Lecturer: Marion F. Ehrich, PhD, DABT, ATS, of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and the Laboratory for Neurotoxicity Studies at Virginia Tech.
Pesticides are chemicals that, while necessary for modern agriculture, are accompanied by risks due to their potential toxicity. SOT Past President Marion Ehrich, PhD, DABT, ATS, discusses organophosphate pesticides, their mechanism of action, antidotes, and potential long-term motor/physiological/cognitive effects, such as delayed neuropathy that have resulted from accidental and intentional exposures. She also identifies potential benefits to medical research that have resulted from organophosphate compounds and discusses the risk-benefit analysis of pesticides versus risks to the environment and health. This lecture was recorded in March 2015.