M.S. Thesis Defense

  • Date:
    Apr 04 2014
    09:00am to 10:00am
    UMass Amherst, Arnold House, Room 321

    M.S. student Iris Corbasson will present her thesis defense, entitled "The Association between Urinary Bisphenol-A, Phthalate Metabolites and Body Fat Composition in US Adults using NHANES." All are welcome to attend!


    Due to the widespread use of the endocrine disruptors Bisphenol-A (BPA) and phthalates in many plastic consumer goods, medical equipment, and personal care products, more than 95% of the US population show detectable levels of urinary BPA and phthalate metabolites. We are concerned that these endocrine disrupters may contribute to the obesity epidemic, as they have been linked to increased body mass index (BMI in kg/m2), an inexpensive diagnostic tool for obesity, which may however not reflect body fatness. Using data from the National Health and Examination Survey (NHANES), we evaluated the association between urinary BPA, urinary phthalate metabolites and Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry body fat composition measures – a better representation for body fatness – among US adults.