Ellen K. Silbergeld, Ph.D
Ellen K. Silbergeld holds a Ph.D. in environmental engineering from John Hopkins University, where she is a professor in epidemiology, environmental health sciences, and health policy and management. Her research and professional activities bridge science and public policy, with a focus on the incorporation of epidemiology and mechanistic toxicology into environmental and occupational health policy. Her areas of current focus include the health and environmental impacts of industrial food animal production; cardiovascular risks of arsenic, lead, and cadmium; and immunotoxicity of mercury compounds. She has served as a science advisor for the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and international organizations, including the World Bank, United Nations Environment Programme, World Health Organization, Pan American Health Organization, Food and Agriculture Organization, and the International Labour Organization. She has served as editor-in-chief of Environmental Research and has published more than 450 peer-reviewed articles, monographs, and reviews. She is the recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the Society of Toxicology, the Barsky Award from the American Public Health Organization, and a MacArthur Foundation “genius” award.
Drinking Water and the Developing Brain
While the problem of unsafe tap water in Flint, Michigan fueled outrage and better awareness in regard to the hazards of lead in tap water, the problem has existed in city after city for years in the US and in other countries. Our article examines the potentially harmful contaminants that have yet to be evaluated, much less regulated, as they pertain to brain development.