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Bernhard Hennig, PhD invited speaker

(Fall 2013) University of Kentucky

November 16, 2013

DOHaD 8th World Congress on Developmental Origins of Health and Disease Nov 17-20, 2013 -- SUNTEC Singapore

The symposium was sponsored by NIEHS/NIH and planned and organized by Dr. Jerrold Heindel, NIEHS/NIH.  Dr. Hennig’s talk was entitled “Nutritional Modulation of the Toxicity of Environmental Pollutants”. Nutrition may serve as either an agonist or an antagonist of the health impacts associated with exposure to environmental pollutants. Evidence was presented that healthful nutrition may reduce human risks associated with toxicant exposures and vulnerability to diseases linked to environmental toxic insults. Presentations during the satellite meeting stressed the importance of exposure to environmental pollutants as possible triggers of diseases during development and the modulatory role of nutrition of disease development throughout the lifecycle.

Information from the Workshop below

Nutritional Modulation of the Toxicity of Environmental Pollutants

The pathology of chronic diseases is complex and may be influenced by exposure to environmental pollutants throughout the lifespan. While a sedentary lifestyle and/or poor dietary habits can exacerbate the deleterious effects resulting from such exposure, much emerging evidence suggests that nutrition can modulate the toxicity of environmental pollutants. Nutrition may serve as either an agonist or an antagonist of the health impacts associated with exposure to environmental pollutants. Thus, healthful nutrition may reduce human health risks associated with toxicant exposures and vulnerability to diseases linked to environmental toxic insults. There is a significant need to further explore this nutritional paradigm in environmental toxicology and to improve our understanding of the relationship between nutrition or other lifestyle modifications and toxicant-induced diseases. Relevant factors include the timing, from early development through adulthood, of exposure to environmental toxicants and potential nutritional interventions and the etiology of non-communicable diseases. Understanding mechanistic relationships between nutritional modulation of environmental toxicants and susceptibility to disease development are important in the context of cumulative risk assessment paradigms.

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