Warren G. Foster, McMaster University

Associate Professor Obstetrics & Gynechology Hamilton, Ontario fosterw@mcmaster.ca Office: (905) 525-9140 ext. 22573

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Bio/Research

The effect of dietary and environmental chemicals on human reproductive function has formed the basis of his research to date. Studies have been designed to elucidate changes in various reproductive outcomes and identify potential hazards (contaminants present in ovarian follicular fluid, endocri...

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Bio/Research

The effect of dietary and environmental chemicals on human reproductive function has formed the basis of his research to date. Studies have been designed to elucidate changes in various reproductive outcomes and identify potential hazards (contaminants present in ovarian follicular fluid, endocrine disrupting substances in human amniotic fluid, changes in semen quality and time to pregnancy). Laboratory studies have been employed to both identify hazards and characterise risk to human reproductive health associated with exposure to both naturally occurring and man-made chemicals on development and reproduction. A recent focus in his laboratory is determining the extent of human in utero exposure to endocrine modulating substances such as phytoestrogens, cigarette smoke contaminants, and pesticide residues. Linking exposure during critical windows of development and reproductive function with adverse outcomes is a priority goal of Dr. Foster’s research.

A second research goal in Dr. Foster’s laboratory is the investigation of the pathophysiology of endometriosis and studying potential beneficial effects of various dietary factors. They have recently developed a novel mouse model of endometriosis that they are employing in studies designed to test the efficacy of various agents in regulating the growth of ectopic endometrium from women with and without endometriosis.



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