I get lots of emails every week from people who are interested in getting tested for toxic chemicals. Now I have the pleasure of letting you know about a study at the University of British Columbia that is just getting underway.
If you are less than 15 weeks pregnant and living in the Greater Vancouver area you may be able to participate. The study is called “Chemicals, Health and Pregnancy Study”. 
The aim of the study is to find out if chemicals used in flame retardants (PBDEs) and stain repellents (PFCs) influence thyroid hormone levels during pregnancy. They are researching this because “thyroid hormones help to control fetal brain development.”
To be eligible for this study you must be:
–         less than 15 weeks pregnant and living in the Greater Vancouver area;
–         Planning to deliver at BC Women’s Hospital (Vancouver), St Paul’s Hospital (Vancouver) or at home;
–         A non-smoker; and
–         Have lived in North America for the past 3 years (by their due date) 
If you want to know more about this study, you can check out the ‘Chemicals, Health and Pregnancy Study’ website. They plan to continue recruiting until December 2007.
Toxic Nation is not recruiting test volunteers for any studies right now. But I will post notices of any studies that I hear about.
 
Cheers,
Toxic Nation Campaigner