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Richard Pilsner (FRS '15-16) Awarded NIH Grant to Further Research on Effects of Dads' Environmental Exposure to Chemicals on Offspring Development

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A recently published study led by environmental health scientist Richard Pilsner (FRS '15-16) is one of the first to investigate whether preconception exposures to phthalates in fathers has an effect on reproductive success via embryo quality. Pilsner found that exposures from select chemicals tested were associated with “a pronounced decrease in blastocyst quality” at an early stage in embryo development. Details appear in the current issue of Human Reproduction from Oxford University Press. Read more in Inside UMass.

Pilsner will complement this work with another study funded through a recently received a two-year, $375,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health. It will investigate whether sperm from adult mice exposed to endocrine-disrupting chemicals is linked to health effects in the offspring. Read more in Inside UMass.