Pam R. Factor-Litvak

Columbia University, USA


Pam R. Factor-Litvak's current research interests concern the biological relationships between environmental exposures and development. She is particularly interested in in utero and early childhood exposures to heavy metals (e.g., lead, mercury), endocrine disrupting compounds (e.g., PCBs, organohalogen pesticides), and developmental and reproductive outcomes in late childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Most of Dr. Factor-Litvak’s research utilizes birth cohorts or groups of individuals born at particular times and in particular places. Dr. Factor-Litvak is part of a large multisite collaborative team investigating the early determinants of adult health in two birth cohorts, now being followed in adulthood—the Child Health and Development Study (Oakland, Calif, USA) and the Boston-Providence cohort of the National Collaborative Perinatal Project. As part of this collaboration, she is principal investigator of two studies—one looking at the associations between prenatal thyroid function, exposure to organochlorine compounds, and male reproductive function and one looking at the associations between prenatal thyroid function, exposure to organochlorine compounds and neurodevelopment. She has recently completed two studies initiated due to public concerns, first, a study of the possible associations between mercury derived from dental restorations (silver-mercury fillings) and neuropsychological, neurological, and psychiatric symptoms in adults, and second, an ecologic study of the relationships between residential proximity to hazardous waste sites and school district-based special education classifications of autism. Dr. Factor-Litvak has served on numerous NIH review committees, serves on an international committee to investigate the etiology of autistic spectrum disorders, an NIEHS/CDC committee to investigate thimerosol in the etiology of autism, and on a World Health Organization expert panel on endocrine disrupting chemicals.

Biography Updated on 12 April 2009

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