Project 3: Endocrine Disruptors and Diet:
Effects on the Developing Cortex

Research Goals

  • Examine the effects of BPA and phthalate exposure during early development (before and shortly after birth) or in adolescence.


  • Determine if a high fat diet increases the effects of the BPA or phthalate exposure.


  • Investigate whether behaviors, social and cognitive are affected in adult animals from these earlier exposures?


  • Evaluate whether the cellular structure of the prefrontal cortex is affected in adult animals from these earlier exposures.


  • Assess whether differences in cellular structure are accompanied by increased inflammation?


  • Investigate whether there are sex differences in the type and severity of effects.