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French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety

Third International PPTOX (Prenatal Programming and Toxicity) Conference in Paris from 14 to 16 May 2012

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9 May 2012

Prenatal and perinatal development constitute the most vulnerable period of human life, with regard to the adverse effects of the environment and nutritional imbalances. Subtle effects during development can lead to functional deficits and increased risk of disease later in life. In this context, under the auspices of the American Society of Toxicology (SOT) and with the support of ANSES, the Third International PPTOX Conference is being held in Paris from 14 to 16 May 2012.

This conference is an opportunity to discuss developmental programming and toxicity, as well as the fascinating equilibria and interactions that exist between nutrients, toxic substances and genetic predispositions. The major issue that needs to be answered is: how does exposure to chemicals during early development affect subsequent functions and risk of disease? This meeting on prenatal programming and toxicity will be devoted to "Environmental stressors in the developmental origins of disease: evidence and mechanisms".

The aim of this conference is to examine the experimental and human data on certain diseases, as well as certain organ systems and specific mechanisms, and to discuss the current state of our knowledge on the vulnerability of early life stages and the implications in terms of health protection and disease prevention. This three-day conference will be the third to explore this new frontier of toxicology. The first conference was held in 2007 and the second in 2009. Like the previous events, PPTox III will bring together scientists from all around the world to address these issues.

This conference has received support in France from the National Alliance for Life Sciences and Health (AVIESAN) and the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES).

Its sponsors are the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES), the National Alliance for Life Sciences and Health (AVIESAN), the European Environment Agency (EEA), the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), the National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR), the Society of Toxicology, the World Health Organization (WHO), the French Public Health Research Institute (IRESP), the Ile-de-France Region (field of environmental and occupational health) and Paris-Descartes University.

Further information

> The full programme is available on the conference web page
> See the press invitation