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Program Overview

Larry Robertson,<br />Program Director

The overall theme of the Superfund Research Program at The University of Iowa (isrp) is the consequences of atmospheric sources and exposures to semi-volatile Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs), and it deals with PCBs that are associated with contaminated waters, former industrial sites, other atmospheric sources, and the consequences of exposure to them.

The multidisciplinary connections of the six Research Projects of the isrp, as well as the exchange of expertise, samples and data among the projects, will help us to answer key questions, such as:
Where are sources of airborne PCBs?
What are the levels of human exposures to these types of PCBs?
What are the potential roles of metabolism in biological responses to semi-volatile PCBs?
What are the human health effects?
How can we remediate PCB contaminated sites?

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 six cores—Administration, Synthesis, AnalyticalTraining, Research Translation and Community Engagement.

This very successful 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.

To get all the latest information about the Iowa Superfund Research Program follow us on  Twitter where you can ask us anything on PCBs! The twitter feed can also be found under our news items.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to contact me at larry-robertson@uiowa.edu or call me at 319-335-4346.

Larry Robertson, Director

Iowa Superfund Research Program