Brown epidemiologist breaks down ‘forever chemicals’ and the research on their health effects

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — For nearly two decades, Brown University Associate Professor of Epidemiology Joseph Braun has been studying the human health effects, from before conception through adolescence, of exposure to environmental pollutants. Through interdisciplinary, multi-institution research projects, Braun and his collaborators measure levels of exposure and analyze associations with a range of different disorders and health issues, from those that may be experienced by individuals to those that can be passed along through genes to children.

The health effects of these chemicals are becoming indisputable, said Braun, who directs the Center for Children's Environmental Health at Brown’s School of Public Health.

“There are multiple research groups around the country and the world that are finding more and more ways that exposure to these chemicals not only impacts the health of individuals but also their offspring,” he said. “It’s no longer a matter of ‘if’ but ‘how’ — and there many answers to ‘how.’” KEEP READING