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Biologist to Discuss How Exposure to Environmental Estrogen Affects Women's Physiology

RELEASED: Sept. 10, 2008

Dr. Winnifred Bryant
Bryant

EAU CLAIRE — A University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire biologist will explain during a lunch presentation this month how synthetic and natural chemicals commonly found in the environment can mimic the actions of estrogen and the possible health consequences from exposure to them.

Dr. Winnifred Bryant, a UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of biology, will present "Environmental Estrogens: Pituitary Effects" from noon-1 p.m. Sept. 24 at Sweetwater's restaurant in Eau Claire. The presentation is part of the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association's "Let's Do Lunch" series.

"In general, most of us are largely unaware of our widespread exposure to environmental estrogens," Bryant said. "There are a number of sources for these chemicals, including plastics, soy products and dietary supplements. We must examine the effects of these chemicals on physiological processes because in many cases, information on their specific biological effects is lacking."

Bryant will discuss the importance of characterizing the effects of environmental estrogens on various aspects of body function. She will focus specifically on the effects of environmental estrogens on the regulation of the pituitary gland.

Bryant, who joined the UW-Eau Claire faculty in 2004, teaches courses in endocrinology, human anatomy and physiology, animal physiology and human sexual biology.

Bryant earned her bachelor's degree in biology from Shorter College in 1993 and a master's degree in zoology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 1997. She received her doctoral degree from Miami University in 2000.

To discuss her presentation or her research, contact Bryant at 715 836-3383 or bryantwm@uwec.edu.

The upcoming "Let's Do Lunch" speaker will be Dr. Geoffrey Peterson, UW-Eau Claire associate professor of political science, who will present "Countdown to Election '08" on Oct. 29.

The speaker series is open to the public. The cost is $10 per session and includes the presentation, buffet, beverage, tax and tip. To reserve tickets, send e-mail to alumni@uwec.edu or call 715-836-3266 for more information.

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