presenters: Judy Van de Water, Ph.D., S. Jill James, Ph.D..

Affiliation: UC Davis MIND Institute

Date: November 2, 2006

Length: 26:50

Synopsis: A short panel discussion where each of the panel members offer their thoughts on what exactly clinicians, scientists, and researchers should be investigating when it comes to environmental toxicology in children.

The Environment and the Immune System: What is the Relationship?

Presenter: Judy Van de Water, Ph.D.

Affiliation: UC Davis MIND Institute

Date: November 2, 2006

Length: 43:35

Synopsis: An overview of both the nervous and immune systems and how environmental factors influence these systems.

Clinical Clues to Environmental Triggers: Lessons from the PANDAS Subgroup

Presenter: Susan Swedo, M.D.

Affiliation: UC Davis MIND Institute

Date: November 2, 2006

Length: 49:41

Synopsis: Dr. Swedo discusses the PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal infections) subgroup on the spectrum to discuss possible environmental triggers to autism.

Implications of a Redox Imbalance and Oxidative Stress in Autism

Presenter: S. Jill James, Ph.D.

Affiliation: UC Davis MIND Institute

Date: November 2, 2006

Length: 47:21

Synopsis: An overview of some biochemical research reviewing three interdependent pathways of folate, methionine, and glutathione metabolism that was found to be abnormal in many children on the autistic spectrum.

The "Three Strikes" Hypothesis: How Genes, Environment and Bad Timing May Converge to Disrupt Neural Development and Function

Presenter: Mady Hornig, M.D., M.A.

Affiliation: Columbia University

Date: November 2, 2006

Length: 54:56

Synopsis: Dr. Hornig discusses a hypothesis that certain genetic factors create a susceptibility to other environmental and temporal factors that could possibly lead to abnormalities in neural development.

Breaking Self Perpetuating Cycles of Disruption in Autism: Assessing and Addressing Toxic Load Issues

Presenter:  John Green, M.D.

Affiliation: Clinician

Date: November 2, 2006

Length: 53:06

Synopsis: Dr. Green provides an in-depth look at the many toxins found in the environment and how a build-up of these in a body could be a primary factor in the pathogenesis of autism in children.