Program Information

The following topics were suggested during abstract submission,
but all talks related to flame retardants were considered :

Legacy Flame Retardants,  Emerging Flame Retardants, Toxicology,
Methodology, & Environmental Levels and Trends


Oral presentations will be 15 min talks with 5 min allocated for questions.


Each presenter will be assigned a 4’x8’ (landscape) poster board. Any size of poster is acceptable as long as it fits on the poster board.  

The Workshop Program is now Available!

The full program (with abstracts) and program summary (stating the only the titles of the oral and poster presentations being featured at BFR 2018 as well as the daily schedule) are available to download using the links below.  

Please note that hard-copies will not be distributed at the meeting so please print the pages you'd like to reference in advance.  

Plenary Speaker Information

Dr. Andreas Sjodin (CDC)


Plenary Title:  Brominated Flame Retardants and Persistent Organic Pollutants Research over the Last Two Decades

Dr. Sjödin is a supervisory research chemist who serves as chief of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Laboratory at the Organic Analytical Toxicology Branch (Division of Laboratory Sciences) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He obtained his PhD in environmental chemistry from Stockholm University in 2000. He joined CDC as a researcher the same year and was responsible for setting up CDC’s biomonitoring program for brominated flame retardants and expanding the biomonitoring program to other Persistent Organic Pollutants. He was also in charge of the analytical measurements of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon metabolites in urine from 2005 through 2012 at the CDC. Dr. Sjödin currently directs research efforts in major epidemiological studies including the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) where he measures POPs using gas chromatography interfaced with high resolution mass spectrometry. He has published more than 140 peer reviewed research papers.

Dr. Barbara Hales (McGill University)

Barbara Hales studies developmental toxicity at McGill University using a combination of in vivo, in vitro, and molecular approaches with the goal of elucidating how the embryo responds to insult after direct or maternal exposure and the consequences to progeny of paternal drug exposure.

Dr. Mike Wade (Health Canada)

Michael Wade is a Research Scientist at Health Canada in Ottawa (Environmental Health Science and Research Bureau). His research examines the consequences of chemical exposure on reproduction and early development with a particular focus on hormonal control of development.

Prof. Dr. Jacob de Boer (VU)

Professor Jacob de Boer is a member of the Faculty of Science (Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology) at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU).  His plenary presentation is entitled, "Two decades of environmental research on flame retardants – taking stock".