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Associate Professor Özlem Karahan Özgün is responsible for a global study with the Ministry of Forestry and Water Works to identify and mitigate the effects of endocrine disruptors.

Advanced industries are positioned to solve nearly all problems that humanity has endured since the beginning. We live in germ-free areas, our food lasts longer, we have drugs to treat diseases, and cosmetics take care of skin problems. These are all possible due to the 80 thousand chemicals we synthesize and produce.

However, solving one issue shifts balance elsewhere and causes new problems to surface. Some of the chemicals we make have unwanted effects on the human body and disrupts hormone balance. Chemicals developed for various purposes end up in the soil, sewage or water resources, causing side effects.

These chemicals are called "endocrine disruptors." Their best-known effect is acting like the female hormone, or reducing the efficacy of the male hormone. Although this is the effect under most scrutiny, they have a host of other effects as well.

Associate Professor Özlem Karahan Özgün is responsible for a global study with the Ministry of Forestry and Water Works to identify and mitigate the effects of endocrine disruptors. The project involves testing hundreds of chemicals that are yet to be tested for endocrine disruption effects, and is a great stride towards the conservation of Turkey's natural resources.

We talked with Associate Professor Özlem Karahan Özgün about the details of this ITUNOVA TTO-supported project.

Click here to watch the interview.

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