Environmental mercury and its effect on children

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Environmental mercury and its effect on children is the topic of a free seminar at noon Friday, Jan. 28, in Hudnall Auditorium at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, 11937 U.S. Highway 271 in Tyler.

Larry Lowry, Ph.D., co-director of UTHSCT’s Southwest Center for Pediatric Environmental Health, will describe the various forms of mercury and their different health effects. He will identify sources of mercury in the environment and discuss why mercury is a special risk to children. Dr. Lowry will discuss the toxicology of thimerosal, a preservative containing mercury that has been used in vaccines, and its impact on infants’ health. He also will outline the health advisories from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency about concentrations of mercury found in fish.

UTHSCT’s Department of Medical Education sponsors the free Grand Rounds lecture. It is designed for physicians and other health-care providers.

Lunch will be provided, but reservations are required. For information or to reserve a place, call the Department of Medical Education at (903) 877-7255.

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