Warren G. Foster

McMaster University, Canada


Dr. Foster is a Professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at McMaster University with expertise in reproductive/developmental toxicology and reproductive endocrinology. His research interests are broadly focused on investigation of the role of environmental toxicants on human health. Dr. Foster has led several studied designed to quantify human exposure to environmental contaminants including endocrine disrupters and to explore potential links with adverse reproductive health outcomes. A primary focus of his research program is the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the adverse effects of environmental toxicants in estrogen regulated target tissues such as the breast, ovary and endometrium. Dr. Foster’s laboratory is currently investigating the mechanisms underlying cigarette smoking induced loss of primordial follicles and premature ovarian failure. Toxicant-induced changes in the expression of cell survival (autophagy) vs. cell death (apoptosis) signalling pathway markers are being explored using innovative culture techniques and animal models. Clinical studies are used to elucidate the relevance of animal studies for human health. Dr. Foster has established an international reputation as shown by service on numerous prestigious regional, national and international committees. He is a regular contributor to the peer reviewed scientific literature with greater than 250 scientific articles and presentations. His research is supported by grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and Health Canada. Dr. Foster was also a recipient of a CIHR/Ontario Women’s Health Council mid-career award as well as an Ontario Women’s Health Council career award.

Biography Updated on 10 April 2011

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