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PFAS and Children’s Health

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PFAS and Children’s Health

May 16, 2019 

Interviewee: Joseph Braun, Ph.D.

In this podcast, we’ll learn about a complex group of chemicals known as PFAS and how researchers are working to understand how they may impact early development in children.

PFAS and Children’s Health

Since the 1940s, a group of man-made chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have been used in the manufacturing of everyday household products. These chemicals exist in thousands of combinations, many of which can remain in the human body for years. Humans can be exposed through food and water contaminated with PFAS. PFAS have been linked to many negative health impacts, including developmental and behavioral outcomes in young children.


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Joseph Braun, Ph.D., is an associate professor of epidemiology for Brown University’s School of Public Health. He has a B.S. in Nursing from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and practiced as a school nurse before pursing an M.S.P.H in Epidemiology and then a Ph.D. in Epidemiology, both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Braun leads three prospective cohort studies that aim to follow the effects of chemical exposures in children over time. In 2017 he was named one of the 20 Pioneers under 40 in Environmental Public Health.

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