Epidemiology Seminar Series with Jessie P. Buckley

Event Details

January 31, 2020
10:00 am-11:00 am

Life Science Laboratories

Room: LSL S330

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission

Title:  Environmental Osteotoxicants: Do Early Life Chemical Exposures Affect Childhood Bone Health?

Dr. Buckley will discuss the hypothesis that environmental chemical exposures impair skeletal development and bone mass accrual, with a particular focus on the role of gestational and childhood exposures. She will provide an overview of the existing evidence and share her recent work evaluating the influence of early life chemical exposures on bone health in children. Specifically, Dr. Buckley will present results assessing associations of perfluoroalkyl substance exposures with height and bone mineral density in the Health Outcomes and Measures of the Environment (HOME) Study.

Perfluoroalkyl substances are man-made chemicals with widespread exposures among pregnant women and children. These chemicals have been found to lower bone density in animals but little is known about how they affect bone health in humans. In this seminar, Dr. Buckley will discuss her study examining whether exposure to these chemicals is related to altered bone growth and strength in children.

Jessie Buckley, PhD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Health & Engineering and Epidemiology (joint) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her research program aims to characterize environmental exposures during early life and determine their effects on child physical growth and development. As a National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) awardee, she is evaluating the hypothesis that environmental chemicals impact bone growth and strength in children. Dr. Buckley received her MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health from the George Washington University and PhD in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.