Bisphenol A (BPA) researchers convened on January 28 to 29, 2013 at a meeting organized by the U.S. National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to discuss their latest findings on BPA biomonitoring and health effects associated with BPA. More than a hundred NIEHS grant recipients met at the conference, which was organized by Jerry Heindel and Thaddeus Schug of the NIEHS Division of Extramural Research and Training (DERT) and opened by Linda Birnbaum, Director of NIEHS and the National Toxicology Program (NTP).

An entire morning session of the meeting was dedicated to the discussion of a new methodology for the biomonitoring of serum BPA. Tracey Woodruff and Roy Gerona from the University of California, San Francisco together with Laura Vandenberg from Tufts University presented their round-robin experiment which aims at formulating a methodology that increases inter-laboratory accuracy when measuring serum BPA levels. Further, exposure scenarios other than diet and advances in the research of different health endpoints related to BPA were discussed. Linda Birnbaum stated after the meeting that differences in individual susceptibility to BPA may influence disease outcomes. She concluded that with respect to BPA early life exposures are the biggest public health concern.

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