Front cover Marijke de Cock (E&H) for research on thyroid hormones disruption

Environmental Health and Toxicology researcher Marijke de Cock has been awarded a front cover on the Journal of Pediatric Research, for her research on thyroid hormones disruption as a consequence of PCB-153 and DDE exposure.

08/28/2017 | 10:01 AM

Thyroid hormones
Thyroid hormones are essential for brain development. By analyzing heel prick data from over 1750 newborns, de Cock found that early life exposure to PCB-153 and DDE (the metabolite of the pesticide DDT) was associated with 12-15% lower thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) levels.

Various confounding factors were taken into account, by graphically mapping associations between these factors and the chemical exposures as well as the TSH levels, and by including these factors in the analyses. The study of de Cock is the largest study to date on this topic.

Journal of Pediatric Research
One of the figures of her study was selected to illustrate the cover of the September issue of the Journal of Pediatric Research.

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