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Perspectives from epidemiology, toxicology & clinical experience, an endocrine disruptor discussion with Dr. Shanna Swan, FREIA's coordinator Dr Majorie van Duursen & Dr. Lola Gómez Roig

A special webinar on 15 March at 16:00 CET, organised by the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), on the occasion of the release of renowned epidemiologist Dr. Shanna Swan’s new book, “Count Down: How Our Modern World Is Threatening Sperm Counts, Altering Male and Female Reproductive Development, and Imperiling the Future of the Human Race”.

Building on more than 25 years of research on the associations between exposure to environmental pollutants and health effects, Dr. Swan’s new book paints a bleak but important picture about how chemicals in our environment and unhealthy lifestyle practices are disrupting our hormonal balance and causing varying degrees of reproductive havoc. These trends are contributing to the current decline in sperm count, harm fertility, and are leading to long-term and cross-generational health problems even after one has left the reproductive years. It is a clarion call for more protective public policies and changes in our modern way or living.

During this webinar, Dr. Swan will present the main findings of her book as well as her recommendations for more protective public policies. Her presentation will be followed by a moderated discussion between her and two guest speakers:

photo of Dr. Majorie van Duursen

Dr. Majorie van Duursen is a professor of Toxicology at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam and the coordinator of one of Europe’s leading research projects to upgrade testing methods on endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), FREIA (Female Reproductive Toxicity of EDCs – A Human Evidence-Based Screening and Identification Approach), which aims to develop new test methods to identify EDCs toxic to female reproduction. 

photo of Dr. Lola Gómez Roig

Dr. Lola Gómez Roig is the Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department at the Hospital Sant Joan de Déu, University of Barcelona and and a member of the International Federation of Gynecologists and Obstetricians (FIGO), where she sits and actively participates in the committee on reproductive developmental & environmental health.

Bringing together the three perspectives from epidemiology, toxicology and clinical experience, the discussion will explore the important links between scientific advancements in relation to endocrine disrupting chemicals, regulatory actions to minimise human exposure to them as well as prevention policies in the specific context of Europe’s recently launched Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability.

This webinar is an ‘on invitation’ only event, but a recording will be made available after the event on HEAL’s website.

Click here for more information and to register.


The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) is the leading not-for-profit organisation addressing how the environment affects human health in the European Union (EU) and beyond. HEAL works to shape laws and policies that promote planetary and human health and protect those most affected by pollution, and raise awareness on the benefits of environmental action for health. HEAL’s EU Transparency Register Number: 00723343929-96.

For more information about this event, please contact Ivonne Leenen (ivonne@env-health.org).