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  • April 9, 2021 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Presenter: Garthika Navaranjan

Garthika Navaranjan recently defended her PhD in Occupational and Environmental Health from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH), University of Toronto. She also holds a Master’s of Public Health in Epidemiology from DLSPH. She has worked as a Research Associate at the Occupational Cancer Research Centre on a variety of epidemiological projects studying the causes of work-related cancers.

Title: Association Between Early Life Exposure to Phthalates and Organophosphate Esters and the Development of Childhood Asthma and Wheeze

Asthma is the most common chronic disease among children. The etiology of childhood asthma is not fully known, although both genetic and environmental factors play a role. Children spend most of their early life indoors, exposed to chemicals used in consumer and building products, which may present a risk to asthma development. This includes exposure to phthalates, used as plasticizers, and organophosphate esters (OPEs), used as flame retardants and plasticizers, although epidemiological studies have not considered early life exposure to these chemicals. Using data from the Canadian CHILD Cohort Study, this presentation will explore the association between early life exposure to phthalates and OPEs, and the development of childhood asthma, as well as the interplay with genetics.