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Attend the “Let’s Talk About PFAS: Taking Action to Protect Your Health” Webinar 3/11

By on March 10, 2021 in Recent News

March 11 webinar to focus on the health effects from exposure to PFAS contaminants in drinking water

Join scientists from the University of Rhode Island (URI) STEEP Superfund Research Program Center for a virtual conversation on the human health effects of PFAS contaminants in drinking water. Hear from biomedical experts on the state of the science, including the effects PFAS have on the immune system, childhood vaccinations, and susceptibility to COVID-19. STEEP scientists will also discuss exposures to PFAS during pregnancy and through breastfeeding, and what people can do to reduce their risk.

The virtual event is free and open to the public. All are welcome. Register today!

WHAT: “Let’s Talk About PFAS: Taking Action to Protect Your Health” – webinar on the health effects of PFAS in drinking water. Organized by the STEEP Superfund Research Program Center and hosted by the Town of Barnstable. Speaker presentations followed by Q&A with the public.

WHEN: Thursday, March 11, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

WHO: Speakers

  • Dr. Philippe Grandjean (STEEP Center Co-lead), Adjunct Professor of Environmental Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health
  • Dr. Carmen Messerlian, Assistant Professor of Environmental Reproductive, Perinatal, and Pediatric Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health, Department of Epidemiology

WHERE: Virtual. Register here to receive the event link.

Background: PFAS are a class of harmful chemicals that are widely used in consumer products and in firefighting foams. Hundreds of communities across the country, including Cape Cod, have been affected by drinking water contaminated with these chemicals in what has become a national public health crisis. The STEEP virtual event is part of a new monthly webinar series called “Let’s Talk About PFAS” to support both Cape Cod and affected communities nationwide by sharing information and offering solutions so that communities can better protect themselves.

A recording of the previous “Let’s Talk About PFAS” webinar on managing PFAS in drinking water (February 3, 2021) is available on the STEEP website.

About STEEP: The Sources, Transport, Exposure and Effects of PFASs (STEEP) Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center is a collaboration between the University of Rhode Island, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health, and Silent Spring Institute. Led by URI, the five-year project is addressing the emerging and expanding problem of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water—how these chemicals move through our environment, how we are exposed through our drinking water, and how they affect our health. Local project partners include the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition and the Sierra Club Cape Cod Group.

STEEP is funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).

For more information about STEEP, visit: https://web.uri.edu/steep/

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