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Why Dad’s Environment Before Conception Matters

Why Dad’s Environment Before Conception Matters

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Why Dad’s Environment Before Conception Matters

October 11, 2019

Interviewee: Richard Pilsner, Ph.D.

In this podcast we’ll hear about how researchers are exploring preconception, particularly for fathers to be, as a critical window of susceptibility to harmful exposures. Plus, learn what you can do to improve your preconception health!

Why Dad’s Environment Before Conception Matters

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Doctors and scientists know exposure to harmful chemicals during early fetal development can cause lasting health effects. But did you know that even before conception, a man’s environment may affect his children’s health?

In this podcast we’ll hear about how researchers are exploring preconception, particularly for fathers to be, as a critical window of susceptibility to harmful exposures. Plus, learn what you can do to improve your preconception health!

Interviewee

Richard Pilsner, Ph.D.

Richard Pilsner, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He specializes in paternal preconception as a critical window of exposure that can influence male reproductive health as well as that of his offspring.

Combining studies in human populations and in rodents, Pilsner is interested in understanding the underlying mechanisms by which exposures before conception can decrease male reproductive performance and interfere with early fetal development. Specifically, he explores how harmful chemicals may cause epigenetic changes, which can be passed on to offspring.

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