Advocacy & Health Policy: Environmental Toxins Key Topic at Leading International Ob-Gyn Event: FIGO

Exposure to toxic environmental chemicals among women and men of reproductive age is ubiquitous and threatens healthy human reproduction. At the 2015 International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO)World Congress, attendees will have several exciting opportunities to learn more about the science that links exposure to toxic environmental chemicals with adverse reproductive health outcomes and what reproductive health professionals are doing to prevent harm. All the sessions have been organized by FIGO, along with these member societies: ACOG, American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC), the World Health Organization (WHO), UCSF OB/GYN & RS, and UCSF-PRHE. Jeanne A. Conry, MD, PhD, Assistant Physician-in-Chief, Kaiser Permanente, and immediate past president of ACOG, has been instrumental in developing this series of based upon her ACOG Presidential Initiative.


Symposium – Reproductive Health and the Environment


Dr. Conry will lead a symposium on Reproductive Health and the Environment on Wednesday, 7 October 2015, 9:55 AM – 11:25 AM, Vancouver Convention Centre, Room 118-120. The discussion will cover the following topics, delivered by guest speakers: 1) From Silent Spring to Silent Night, Tyrone B. Hayes, PhD, Professor, Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley, 2) Global Reproductive Health and the Environment: What Does the Evidence Say?, Tracey J. Woodruff, PhD, MPH, Professor and Director, University of California, San Francisco, Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (UCSF-PRHE) and, 3) Environmental Reproductive Health in Developing Countries, Katsi Cook, Executive Director, Woman is the First Environment Collaborative of Running Strong for American Indian Youth.


Keynote Lecture


On Tuesday, 6 October 2015, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Linda C. Giudice, MD, PhD, MSc, Distinguished Professor and Chair, UCSF Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences (UCSF OB/GYN & RS), will present The Markku Seppala Ovidon Lecture keynote lecture on “Environmental Exposures and Reproductive Outcomes: A Call to Action!”


Pre-Congress Summit


The Pre-Congress invitational Summit on Shaping Our Planetary Legacy: Setting an Agenda for Environmental Reproductive Health will bring together leaders in national and global reproductive health; they will create a global plan of action to prevent harmful exposure to toxic environmental chemicals at a workshop on Sunday, October 4, 2015. A presentation on the science will be given by Linda S. Birnbaum, PhD, Director, U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the National Toxicology Program. The remainder of the workshop will consist of small and large group discussions facilitated by global leaders in reproductive health. Together, workshop participants will develop a preliminary action plan for research and policy.


Register now to attend as a delegate.

For more information about FIGO and to register, please visit their website.

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