Missouri professor wins $100,000 for BPA research

COLUMBIA | A researcher at the University of Missouri-Columbia will receive a $100,000 cash prize for his research on a controversial plastic-hardener called BPA, or bisphenol A.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that Frederick vom Saal is one of 10 Heinz Awards recipients this year. The award recognizes people who are addressing environmental issues.

Vom Saal is a professor of biological sciences and has been studying the effects of BPA for more than a decade.

He has linked its use in baby products to abnormal cell development that has led to early puberty, diabetes and cancer.

Just this week, he and several other researchers published a new study that further warns of the health risks posed by BPA.