Women's Health and the Environment (WHE)

Lab Collaboration

Analysis of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in urine for a study of women and ovarian function

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Women’s Health and the Environment (WHE) is a study designed to shed light on the mechanisms by which toxic chemicals disrupt reproductive function. The study will also examine the protective mechanisms that prevent such harm. The study is being conducted by researchers at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) Center for Occupational and Environmental Health.

In a sub-study examining ovarian function and exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), Biomonitoring California laboratories are analyzing PAHs in urine.

Project Publications

Luderer et al. (2017)
Luderer U, Christensen F, Johnson WO, She J, Ip HSS, Zhou J, Alvaran J, Krieg EF Jr, Kesner JS (2017). Associations between urinary biomarkers of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon exposure and reproductive function during menstrual cycles in women. Environ Int (in press). DOI:10.1016/j.envint.2016.12.021. Epub: 2017 January 5. Link to abstract

Project Type: 

Laboratory collaboration

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51 Women, most of whom provided samples from 3 mentrual cycles

Sample Collection Date: 

2010 to 2012

Sample Collection Area: 

Orange County

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