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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 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.


Working together, seventeen scientists from colleges in Iowa and Pennsylvania 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 six cores—Administration, Synthesis, AnalyticalTraining, Research Translation and Community Engagement —through which program and project administrators will oversee coordination, information transfer, design and analysis of experiments, and assessment of research.


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. It was awarded a five year renewal from the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences in September 2015.

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