Acting Associate Director for Health, National Health and Environmental
Effects Research Laboratory, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA).
Approximately 40 scientists at Birnbaum's EPA laboratory in North Carolina are
studying endocrine disruption. She has long been interested in chemicals that
affect hormone systems. Her expertise is in studying dioxin and PCBs, both
very potent at disrupting hormones.
Senior Program Scientist and Director of the Wildlife and Contaminants Program,
World Wildlife Fund, Inc. Colborn was a grandmother with a background in
pharmacy when she returned to school and got her Ph.D. at the age of
fifty-eight. She is the co-author of Our Stolen Future (1996) and organizer of
a groundbreaking 1991 meeting at the Wingspread conference center in Wisconsin
that brought together scientists to discuss the evidence on endocrine
Former Manager of Government Affairs Sandoz Agro, Inc. (now Novartis).
Forsythe was the head of government affairs for Sandoz Agro, Inc. in Illinois
(now Novartis), a pesticide manufacturer. Forsythe was the company's sole
lobbyist for the United States and headed the pesticide industry's first
committee on endocrine disruption before she left Sandoz at the end of 1996.
Professor of Zoology Department of Zoology, University of Florida. Guillette
has studied alligators in Florida for over ten years. Based on Theo Colborn's
work, and the findings at the 1991 Wingspread conference in Wisconsin, he
shifted his research to hormones -- asking whether environmental contaminants
could be affecting alligator health and development.
Distinguished Professor of Toxicology, Department of Veterinary Physiology and
Pharmacology at Texas A&M University. Safe has conducted major research
into the anti-estrogenic effects of manmade chemicals. He has been a leading
critic of the endocrine disruption hypothesis espoused by Theo Colborn and
Professor of Biological Sciences, University of Missouri. A leading researcher
in the field of developmental biology, Vom Saal has studied the effects of both
natural and synthetic hormones at extremely low doses. His studies that have
shown that extremely low doses of hormones can permanently alter development of
the reproductive system in mice. He has also studied how manmade chemicals,
including plastics, can mimic hormones at extremely low doses.
President, American Crop Protection Association (formerly the National
Agricultural Chemicals Association).Vroom heads the not-for-profit trade
organization of U.S. manufacturers, formulators and distributors of
agricultural crop protection and pest control products. Founded in 1933, ACPA
has an annual budget of approximately $10 million and a membership composed of
companies that produce, sell and distribute virtually all the active compounds
used in crop protection chemicals registered for use in the United States.