Center for the Environment to host speaker on endocrine disruption

  • Posted: Thursday, April 4, 2013 12:37 a.m.

Dr. John Peterson Myers, a scientist who is actively involved in primary research on the impacts of endocrine disruption on human health, will speak on “Endocrine Disruption: A Global Threat to Health” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, at the Center for the Environment facility on the Catawba College campus.

Myers, founder, CEO and chief scientist of Environmental Health News, co-authored “Our Stolen Future,” a book published in 1996 which “brought worldwide attention to scientific discoveries about endocrine disruption and the fact that common contaminants can interfere with the natural signals controlling development of the fetus,” according to the book’s website.

The book stimulated worldwide investments to fund research, “and those investments have now led to a scientific revolution that is revealing unexpected and exciting ways to protect people’s health and prevent disease,” Myers’ website says.

Myers has chaired the board of the Science Communication Network since its founding in 2003; served on the board of the H. John Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment since 2007 and as its board chair since 2012.

He also serves on the board of the Jenifer Altman Foundation. Until its merger with the Pew Charitable Trust in 2007, he was board chair of the National Environmental Trust. He has also served as board president of the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity, an association of more than 40 foundations supporting work on biodiversity, climate, energy and environmental health.

Myers holds a bachelor of arts degree from Reed College and a doctorate from the University of California-Berkley.

The presentation is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, visit www. or call 704-637-4727.

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