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  • In rats, perinatal exposure to phthalates impairs brain structure and function

    From left, Jari Willing, Daniel Kougias and Janice Juraska found that perinatal exposure to phthalates caused cognitive and neurological deficits in rats.

    Scientists, including, from left, postdoctoral researcher Jari Willing, former graduate student Daniel Kougias, seated, and psychology professor Janice Juraska, found that perinatal exposure to phthalates caused cognitive and neurological deficits in rats. Kougias is now a scientist at Cardno ChemRisk.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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  • Editor’s notes:
    To reach Janice Juraska, call 217-333-8546; email jjuraska@illinois.edu.  
    The paper “Perinatal exposure to an environmentally relevant mixture of phthalates results in a lower number of neurons and synapses in the medial prefrontal cortex and decreased cognitive flexibility in adult male and female rats” is available online and from the U. of I. News Bureau.
    DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0607-18.2018