Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl substances in human milk and effects on the infant gut microbiome

Speaker: Megan Romano, PhD

Description: Dr. Romano discusses her CHEAR supported project “Perfluoroalkyl substances and lipid composition in human milk.” Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are synthetic and persistent endocrine-disrupting chemicals that may transfer from maternal blood to human milk, an important exposure source for infants. Dr. Romano focuses on the results of the project examining the correlation of PFAS in maternal plasma from pregnancy with levels found in human milk. Understanding the health implications for infants and children exposed to PFAS through human milk remains a critical public health priority.