Remembering Theo Colborn

Dr. Theo Colborn, President and founder of TEDX (The Endocrine Disruption Exchange, Inc)

Dr. Theo Colborn, was the Founder and President Emeritus of The Endocrine Disruption Exchange (TEDX), based in Paonia, Colorado.

A new TEDX commentary, Twenty-Five Years of Endocrine Disruption Science: Remembering Theo Colborn by Carol F. Kwiatkowski, Ashley L. Bolden, Richard A. Liroff, Johanna R. Rochester, and John G. Vandenbergh, was published today in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

We are grateful to Theo for all she did and to everyone at TEDX for continuing this important work!

For nearly 30 years, Dr. Theo Colborn (1927–2014) dedicated herself to studying the harmful effects of endocrine-disrupting chemicals on wildlife, humans, and the environment. More recently, she extended this effort to address the health impacts of unconventional oil and gas development. Colborn was a visionary leader who excelled at synthesizing scientific findings across disciplines. Using her unique insights and strong moral convictions, she changed the face of toxicological research, influenced chemical regulatory policy, and educated the public. In 2003, Colborn started a nonprofit organization—The Endocrine Disruption Exchange (TEDX). As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of endocrine disruption science, TEDX continues her legacy of analyzing the extensive body of environmental health research and developing unique educational resources to support public policy and education. Among other tools, TEDX currently uses the systematic review framework developed by the National Toxicology Program at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, to answer research questions of pressing concern. In this article, we pay homage to the tenacious woman and the exemplary contribution she made to the field of environmental health. Recommendations for the future of the field are drawn from her wisdom.

Read the full article: Twenty-Five Years of Endocrine Disruption Science: Remembering Theo Colborn

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