Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals: Hazards and Opportunities (ECHO)


Course Information

Course Date: May 25 – June 9, 2022

Deadline: January 25, 2022

Directors: Patricia Hunt, Washington State University; Joan Ruderman, Princeton University

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Course Description

Numerous chemicals invented for agricultural, industrial and consumer products are now known to interfere with hormone-regulated events in development, reproduction, metabolism, and behavior. Exposures to many of these endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) have pronounced adverse effects in animals (including transgenerational effects), and increasing evidence suggests human populations also are affected. The field has attracted increasing scrutiny, bringing EDC researchers into contact with the press, regulatory agencies, industry, and consumer groups. Thus, expertise across a wide range of disciplines is required to understand and deal with the full impacts of EDCs. The course focuses on the chemical, biological, and societal challenges of EDCs and new opportunities for moving forward. The course will provide an immersion experience designed to foster deeper understanding of key questions, state-of-the-art approaches, and intersecting needs of the biologists from many sub-disciplines, chemists, public health researchers, epidemiologists, clinicians, industry, and federal regulatory agencies involved in the field. Designed for advanced graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, clinicians, and established investigators transitioning into the EDC field, the course format will include labs (including work using model organisms like mouse and C. elegans), lectures, discussions, and communication training sessions. The ultimate goal is to bring together individuals across the entire field to broaden their understanding and forge cross-disciplinary collaborations with the goal of advancing the field and training future leaders.

Financial Information: Tuition: $2,400.00; Room & Board: $1,260.00. The admissions process at the Marine Biological Laboratory is need-blind, meaning that we evaluate students on their merits alone, without weighing their financial situations. Financial assistance is available for those admitted students who are in need. Upon acceptance, students will be asked to complete a financial aid request form if they need assistance. Significant financial aid is available providing up to 80% of student need, excluding travel.

2022 Course Faculty

Patricia Hunt, Washington State University
Joan Ruderman, Princeton University
Laura Vandenberg, UMass Amherst
Heather Patisaul, North Carolina State University
Terry Collins, Carnegie Mellon University
Mónica Colaiácovo, Harvard Medical School
Scott Belcher, North Carolina State University
Genoa Warner, University of Illinois
Amy Kostant, Science Communication Network

Course Support

This course is supported with funds provided by:

The National Institutes of Health
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Harvard Radcliffe Institute
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Healthy Environment and Endocrine Disruptor Strategies, HEEDS