Events

Let's Talk About PFAS: Taking Action to Protect Your Health

March 11, 2021

Virtual

PFAS and Health Effects

Join Silent Spring Institute and our partners at the STEEP 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 from breastfeeding, and what people can do to reduce their risk.

Featuring:

  • Philippe Grandjean (STEEP Center Co-lead) Adjunct Professor of Environmental Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health
  • 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

When: 

  • Thursday, March 11, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Where:

Organized by STEEP Superfund Research Program Center and hosted by the Town of Barnstable. Speaker presentations followed by Q&A with the public.

About the Series:

The event is part of a monthly webinar series to support Cape Cod and affected communities nationwide by sharing information and offering solutions so that communities can better protect themselves. 

A recording of the previous webinar on managing PFAS in drinking water (February 3rd, 2021), including presentation materials, 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/