The Endocrine Disruption Exchange

Remembering TEDX

For 16 years TEDX produced and shared scientific evidence of endocrine disruption with key stakeholders, and connected people with the information they needed to create a safer, healthier world. Due to lack of funding, we closed the organization on November 30, 2019. 

We remain forever grateful for the vision and inspiration of our late founder, Dr. Theo Colborn; the commitment and productivity of TEDX’s dedicated staff; the guidance of Executive Director Dr. Carol Kwiatkowski and the Board of Directors; our funders large and small, who made the work possible; and for the many partner organizations that fueled our work with their wisdom and passion. Thank you all!

Please leave a comment below about how TEDX impacted you!

Comments (46)

  1. Carmi Orenstein:
    Oct 01, 2019 at 10:37 AM

    I write representing Concerned Health Professionals of New York, an initiative by health professionals and scientists documenting the science-based evidence on the impacts of fracking on public, environmental, and occupational health and safety, as well as climate stability. CHPNY has published six editions of the "Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking (Unconventional Gas and Oil Extraction)." Anyone seeing this comment would immediately know from this description exactly to whom we are indebted. We have always been and will remain aware that Dr. Colborn was responsible for getting study on the health-threatening chemical emissions of fracking underway. The 2005 development of the first database of chemicals used in shale gas extraction and their health effects was a huge first step for so many of us who became aware that something terribly threatening to human and wildlife health had been unleashed by an unconcerned and largely unregulated industry. And we know how challenging this work was. Our work truly has a founding hero. TEDX carried on Dr. Colborn's legacy with unique and timely dedication, offering more and more invaluable resources over the years. We are so, so sorry to see its door closing. As an earlier commenter wrote, "we need more of this work, not less." CHPNY wishes the TEDX community only the best in the future as we send along our deepest gratitude.

  2. Cory Carroll:
    Sep 30, 2019 at 12:25 AM

    As a new participant I am confused to the timing of closing this discussion group when the oil & gas industry is pushing forward with non-traditional extraction. As a family physician in Colorado worried about the multiple health impacts this industry is creating, I am saddened by the cessation of your work. This problem is not going away and we need all the "honest scientists" pointing out the problems, despite the political and economic repercussions.

  3. Sandra Steingraber:
    Sep 29, 2019 at 06:12 PM

    I first learned about fracking from Theo. I continued learning about fracking from TEDX. There are not very many of us working at the intersections of public health science and policymaking with a commitment to getting good science into the hands of people living in frontline communities. I actually don't know what we will do without TEDX, which has served as an essential brain trust for the anti-fracking wing of the climate justice movement. Thank you. I hope somehow you will come back.

  4. Sharima Rasanayagam:
    Sep 25, 2019 at 12:17 PM

    So sorry to hear this news. TEDX is such a big part of the work I do here at Breast Cancer Prevention Partners. I refer to the TEDX List of Potential Endocrine Disruptors every day. Such a loss to the field. Thank you so much for everything you have done. Carol, I've so enjoyed discussions with you at various meetings over the years and I hope to continue to interact with you in the future.

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