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Program Overview

The Superfund research program at The University of Iowa (isrp) is a joint endeavor involving basic, mechanistic and applied projects in biomedical and non-biomedical research areas. The program's overall theme is the consequences of atmospheric sources and exposures to semi-volatile Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs), and it deals with volatilization, transport and exposure of lower halogenated PCBs, especially those PCBs that are associated with contaminated waters, former industrial sites, other atmospheric sources, and the consequences of exposure to them.

The isrp brings together 15 scientists representing four colleges in Iowa, Illinois and Kentucky. Working together, they will measure sources, transport and environmental exposure of PCBs; their distribution, metabolism and toxicity in animals and humans; and novel methods of phytoremediation.

Studies include a community-based participatory research project—an assessment of exposures to citizens who live or work in the vicinity of sources of lower chlorinated PCBs in the Chicago Metropolitan area. Our research projects are supported by seven cores—Administration, Synthesis, Analytical, Inhalation Toxicology, Training, Research Translation and Community Outreach —through which program and project administrators will oversee coordination, information transfer, design and analysis of experiments, and assessment of research.

This multidisciplinary program brings a broad range of expertise to bear on problems associated with Superfund chemicals that are critical to the Midwest and the nation.