Timme-Laragy discusses research on WAMC Public Radio’s “Midday Magazine” program


Alicia Timme-Laragy

December 15, 2017

Northeast Public Radio recently interviewed Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Alicia Timme-Laragy for its “Midday Magazine” program. Timme-Laragy discussed her recent $1.9 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to study the health effects of environmental pollutants, perfluoro-octanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and its recent replacement chemical, perfluoro-butanesulfonic (PFBS). “There are reports of PFOS being transferred from the mother into the egg,“ Timme-Laragy explains. And so part of what we’re trying to figure out is are these effects on the developing pancreas, which is your major nutrient-sensing organ, and is related to metabolic syndrome and diabetes and all of these health effects, is that disruption coming from exposure to PFOS itself or is it more of a nutrient alteration ?”

Timme-Lagary plans to assess the effects on nutrient deposition in the embryos of three different organisms – zebrafish, roundworms, and fruit flies - with exposure before conception, as well as consequences for later-life metabolic dysfunction. If the same thing occurs in all three organisms, it will give scientists some confidence that there is relevance for human health.

Listen to her full interview here.