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. Kathrynne Holden MS, RD (retired):
    Sep 23, 2019 at 06:54 PM

    Thank you for your invaluable work through the years. Please do keep us updated via this website, your contributions are too important to lose.

  2. Joseph Morgan, MD:
    Sep 13, 2019 at 09:54 PM

    I first learned about TEDX and had the privilege of meeting Theo at Joyce Young's conference at Ocean Shores, Washington and immediately realized that we were kindred spirits in our concern for the environment and how our society's self-inflicted environmental degradation is resulting in horrendous consequences for the human race. With these concerns directing my medical career since the late 1960's, I couldn't believe I had not encountered Theo's monumental contributions until Ocean Shores. Later I had the honor of nominating Theo to receive the Jonathan Forman Award of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine. It has been outstanding that her work has been carried forward, and she will never be forgotten. Kudos to everyone currently at TEDX for a job well done. I have eagerly looked forward to every communication and am very sad that it is necessary for the doors to close. I will continue to look forward to website postings as long as they are available.
    Joseph Morgan, MD
    Past President, AAEM

  3. Elise Miller:
    Sep 12, 2019 at 02:57 PM

    There are certain organizations that emerge at a pivotal time to catapult a new conceptual framework forward, changing a field forever. TEDX is certainly one of them. Theo Colborn’s vision, brilliance and tenacity established TEDX at the forefront of the scientific revolution regarding the nature of endocrine disrupting chemicals and their impact on humans and ecological health. Upon Theo's death, Carol Kwiatkowski then graciously and strategically transitioned TEDX from a founder-led institution into a broad-reaching, global collaborative of cutting-edge researchers dedicated to translating the emerging science into stronger public health policy. Over these years, TEDX has played a critical role in shaping and influencing work on EDCs and has also been a leading voice on the health impacts of hydraulic fracturing. Though TEDX will soon dissolve as an organization, its accomplishments and legacy will live on in all of us who have been touched by its exceptional efforts to ensure current and future generations can reach their full potential and thrive.
    With a deep bow of gratitude to Theo and Carol as well as all of the TEDX staff, board, funders and other colleagues who dedicated their time, wisdom and support to this vital endeavor,
    Elise Miller
    Chair, Board of Directors, TEDX

  4. Jeanne Keith-Ferris:
    Sep 11, 2019 at 01:22 PM

    I too wish to share my deep appreciation for the dedication of your founder, Theo Colborn, and all the dedicated folks who have continued the work of TEDX. As a concerned citizen and mother, this enlightening research is needed more than ever. What TEDX has begun I know will continue onwards in other NGO's. Thank you all to your courage and commitment over all of these years. Jeanne

  5. Gene Goffin:
    Sep 10, 2019 at 04:20 PM

    When I met Theo I didn’t know who she was, but we hit if off right away. She had moved back to Paonia and right away got involved with oil and gas, especially fracking development. We met at a meeting of the Oil and Gas Committee of a local environmental organization. We worked together on issues, but we also became friends. Theo worked 18 hour days, so when my wife and I wanted to go out for dinner in Paonia, we’d call up Theo and ask her to come with us. She always said yes and I enjoyed giving her a little vacation. Nevertheless, through dinner she would tell us about her latest discoveries and horrors she had learned about. In anyone else this would be a bad dinner companion, but how could we dislike such a dedicated person who was filled with kindness.

    Besides dinner we spoke often, went to meetings, looked at oil and gas development tried to use the voluntary services of a totally inept law student (we couldn’t believe anyone could be so dense) and sometimes Theo actually talked about how she felt. Talking about herself was not Theo’s strong point.

    It was almost five years ago Theo called me to tell me she was dying. I knew she wanted to say goodbye. It was an awful phone call to get, but one I expected. We were moving from Delta Co. and were involved in that, so we couldn’t spend any time with her. She had our backs and I miss that, and of course, I miss her greatly.

    She was quirky, brilliant, hardworking, persuasive and a real person. It is the real person I really miss.

    Theo was not only a great researcher and promoter, she was a good fundraiser. Few people have all those skills, so I am not surprised TedEx is running out of money.

  6. Sonya Lunder:
    Sep 04, 2019 at 10:33 AM

    It has been a pleasure to work with the TEDX team over the years, and I have confidence that you will continue to contribute to the important work of untangling the relationship between hormone disruption and our health. I hope to cross paths with each of you in our shared future.

  7. Nora Demers:
    Sep 04, 2019 at 09:11 AM

    This is awful!
    Is there any way to keep TEDX going?
    Has another group taken up the flag?
    Will the website remain active?

  8. Beverley Thorpe:
    Sep 03, 2019 at 01:22 PM

    I was so saddened by this news. TEDX is a much needed resource particularly as the health issues and biodiversity threat of EDCs continues to build. Theo was one of my most important mentors when we at Greenpeace were campaigning to phase out organochlorines in the late 1980s working to highlight the dioxin connection, toxic lifecycle of PVC and more. the massive increase in awareness of hormone disruption in Great Lakes ecosystems and humans in general was a big motivator for our campaigning message. When Our Stolen Future became translated many international Greenpeace offices even had press conferences to announce why she and her work were so crucial. Today, we understand more about EDCs thanks to TEDX and the fantastic work of Carol and others. I hope we can continue to move this work forward - as we must. Much respect to you all. Bev

  9. natacha Cingotti:
    Sep 02, 2019 at 10:44 AM

    Reading about TEDX closing its doors in November this year has been the most heartbreaking piece of news of the year and a huge loss for the public health movement working to improve the identification and regulation, and eventual reduction of endocrine disruptors in people's daily lives. Over the years, data and research provided by the TEDX colleagues have been of invaluable help in our advocacy work (including early warning and highly technical discussions with regulatory agencies and governments) as well as for public awareness purpose. I truly hope that this will only be a temporary goodbye and there will be some ways to keep the essential work done so far alive and kicking, albeit under new forms. Thank you TEDX colleagues for inspiring us and leading the way!

  10. Leif Magnuson:
    Sep 01, 2019 at 06:07 PM

    Oh my. I hope your mission can be preserved in this form or another. Why are you leaving? Where will your contributions and data live on? Where were you able to make the greatest difference and who will fill that role?

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