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'Ask a Scientist' presentation to focus on environmental estrogens

RELEASED: Feb. 7, 2011

Dr. Winnifred Bryant
Dr. Winnifred Bryant

EAU CLAIRE — Dr. Winnifred Bryant, associate professor of biology at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, will present "Environmental Estrogens — Potential Risks to Human Health" as part of the "Ask a Scientist" series. The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Acoustic Café in downtown Eau Claire.

Bryant will discuss a few common environmental estrogens and their specific mechanisms of action.

"There are a lot of environmental estrogens out there," Bryant said. "Because estrogens affect growth, I'm interested in the risks they pose to healthy people. I am also interested in the role these compounds play in the progression of cancer."

Estrogen is an ovarian-derived hormone that acts on the pituitary, breast and uterus to control reproductive capability and bodily growth. Although women inherently produce more of it, estrogen is important to both women and men. Estrogen-like chemicals used in industry and found in plants, can bind and activate the estrogen receptor in target tissues. Therefore, these compounds may have profound implications on human reproductive health.

For more information about the "Ask a Scientist" series, contact Dr. Paul Thomas, professor of physics and astronomy, at 715-836-3615 or thomaspj@uwec.edu.

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