Carmen Messerlian


Affiliation: Harvard University
Country: USA


  1. Mustieles V, Mínguez Alarcón L, Christou G, Ford J, Dimitriadis I, Hauser R, et al. Placental weight in relation to maternal and paternal preconception and prenatal urinary phthalate metabolite concentrations among subfertile couples. Environ Res. 2018;169:272-279 pubmed publisher
    ..However, given the small sample size within a subfertile cohort and the novelty of these findings, more studies are needed to confirm the present results. ..
  2. Messerlian C, Williams P, Mínguez Alarcón L, Carignan C, Ford J, Butt C, et al. Organophosphate flame-retardant metabolite concentrations and pregnancy loss among women conceiving with assisted reproductive technology. Fertil Steril. 2018;110:1137-1144.e1 pubmed publisher
    ..Given their increasing use as replacement chemicals for traditional flame retardants, exposure to PFRs may increase, and more studies will be needed to investigate their potential to impact pregnancy and reproduction. ..
  3. Messerlian C, Platt R, Tan S, Gagnon R, Basso O. Low-technology assisted reproduction and the risk of preterm birth in a hospital-based cohort. Fertil Steril. 2015;103:81-8.e2 pubmed publisher
    ..After adjusting for confounders, as well as the shared characteristics of infertile couples, associations were attenuated but remained significant, suggesting that part of the risk is likely attributable to the treatment. ..
  4. Korevaar T, Mínguez Alarcón L, Messerlian C, de Poortere R, Williams P, Broeren M, et al. The association of thyroid function and autoimmunity with ovarian reserve in women seeking infertility care. Thyroid. 2018;: pubmed publisher
    ..Future studies are required to replicate these findings and further elucidate the role of TgAbs and underlying mechanisms through which thyroid function and autoimmunity is associated with ovarian reserve. ..
  5. Messerlian C, Mustieles V, Mínguez Alarcón L, Ford J, Calafat A, Souter I, et al. Preconception and prenatal urinary concentrations of phenols and birth size of singleton infants born to mothers and fathers from the Environment and Reproductive Health (EARTH) study. Environ Int. 2018;114:60-68 pubmed publisher
    ..Although our findings should be interpreted in light of inherent study limitations, these results suggest potential evidence of associations between some paternal or maternal phenol concentrations and birth size. ..
  6. Messerlian C, Souter I, Gaskins A, Williams P, Ford J, Chiu Y, et al. Urinary phthalate metabolites and ovarian reserve among women seeking infertility care. Hum Reprod. 2016;31:75-83 pubmed publisher
    ..C.M. was supported by a post-doctoral training award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. There are no competing interests to declare. ..
  7. Wylie B, Ae Ngibise K, Boamah E, Mujtaba M, Messerlian C, Hauser R, et al. Urinary Concentrations of Insecticide and Herbicide Metabolites among Pregnant Women in Rural Ghana: A Pilot Study. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2017;14: pubmed publisher
    ..S. Larger studies are necessary to more fully explore predictors of exposure in this population. ..
  8. Messerlian C, Braun J, Mínguez Alarcón L, Williams P, Ford J, Mustieles V, et al. Paternal and maternal urinary phthalate metabolite concentrations and birth weight of singletons conceived by subfertile couples. Environ Int. 2017;107:55-64 pubmed publisher
    ..These results, if replicated, highlight the importance of preconception health, especially among subfertile couples. ..
  9. Messerlian C, Bellinger D, Mínguez Alarcón L, Romano M, Ford J, Williams P, et al. Paternal and maternal preconception urinary phthalate metabolite concentrations and child behavior. Environ Res. 2017;158:720-728 pubmed publisher
    ..While additional research is warranted to confirm these results, our findings suggest that the preconception period of exposure may be a critical window for offspring neurodevelopment. ..

More Information


  1. Messerlian C, Mustieles V, Wylie B, Ford J, Keller M, Ye X, et al. Ultrasound gel as an unrecognized source of exposure to phthalates and phenols among pregnant women undergoing routine scan. Int J Hyg Environ Health. 2017;220:1285-1294 pubmed publisher
    ..While additional research is needed, this pilot study potentially identifies a previously unknown source of phthalate and paraben exposure among pregnant women undergoing routine ultrasound examination. ..