Neurotoxicology Comes to Beckman
We live in a chemical world. Every day we take in a host of chemicals in the food we eat, the air we breathe, and the products we touch or apply to our skin. Some of these chemicals are present in everyday consumer products such as food packaging, household cleaners, and personal care items like soaps, deodorants, lotions, and sunscreens. Others are legacy contaminants that were used in the past, but continue to persistent in our environment. Our research group studies how chemical exposures contribute to human disease, using both animal models and epidemiologic approaches. We are particularly interested in how prenatal or early postnatal exposures contribute to neurodevelopmental disorders. In this seminar, I will discuss how exposure to one important class of contaminants, polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs, impacts development and function of the auditory system.
Susan Schantz is a professor of toxicology in the Department of Comparative Biosciences, College of Veterinary Medicine. Schantz is a University Scholar and a recipient of the College of Veterinary Medicine Research Award and All Around Excellence Award. She has directed a National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) T32 training program in endocrine, developmental, and reproductive toxicology for the past 15 years and a Children’s Environmental Health Research Center jointly funded by NIEHS and the US Environmental Protection Agency for the past five years. In addition, she is currently the interim director of the Neuroscience Program. Recently, Schantz moved her neurotoxicology research program to the Beckman Institute where she is a full-time member of the NeuroTech Group.