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PEHSU Grand Rounds Webinar

This webinar is part of an ongoing series of educational presentations by experts on issues that focus on current and emerging aspects of pediatric and reproductive environmental health.

Understanding the Role of Phthalates and Phenols in Fertility, Pregnancy, and Child Health: From Research to Prevention, March 21, 2018

These presentations focus on the impact of environmental exposures to chemicals on human health at the vulnerable stages of in utero and pediatric development. A number of topics will be included – all of them relevant to questions of exposure and health effects, with consideration of risk reduction. Speakers will include physicians and PhD subject matter experts, as well as individuals with expertise in areas such as home assessment, laboratory analysis, and risk communication.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this module, participants should be able to:
  • Define endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and describe sources, routes, and timing of exposure.
  • Understand the toxicological and human literature on phthalates and phenols, two large chemical classes with widespread population exposure.
  • Describe how phthalates and phenols may impact reproductive, perinatal, or pediatric health.
  • Understand primary prevention strategies and methods to reduce exposure.

Presenter: Carmen Messerlian, PhD, MSc

CarmenMesserlian.jpgCarmen Messerlian, PhD, MSc
Research Scientist
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Boston, MA


Carmen Messerlian, PhD, MSc, is a Research Scientist at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health in Boston, MA. She completed a PhD in Epidemiology from McGill University, a MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and a BSc from McGill University. Her current research focuses on understanding the extent to which preconception and prenatal exposure to environmental chemicals affect a couple’s ability to achieve conception, maintain pregnancy, and deliver healthy offspring. As an environmental-reproductive-perinatal and pediatric epidemiologist, Dr Messerlian applies cutting-edge methods to generate evidence-based knowledge on the effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) on fertility, pregnancy, birth, and child health outcomes. More specifically, she investigates the effects of phthalates, phenols, and other emerging chemicals and their mixtures on ovarian reserve, pregnancy loss, birth weight, placental parameters, preterm birth, and child neurodevelopment outcomes. Dr Messerlian ultimate goal is to use this evidence to inform clinical practice and improve public health.
Continuing Education Information

In order to receive continuing education (CE) for WD2588-032118 - (Webcast) PEHSU Grand Round Series - Understanding the Role of Phthalates and Phenols in Fertility, Pregnancy, and Child Health: From Research to Prevention - March 21, 2018, please visit TCEO and follow these 9 Simple Steps by April 24, 2020

This course qualifies as continuing education for physicians, nurses, certified health education specialists and other professionals provided by the Centers for Disease Control and its partners. 

FEES: No fees are charged for CDC’s CE activities.


CME activities with Joint Providers: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American College of Medical Toxicology. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited by the (ACCME®) to provide medical education for physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Regarding WC2588 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Regarding WD2588 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Other Credit types:

  • CNE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited as a provider of Continuing Nursing Education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. This activity provides 1.0 contact hours.
  • CEU: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEU's for this program.
  • CECH: Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours. Maximum advanced level continuing education contact hours available are 0. CDC provider number 98614.
  • For Certified Public Health Professionals (CPH)
    CDC is an approved provider of CPH Recertification Credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners. Effective October 1, 2013, the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE) accepts continuing education units (CEU) for CPH recertification credits from CDC. Please select CEU as your choice for continuing education when registering for a course on TCEOnline. Learners seeking CPH should use the guidelines provided by the NBPHE for calculating recertification credits. For assistance please contact NBPHE at http://www.NBPHE.org.
DISCLAIMERS: This material was supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and funded (in part) by the cooperative agreement FAIN: 5 NU61TS000237-04 from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supports the PEHSU by providing partial funding to ATSDR under Inter-Agency Agreement number DW-75-95877701-04. Neither EPA nor ATSDR endorse the purchase of any commercial products or services mentioned in PEHSU publications.

DISCLOSURE: In compliance with continuing education requirements, all presenters must disclose any financial or other associations with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters as well as any use of unlabeled product(s) or product(s) under investigational use.

CDC, our planners, presenters, and their spouses/partners wish to disclose they have no financial interests or other relationships with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters with the exception of Charles A. McKay and he wishes to disclose that he is a member of the Scientific Advisory Council, Environmental Health Research Foundation (EHRF). EHRF addresses issues related to biomonitoring, a topic that is also relevant to some of the activities in the Grand Round Series that might be discussed in future sessions. EHRF receives funding from sources that includes industry. Dr. McKay has reviewed and written material for EHRF, that could create a perceived conflict of interest regarding environmental chemical exposure assessment/measurement.

Planning committee discussed conflict of interest with Dr. Charles A. McKay to ensure there is no bias. Content will not include any discussion of the unlabeled use of a product or a product under investigational use. CDC does not accept commercial support.