OSU - Superfund Research Program

PAH's: New Technologies and Emerging Health Risks

Oregon State University has been chosen as the home of a new Superfund Research Program, and will use a $12.4 million, four-year grant to study the health risks and impacts of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons – an increasing health risk due to air pollution coming from Asia.  This grant will support a range of new studies by scientists from OSU and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

The OSU Superfund Research Program will initially support studies on six general topics:

• Impact of PAHs as a skin carcinogen and toxin that can cross the placental barrier;
• Predicting the movement and ultimate fate of these toxins within the body;
• Studies on the reproductive toxicity of PAHs, including birth defects, neurological and behavioral effects;
• Creation of a sampling device to monitor PAHs in such sites as the Willamette River and Portland Harbor superfund site;
• Studies on the potential environmental health impacts of nanomaterials;
• Research on PAH effects in highly exposed populations, such as China. 

OSU Investigators:

Kim Anderson

William Baird

Jennifer Field

Anna Harding

Staci Simonich

Daniel Sudakin

Robert Tanguay


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