International Conference on Prenatal Programming and Toxicity

September 30th – October 3rd, 2020

Chicago, USA





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Abstract submission closes on August 1st, 2020

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PPTOX-VII: International Conference on Prenatal Programming and Toxicity

The 2020 Prenatal Programming and Toxicity (PPTOX) meeting, the seventh such international gathering, will be held in downtown Chicago, Illinois, USA on Sept 30-Oct 3, 2020.  It will include a mixture of invited front-line presentations, video sessions with prominent colleagues, contributed oral presentations and posters, a trainee forum and targeted discussions. We hope that this PPTOX conference will attract toxicologists, epidemiologists, pediatricians, endocrinologists, basic biologists and other specialists, educators, and regulators with an interest in environmental health, developmental toxicity, and human disease etiologies.

PPTOX focuses on a burgeoning research field that addresses interference in crucial developmental processes during early life, when cells, organs and physiologic systems become fully operational and lay the foundation for optimal functions of the mature organism. Exposures to environmental toxicants during these critical windows adversely affect development, reprogram future organ functions and modify disease risks.  To address these urgent issues, biennial meetings of international researchers commenced in 2007 (PPTOX-Faroe Islands, https://www.pptox.dk/) to share information and data, develop impact statements and continue expansion of the field.

Other successful PPTOX conferences have been held in Miami (2009), Paris (2012), Boston (2014), Kita-Kyushu, Japan (2016) and the Faroe Islands (2018), see https://www.pptox.dk/.  Selected  papers and a meeting summary report from PPTOX-VI were published in Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology 2019 Aug;125 Suppl 3 (https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/toc/17427843/2019/125/S3). Funding for a small number of travel fellowships is being sought to facilitate participation of students and colleagues from developing countries.

Preliminary Schedule

Confirmed Speakers

Keynote Speaker
Linda Birnbaum

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Keynote Speaker – Linda Birnbaum

Linda S. Birnbaum, Ph.D., D.A.B.T., A.T.S. is the former Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) of the National Institutes of Health, and the National Toxicology Program (NTP). As a retiree, she was granted scientist emeritus status.  As a board-certified toxicologist, Birnbaum served as a federal scientist for 40 years. Prior to her appointment as NIEHS and NTP Director in 2009, she spent 19 years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where she directed the largest division focusing on environmental health research.

Birnbaum has received many awards and recognitions. In 2016, she was awarded the North Carolina Award in Science. She was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, one of the highest honors in the fields of medicine and health. She was also elected to the Collegium Ramazzini, an independent, international academy comprised of internationally renowned experts in the fields of occupational and environmental health and received an honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Rochester and a Distinguished Alumna Award from the University of Illinois. She also received an Honorary Doctorate from Ben-Gurion University, Israel and Amity University, India; the Surgeon General’s Medallion 2014; and 14 Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards, which reflect the recommendations of EPA’s external Science Advisory Board, for specific publications.

Birnbaum is an active member of the scientific community. She was vice president of the International Union of Toxicology, the umbrella organization for toxicology societies in more than 50 countries, and former president of the Society of Toxicology, the largest professional organization of toxicologists in the world. She is the author of more than 800 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, and reports. Birnbaum’s own research focuses on the pharmacokinetic behavior of environmental chemicals, mechanisms of action of toxicants including endocrine disruption, and linking of real-world exposures to health effects. She is also an adjunct professor in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, the Curriculum in Toxicology, and the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as in the Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health Program at Duke University.

A native of New Jersey, Birnbaum received her M.S. and Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Ayman Al-Hendy
University of Illinois–Chicago

Patrick Allard

Andreas Baccarelli
Columbia University

Bruce Blumberg

Joe Braun
Brown University

Susan Buchanan
University of Illinois–Chicago

Lillian Calderon-Garciduenas
University of Montana

Terrence Collins
Carnegie Mellon

Jodi Flaws
University of Illinois

Takao Hensch

Kim Harley

Elizabeth Hatch
Boston University

Andreas Kortenkamp
Brunel University, United Kingdom

Carmen Marsit
Emory University

Jane Muncke
Food Packaging Forum Foundation Switzerland

J Richard Pilsner
University of Massachusetts

Jacques Robert
University of Rochester

Robert Sargis
University of Illinois–Chicago

Martha Susiarjo
Rochester University

Christine Till
York University

Amalie Timmermann
University of Southern Denmark

Jacquetta Trasler

Laura Vandenberg
University of Massachusetts

Mary Ward

Pal Weihe
Faroe Islands

Conference Program Committee


Philippe Grandjean

Gail Prins

Andy Anderson

Peter van den Hazel

Beate Ritz

Cheryl Walker

Robert Barouki

Jerry Heindel

Remy Slama

Pal Weihe

Susan Buchanan

Margaret R. Karagas

Lesli Stayner

Andrea Gore

Reiko Kishi

Jordi Sunyer

Eun-He Ha

B. Paige Lawrence

Laura Vandenberg

Local Arrangements Committee

Maria Argos

Philippe Grandjean

Sola Olapade

Gail Prins

Rob Sargis

Mary Turyk

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