Project 1: Adolescents' Exposure to Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals:
Cognitive and Behavioral Development

A Research Partnership Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School
and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign



Teen reading a book

The goal of this study is to evaluate the association between phthalate, phenols, and parabens exposures during the adolescent period and neurobehavior.  The study will also assess the potential for obesity or a diet high in saturated fat (HFD) to increase risk.  It is hypothesized that the impact of exposures on neurobehavior will be worse in children who consume a HFD or are obese.  The proposal builds on an ongoing study of 788 children followed since birth to assess the impact of early life organochlorine and metal exposures on development, taking advantage of the parent study's established infrastructure and wealth of existing data to address this new question.