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Endocrine disruptors: over 350 people present today and tomorrow for a progress report on current knowledge10 December 2012

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Today and tomorrow ANSES in partnership with the Ministry of ecology, sustainable development and energy, is holding an international seminar on "Recent advances in knowledge on the effects of endocrine disruptors on the environment and health". Planned as part of the PNRPE (National research programme on endocrine disruptors), the event provides an update on developments in the current state of knowledge regarding the mechanisms of endocrine disruptors and their impact on health and the environment.

Endocrine disruptors are natural or artificial chemical substances to which the human body may be exposed by various routes (oral, respiratory, cutaneous) and which are likely to modify the body's normal hormonal functions. They are currently suspected of causing reproductive and fertility disorders, as well as metabolic effects, cardiovascular disorders, and even certain types of cancer.

The assessment of the health effects of endocrine disruptors is one of ANSES's emblematic work activities. Through its unique structure, which includes risk assessment bodies, laboratories with research and reference mandates, and units in charge of support for research projects, ANSES works in a highly integrated way on this issue.

Its work involves two major complementary areas: risk assessment and knowledge production, which is achieved through both its research and reference missions, and its research support activities. This work is an integral part of a number of different national programmes, including the PNSE 2 (Second national health and environment plan, 2009-2013), the PNRM (National plan on medicinal product residues), the Ecophyto Plan, and the PNRPE (National research programme on endocrine disruptors).

An international seminar to report on advances in knowledge

Today and tomorrow ANSES in partnership with the Ministry of ecology, sustainable development and energy, is holding an international seminar on "Recent advances in knowledge on the effects of endocrine disruptors on the environment and health" at the Maison de la RATP in Paris.
This event is part of the PNRPE (National research programme on endocrine disruptors) and aims to provide a status report on the advances in current understanding of the mechanisms of endocrine disruptors (EDs) and their impact on health and the environment. Its three main themes are: health effects and mechanisms of action, tools and approaches, and exposure.

For the event, 7 conferences by world-renowned specialists and 22 research projects developed in France and abroad will be presented. 55 projects will be represented by poster presentations. 350 scientists and specialists from around the world are expected to attend the event.

Find out more

> Visit the PNRPE website (in French only)
> Download the programme (in French)
> Download the participant's file (in French)
> View Les cahiers de la recherche (in French)

PNRPE: The aim of the National research programme on endocrine disruptors is to support fundamental and applied research to assist those involved in public action with regard to the issues surrounding endocrine disruption. The event is overseen by the Ministry of sustainable development (Commissariat général au Développement durable, Direction de la Recherche et de l'Innovation); ANSES has been put in charge of its scientific coordination.