This application is to request funding to help support the Eighth International PCB Workshop, entitled "PCBs in Schools" to be held in Woods Hole, Mass., October 5-9, 2014. The target participants are government, academic and industry scientists working on polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), with expertise on their detection, occurrence, exposure and risk assessment, regulation and policy development, especially those scientists with relevant experience with PCBs in schools. The investigators also anticipate a highly interested lay audience given the timely nature of this topic, with special appeal for citizens groups involved in PCBs in Schools issues. The venue is especially appropriate for this topic, in that it lies within driving distance from major northeastern U.S. cities directly impacted by recent revelations of PCBs found in building materials and the air of older school buildings. For those attending the Workshop, there is reliable bus service from the two closest airports, enabling efficient transport to the venue. A major goal of the Workshop is the sharing of information on the topics, discussions that will greatly benefit those present. But to transfer the findings and conclusions to a broader audience, a special issue on the topic will be prepared and published in a major Environmental Health Journal.

Public Health Relevance

One can hardly image a topic with more public health relevance than the issue of man-made contaminants, in this case, PCBs, present in school air and the resulting exposure of school workers, teachers and school children, the latter at a vulnerable age, to these environmental hazardous chemicals. PCBs were recently upgraded by International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) to Group 1 human carcinogens, the highest designation by that agency.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
Type
Conference (R13)
Project #
1R13ES024637-01
Application #
8783062
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZES1-LKB-D (C))
Program Officer
Henry, Heather F
Project Start
2014-06-15
Project End
2015-06-14
Budget Start
2014-06-15
Budget End
2015-06-14
Support Year
1
Fiscal Year
2014
Total Cost
$20,000
Indirect Cost
Name
University of Iowa
Department
Public Health & Prev Medicine
Type
Schools of Public Health
DUNS #
062761671
City
Iowa City
State
IA
Country
United States
Zip Code
52242