Investigating environmental contaminants

Research at the University of Exeter has investigated the effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals on human health.

Led by Professor Charles Tyler, our research has shown how chemicals from waste released into rivers are effecting the sexual development of local wildlife. Human health problems such as hormone related cancers have also been linked to these chemicals - leading to widespread interest from industry.

Our business partners have benefited, with findings leading to a collaborative project with AstraZeneca. Policy makers and research councils have also become involved in the research.

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This research has:

  • Strongly influenced the development of Guidelines for the Testing of Chemicals by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

  • Led to efficiency savings to the UK production industry of £4.9million a year after Prof Tyler's group developed long term collaborative links with industry. This included a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with AstraZeneca.

  • Safeguarded up to £54million a year in the UK angling and tourism industry by protecting fresh water fish stocks. The total value of recreational fishing is estimated at £2.7billion a year in the UK.