Medicine’s Paul Tesar and Erin Cohn highlights health effects of household disinfectants

How cleaning product chemicals called ‘quats’ may affect the brain

The Washington PostPaul Tesar, the Dr. Donald and Ruth Weber Goodman Professor of Innovative Therapeutics and director of the Institute for Glial Sciences at the School of Medicine, and Erin Cohn, a graduate student in the School of Medicine’s Medical Scientist Training Program, discussed their research into how a common ingredient in household disinfectants has been shown to affect oligodendrocytes—a type of brain cell—in laboratory studies.