Gina McCarthy, former head of EPA, to deliver keynote address at Silent Spring Institute’s annual gala on breast cancer prevention

October 18, 2017

Newton, Mass. (Oct. 18, 2017)  —  Gina McCarthy, the former administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), will deliver the keynote address at Silent Spring Institute’s gala on breast cancer prevention on October 26 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, Mass. Proceeds from the annual event will go towards supporting the institute’s research on the environmental causes of breast cancer and its groundbreaking work on prevention science.

“McCarthy has been a leading advocate for common sense strategies to protect public health and the environment and we are grateful for her continued leadership in this area,” says Dr. Julia Brody, Silent Spring’s executive director and senior scientist.

Under McCarthy, EPA led numerous initiatives to cut air pollution, protect water resources, reduce greenhouse gases, and strengthen chemical safety regulations to better protect Americans, especially the most vulnerable, from negative health impacts. McCarthy is currently serving as a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard and as a Menschel Senior Leadership Fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

The dinner program will also include the presentation of the institute’s Rachel Carson Advocacy Award to Nancy Drourr, former Development Director at Brimmer and May, a private K-12 school in Newton, for her work engaging the next generation of leaders around environmental health issues. “As a breast cancer survivor, I feel adamantly that it is this generation’s responsibility to stop the disease, and I believe the work of Silent Spring Institute is critical to achieving that goal,” says Drourr.

Dr. Brody will give an update on the organization’s research, including an innovative biomonitoring project for tracking exposure to common toxics in the U.S. population and a new study on the influence of environmental chemicals, especially early in life, on the development of breast cancer.

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About Silent Spring Institute:

Silent Spring Institute, located in Newton, Mass., is the leading scientific research organization dedicated to understanding the link between chemicals in our everyday environments and women's health, with a focus on breast cancer prevention. Founded in 1994, the institute is developing innovative technologies to accelerate the transition to safer chemicals, while translating its science into policies that protect health. Visit us at and follow us on Twitter @SilentSpringIns.