Monday, September 16th 2019

S3 Episode 30 Flaws in the system

Join me as I interview the brilliant Dr. Jodi Flaws of the University of Illinois on her research on how phthalates affect the female reproductive system. I’m grateful for the research on how endocrine disrupting chemicals affect kids… but not enough folks seem to center their research on direct effects of women. Learn about what our cosmetics, toys, and food contain, how to reduce exposure to these chemicals, and the kinds of effects these chemicals have on our menstrual cycles, menopausal symptoms, and more.

I was lucky to just have to bike a few miles for this interview, because we work at the same university. I’m also lucky enough to get to have lunch with Jodi about once a month as part of a women faculty mentoring group. Dr. Flaws is a Professor in Comparative Biosciences at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois. Dr. Flaws’ research program is mainly focused on determining the mechanisms by which environmental chemicals affect the development and function of the ovary. Her research is funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health and Environmental Protection Agency.  She has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers that have involved extensive participation and authorship by graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, veterinary medical students, and undergraduate students.  She is the recipient of the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, University of Maryland Student Mentoring Award, the Patricia Sokolove Outstanding Mentor Award, the Dr. Gordon and Mrs. Helen Kruger Research Excellence Award, the Pfizer Animal Health Award for Research Excellence, the University Scholar Award, the Women in Toxicology Mentoring Award from the Society of Toxicology, and the Society for the Study of Reproduction Trainee Mentor Award.

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