The multidisciplinary connections of the five 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?

The five research projects are:

Project 1: Airborne PCBs and Their Metabolites: Risk Factors for Adverse Neurodevelopmental Outcomes in Adolescence
Hans Joachim Lehmler, Jonathan Doorn, Michael Duffel

Project 2: The Role of Airborne PCBs in Adipogenesis, Adipose Function, and Metabolic Syndrome
Aloysius Klingelhutz, James Ankrum

Project 3: The AESOP Study: Airborne Exposures to Semi-Volatile Organic Pollutants
Peter Thorne, Andres Martinez, Rachel Marek

Project 4: Atmospheric Sources of PCB Congeners
Keri Hornbuckle, Andres Martinez, Scott Spak, Kai Wang

Project 5: Mitigating Airborne PCB Emissions from Sediments with Black Carbon Materials and PCB-Degrading Biofilms
Tim Mattes, Jerry Schnoor, Andres Martinez, Greg Lefevre