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NCCOS Contaminant Data Informs New University of Miami Medical Program on Human Health

Published on: 06/28/2013
Primary Contact(s): dave.whitall@noaa.gov

National Center for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) personnel participated in the first meeting of the Scientific Advisory Board of a new University of Miami School of Medicine research program exploring the effects of environmental exposure to (PCBs) on the human digestive system. The new program, ‘Superfund Program in Interdisciplinary Research and Integrated Training (SPIRIT)’, relies heavily on data from a recently completed NCCOS study in Guanica Bay, Puerto Rico. This study found extremely high levels of PCBs in marine surface sediments. This new human health research shows a direct use of NCCOS data by the medical community to address the impacts of environmental stressors on human health. The meeting was held on the University of Miami campus in Coral Gables, FL on June 3rd, 2013. For more information, please contact Dr. David Whitall at 301-713-3028×138 or dave.whitall@noaa.gov

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