On December 2 from 9:00 – 10:00 am Alaska Time (1:00 – 2:00 pm ET) Dr. Philippe Grandjean will present the latest research on PFAS contamination and their effects on immune system health. This is Part 2 of a four-part series on PFAS organized by Alaska Community Action on Toxics as part of the Alaska PFAS Summit.
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have been widely used in textiles, cookware, and food packaging for stain and stick resistance for more than fifty years. Today, these compounds are widespread in our environment, the foods we eat, and our bodies.
Dr. Philippe Grandjean and others have been investigating the relationship between PFAS and human health, in particular, the effects of PFAS on the human immune system. The global COVID-19 pandemic highlights the importance of immune system health, the effectiveness of vaccinations, and the role PFAS play in human health. Specifically, Dr. Grandjean will present research results that show that PFAS exposure reduces the effectiveness of vaccines, how infectious disease in children is different from adult disease, and his team’s most recent data on COVID-19.