Project TENDR

Targeting Environmental Neuro-Development Risks

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A National Strategy to Eliminate Childhood Lead Poisoning

Top scientists and physicians call for eliminating lead poisoning for all US children within five years. Project TENDR’s goals and recommendations to fully protect children from lead poisoning were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on May 15, 2017. You can read the full article here.

Project TENDR in the American Journal of Nursing

Project TENDR member Laura Anderko PhD, RN authored a commentary published in the American Journal of Nursing. Read the full article here.


TENDR Commentary in Epidemiology

Prevention of Developmental Neurotoxicity

By: Philippe Grandjean, Reiko Kishi and Manolis Kogevinas on behalf of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology

This Commentary on the TENDR consensus statement was published in the March 2017 issue of Epidemiology, lending an international perspective to our work. Read the full article here.

TENDR in The Journal of the American Medical Association

In October 2016, The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published an article on the unprecedented call to action by Project TENDR. Read the full article here.

TENDR on KQED Forum July 7, 2016 Listen to episode

Episode aired July 7, 2016, Listen now
Last week a coalition of leading physicians, scientists and health advocates called for tougher regulation of chemicals in common household items — including flame-retardant furniture and food wrapping. We’ll talk with experts about how these chemicals could impact your child’s development, and about how to reduce your family’s exposure. We’ll also discuss the sweeping new federal law on toxic chemicals, which Congress passed last month.

Host Marisa Lagos talks with Asa Bradman, co-founder of the Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health, UC Berkeley
Irva Hertz-Picciotto, professor of Epidemiology and of Environmental & Occupational Health, UC Davis; director of the UC Davis Environmental Health Sciences Center
Sonya Lunder, senior analyst, Environmental Working Group
Alex Guillen, energy reporter, Politico

You can also follow Forum on social media @KQEDForum on Twitter, KQED Forum on Facebook and kqed_forum on Instagram.


Dangerous chemicals hiding in everyday products
By Nadia Kounang, CNN
Updated 2:33 PM ET, Fri July 1, 2016

“It was long believed that you could acquire “better living through chemistry.” But that may really not be the case. In a landmark alliance, known as Project TENDR, leaders of various disciplines have come together in a consensus statement to say that many of the chemicals found in everyday products can result in neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism and attention-deficit disorders.

“Ten years ago, this consensus wouldn’t have been possible, but the research is abundantly clear,” said Irva Hertz-Picciotto, an environmental epidemiologist at the University of California, Davis and co-chairwoman of Project TENDR. ” Read full article

TENDR in The New York Times

A Call for Action on Toxic Chemicals

By Roni Caryn Rabin
July 1, 2016 12:01 am

Every day, children and adults are exposed to a variety of chemicals found in common household items. Now a growing body of research suggests that many of these chemicals — which are used to make plastic more flexible, fruits and vegetables more abundant and upholstery less flammable — may also pose a threat to the developing brain.” Read full article

TENDR Consensus Statement Available Now

The TENDR Consensus Statement is published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives as of July 1, 2016.

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