About the Program

"The Impact of Green Chemistry on Global Health"

The intent of the lecture series is to address current issues facing public health practitioners and health policy makers in the global health arena. Green chemistry, or sustainable chemistry, is that area of chemistry focused on developing products or processes that ”reduce or eliminate the generation of hazardous substances.” In fact, the value of green chemistry in health prevention and maintenance is just being discovered. Many chemical products and processes, both during and after use, create water contaminants that affect the health of populations. For example, Endocrine Disrupting (ED) compounds, those chemical compounds that mimic hormones, pose substantial risks to the aquatic environment that chemists need to better understand and ameliorate. EDs can be pharmaceuticals, plasticizers such as bisphenol A (BPA) found in food and drink packaging, and even phytoestrogens found in soy-derived products. Terry Collins, the Teresa Heinz Professor of Green Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University, will examine how chemicals affect our health here and globally and how green chemistry can improve the health of the citizens of the world.


Welcome: Andrew M. Peterson, PharmD, PhD’09, John Wyeth Dean
Keynote Presentation: Terrence J. Collins, PhD
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