Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences
Associate Member Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences Health Sciences Centre McMaster University
Concerns about the impact of chemical toxicants in the environment on animal and human health are increasing globally. Although there is a growing perception that these chemical insults adversely affect the health of animal and human populations, there is still little information regarding the mechanisms underlying their actions. To date, research attention has focused largely on adverse reproductive effects following exposure to environmental contaminants with estrogenic activity, and has, for the most part, not examined other endocrine or metabolic outcomes. However, it has been suggested that exposure to environmental contaminants may also have an important role in the etiology of metabolic disorders including type 2 diabetes and obesity.