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Media Advisory

For immediate use

Aug. 2, 2006 -- No. 356

UNC study shows ingredient commonly found
in shampoos may inhibit brain development

Teleconference for media representatives
Thursday (Aug. 3), 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Dial-in: (919) 962-2743

Media representatives are invited to participate in a teleconference with University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researcher Dr. Steven Zeisel, author of a study examining an ingredient found in many shampoos and other personal care products that appears to interfere with normal brain development.

Zeisel, Kenan Distinguished University Professor of nutrition in UNC's schools of public health and medicine and associate dean for research in the School of Public Health, has been traveling internationally and Thursday morning's availability is his first opportunity to discuss this newly published research with reporters.

The study is featured as the cover story in the August issue of the FASEB journal, published by The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.


Note: Reporters with questions about participating in the teleconference should contact Ramona DuBose, communications director for the School of Public Health, at (919) 966-7467 or

School of Medicine contact: Stephanie Crayton, (919) 966-2860,
News Services contacts: Clinton Colmenares, (919) 843-1991,; Karen Moon, (919) 962-8595,