About the speakers (in alphabetical order)

Gerald Ankley (US EPA, USA)

Dr. Gerald (Gary) Ankley is a Toxicologist with the USEPA/ORD Mid-Continent Ecology Division in Duluth, Minnesota.  He also is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Minnesota and University of Minnesota-Duluth.  Dr. Ankley received his BS from the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University, and MS and PhD from the School of Forest Resources at the University of Georgia. He has worked at the Duluth EPA lab for about 23 years in several areas, including the development of test methods for effluents and sediments, assessment of the effects of endocrine-disrupting chemicals on wildlife, and application of genomic and computational toxicology tools to ecological risk assessments.  He has authored more than 300 research papers and book chapters on these and related topics, and has been formally recognized as one of the most highly cited scientists in the world in the environmental sciences.  Dr. Ankley consults for a number of national and international organizations involved in chemical regulation/risk assessment, including the World Health Organization and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.  In 2008 he received the prestigious Founders Award from the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, in recognition of an outstanding career in the environmental sciences.

Poul Bjerregaard (Institute of Biology, University of Southern Denmark)

Professor in ecotoxicology at the Institute of Biology, University of Southern Denmark since 1994.  Head of ‘Danish Centre for Environmental Oestrogen Research’ under the ‘Danish Environmental Research Programme’ between 1996 and 2000.  Areas of research: Chemicals with endocrine disrupting effects. Metal and metalloid ecotoxicology in aquatic organisms. Effects of pesticides on behaviour of freshwater invertebrates. Supervisor for 18 PhD projects and more than 100 master projects since 1990. Ninety-four peer reviewed papers since 1982.

John Carter (Huntingdon Life Sciences, UK)

John Carter graduated from Bath University (UK) with a degree in Applied Microbiology and have gained broad experience of pharmaceutical and environmental microbiology with a focus on studies for registration of chemical and microbial plant protection products.  Currently, as Head of Microbiology and In Vitro Safety Assessment services at Huntingdon Life Sciences, his group performs a range of in vitro cell based assays in support of chemical registration under REACH regulations and have recently validated the EPA Tier 1 endocrine disruptor assays for Steroidogenesis, Estrogen Receptor Transcriptional Activation, Aromatase and Estrogen/Androgen receptor binding assays. 


Anne Gourmelon (OECD, FR)

Anne Gourmelon is engineer from France and has a Master in Environmental Sciences from Wageningen Agricultural University. She worked for the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation in the pesticides management group, prior to joining the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in 2002. She is administrator in the OECD Test Guidelines Programme and in the Cooperative Chemicals Assessment Programme. Anne Gourmelon has worked in the last 10 years on the development and validation of Test Guidelines for the detection of endocrine active chemicals, in particular for wildlife.


Tom Hutchinson (UK)

Tom joined the UK government’s Centre for Environment Fisheries & Aquaculture Science in 2009 where he is Programme Director for the risk assessment of chemicals and nanomaterials.  He has a PhD from the University of Plymouth (UK) and holds honorary professorships at Brunel University (UK) and the University of Exeter (UK).  Research interests include the risk assessment of emerging chemical contaminants, including biocides, pharmaceuticals and plant protection products.  He is a member of the OECD Validation Management Group for Ecotoxicology and has recently contributed to several European Science Foundation and European Environment Agency working groups on environmental risk assessment. 


Gerald LeBlanc (North Carolina State University, USA)

Dr. LeBlanc is a Professor and Head of the Department of Environmental & Molecular Toxicology, North Carolina State University.  Dr. LeBlanc maintains as active research program in environmental endocrine toxicology.  This research involves elucidating processes that contribute to the endocrine regulation of reproduction and development and their disruption by environmental agents. Dr. LeBlanc’s research also has been instrumental in developing modeling approaches for evaluating the toxicity of complex chemical mixtures.  Dr. LeBlanc has published over 140 research articles and 16 text book chapters in toxicology.  He has served on numerous federal and international science advisory committees, panels, and boards. 

Peter Matthiessen (Consultant ecotoxicology, UK)

Peter Matthiessen is a consultant ecotoxicologist who has been researching the effects of endocrine disrupters on aquatic wildlife for almost 30 years, and has contributed to approximately 130 peer-reviewed science publications. He has also been closely involved in the development of test methods for EDCs through his co-chairmanship of the OECD Validation Management Group for Ecotoxicity Tests (VMG-eco). Professor Matthiessen has been partly responsible for the development of detailed OECD guidance on how to interpret data produced by the new EDC-sensitive tests, and he is a firm supporter of the need to assess potential EDCs using risk assessment procedures.

Ellen Mihaich (Environmental and Regulatory Resources, USA)

Dr. Ellen Mihaich, owner of Environmental and Regulatory Resources, has worked in the chemical industry for over 23 years. Among endocrine-related activities, she has been a BIAC representative to the OECD Eco Validation Management Group for the last 12 years. She participated in ICCVAM panels on in vitro testing for endocrine active compounds and the use of the Frog Embryo Teratogenesis assay in human health assessment. She is the scientific coordinator for the Endocrine Policy Forum, a consortia of Tier 1 Test Order recipients.  She received a B.A. from Wellesley College and M.S./Ph.D. degrees in environmental toxicology from Duke University.  She is a past president of SETAC and a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology.

Sharon Munn ( EC - JRC)

Sharon Munn has a degree in Applied Biology from Cardiff University. She has worked for the European Commission's Joint Research Centre since 1996 in the field of human toxicology and risk assessment supporting the implementation of the Existing Substances Regulation and the development of the REACH regulation, and latterly in support to DG ENV on the Community Strategy for Endocrine Disrupters, chairing the Endocrine Disrupters Expert Advisory Group.

Tinka Murk (Wageningen University, NL)

Tinka Murk is professor Environmental toxicology at Wageningen University, NL. She has over 20 years of experience in the field of environmental toxicology, developmental toxicology, risk assessment, the development of mechanism-based biomarkers for exposure and effect and environmental sample preparation and validation of bioassays. She has experience as member or scientific advisor of several advisory boards and review panels, including the OECD (Thyroid scoping effort expert group; in vitro alternatives for thyroid hormone disrupting compounds); Dutch  Health Council (Endocrine disrupting compounds in ecosystems, Ecological standard setting for compounds, Transfer of toxic compounds in food chains), ASAT (assuring safety without animal testing), Member of the Ethical Committee of Wageningen University and Research, Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), and scientific expert for several International research council reviews. Her mechanistic research focuses on sub-lethal effects of persistent endocrine disrupting chemicals on early life stages of vertebrates and invertebrates, and includes the application of transgenic cell and animal models. Her scientific production includes more than 150 original peer reviewed scientific publications (h-index=31).

Lisa Ortego (Bayer CropScience, USA)

Lisa S. Ortego, Ph.D., DABT, is an ecotoxicologist with Bayer CropScience.  She holds a Ph.D. in pharmacology and toxicology from the University of Mississippi and is certified by the American Board of Toxicology.  Dr. Ortego has worked in the private sector for 17 years.  She has a leadership role in her company and in industry working in the endocrine issues area.  She chairs the technical working group of the Endocrine Policy Forum, a consortium to address needs with respect to regulatory, policy and technical issues.


Frauke Stock (UBA, DE)

Frauke Stock, holding a phD in biology, Is a staff member of the Federal Environment Agency in Germany since 2005. Since 2007 her focus is on the identification of endocrine disrupters as substances of very high concern under REACH. She is a member of the European Commission expert group which proves scientific support for the development of criteria for the hazard based assessment of endocrine disruptors.


Dick Vethaak (VU University Amsterdam, NL)

Dick Vethaak works at the knowledge institute Deltares and is an endowed professor of Ecotoxicology at the VU University Amsterdam, Institute for Environmental Studies. He has a broad experience in issues related to endocrine disrupting chemicals. Amongst others, he was chair of the advice committee on “Hormone disruptors in ecosystems” of the Health Council of the Netherlands, and external advisor to the Scientific Committee on Toxicity, Ecotoxicity and the Environment (CSTEE) of the European Commission. He published about 90 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and more than 200 reports and other articles.

James Wheeler (Syngenta, UK)

James Wheeler is an ecotoxicologist for Syngenta based at Jealott’s Hill in the UK. He is involved in the management of ecotoxicology studies and risk assessments to support the registration of plant protections products. He is a member of several groups, including OECD and industry associations, looking into developing and implementing ecotoxicity tests and assessment schemes to evaluate endocrine disruption. He holds a PhD, Masters and first class degree from the University of London.