Lars Rylander: “It is still surprisingly many women that are exposed to noise, vibrations, air pollutions, chemicals etc. during pregnancy”
20th of December 2017
Course leader presentation: Lars Rylander
Occupational Hazards and Reproductive Health, 16th – 19th of April, 2018, Quality Hotel View, Malmö, Sweden
1. What is your background? A short presentation of yourself.
I work as an epidemiologist at the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Lund University, and my main research interest is in the field of reproductive medicine. Of special interest for me is the importance of exposure during the fetal period and its impact on health in the short term as well as in the long term perspectives. The majority of the projects which I have been involved in has focused on the so called endocrine disruptors, which is chemicals that can disturb our normal hormonal functions (e.g chlorinated and fluorinated compounds and phthalates). In many projects we have used the unique infrastructures that are present in the Nordic countries, such as registers and biobanks.
- Why do you think that occupational hazards and reproductive health is an important and current issue to discuss in 2018?
Although the work environment has improved for many occupations it is still surprisingly many women that are exposed to noise, vibrations, air pollution’s, chemicals etc. during pregnancy so the issue is still of great importance.
- Your greetings to the participants of the course.
My own experience of previous courses is that it has been an extremely good opportunity to get to know the latest current state-of-art for the importance of different exposures to the pregnant woman and to the unborn child. In addition, it’s a great opportunity to network with colleagues who have similar questions that you have. So I warmly welcome you!