December 3, 2018
Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Laura Vandenberg is among five UMass scientists profiled in the latest issue of UMass Magazine for a feature article titled "Target: Breast Cancer." The story examines researchers who are investigating the causes of breast cancer and how to prevent it. Per the magazine, "Their work is vitally important to women, as 12 percent are predicted to be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetimes. This research gives hope to the 268,670 women and men who are expected to learn they have breast cancer this year and it will help lower the 41,400 annual breast cancer deaths."
Vandenberg researches the impact of endocrine disruptors—chemicals that mimic or block hormone action—on breast function and disease. She is also noted for her work outside the laboratory: a staunch policy advocate, she has been lauded for her willingness to stand up for public safety, a task which frequently pits her against "powerful forces as she promotes tighter chemical regulations and rigorous safety testing."
“Advocating for public health is the most important thing I can do in my career,” Vandenberg says.
The story appears in the Fall 2018 issue of the magazine.