The Iowa Superfund Research Program
The Iowa Superfund Research Program (ISRP) is a research center directed by Keri Hornbuckle at the University of Iowa and is a collaboration between faculty, staff, and students in College of Medicine, College of Public Health, College of Pharmacy, College of Engineering, and the Public Policy Center. It is funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and is titled: Semi-volatile PCBs: Sources, Exposures, Toxicities, Remediation. These are the projects and cores that are part of the isrp:
- Airborne PCBs and their Metabolites: Risk Factors for Adverse Neruodevelopmental Outcomes in Adolescence (Project 1)
- The Role of Airborne PCBs in Adipogenesis, Adipose Function, and Metabolic Syndrome (Project 2)
- The AESOP Study: Airborne Exposure to Semi-volatile Organic Pollutants (Project 3)
- Sources of Airborne PCB Congeners (Project 4)
- Mitigating Airborne PCB Emissions from Sediments with Black Carbon Materials and PCB-Degrading Biofilms (Project 5)
- Administrative Core
- Data Management and Analysis Core
- Community Engagement Core
- Research Experience and Training Coordination Core
- Synthesis Core
- Analytical Core
The Analytical Core uses Priority Analysis Plans to prioritize resources for projects that will lead to a publication.
The Priority Analysis plan template is here.
Currently Prioritized Activities are here.
Standard Operating Procedures are here.
Our Research in the News
- NIEHS Environmental Factor (March, 2022) "Exposure to airborne PCBs an ongoing challenge, expert says"
- Seven Days; Vermont's Independent Voice (November, 2021) "Parents Who Wanted Burlington High School Open Feel Vindicated by New PCB Guidance"
- NIEHS Environmental Factor (November 2021) "Health policy changes in Germany informed by trainee research"
- AP News (October 2019) "Toxic PCBs Linger in Schools"
- ABC News (October 2019) "Toxic PCBs Linger in Schools"
- NIEHS Story of Success (September 2018) "Using Team Science to Understand Airborne Sources of PCBs"
- BuzzFeed (April 2018) "A New Study Found Toxic Chemicals In Kitchen Cabinets, And Here's What You Need To Know"
- United Press International (April 2018) "Kitchen cabinets could leach harmful chemical compounds into the air"
- Environmental Health News (April 2018) "Finished kitchen cabinets are emitting toxic PCBs"
- Iowa Public Radio (June 2017): "UI Study Finds Cancer-Causing PCBs in Some Schools"
- IowaNow (June 2017) "UI Researchers Conduct Largest Survey Yet of PCBs in Schools"
- SouthCoastToday (March 2017) "Airborne PCBs come from harbor, study says"
- Scientific American. com (April 2013): "Chemicals from Personal Care Products Pervasive in Chicago Air"
- Environmental Health News (April 2013): " Chemicals on federal radar pervasive in Chicago Air"
- Environmental Health Perspectives (March 2013): "Nonlegacy PCBs: Pigment Manufacturing By-Products Get a Second Look"
- Environmental Health News (December 2012): "Dredging could unleash PCBs in Indiana community"
- University of Iowa Press Release (November 2011) "UI engineers conduct residential soils study, one of few such U.S. studies ever done"
- NIEHS Environmental Factor "SRP researchers quantify PCB pollution in East Chicago harbor"
- University of Iowa Press Release "UI researchers find high levels of toxic PCBs in Indiana Harbor and Ship Canal"
- IIHR- University of Iowa Special Report (Spring 2011) "Understanding PCBs"
- Northwest Indiana Post-Tribune (Jan 15, 2010) “Concern over canal mud as dredge plan nears. Study finds extreme levels of PCBs, but Army Corps says alarm unwarranted” -
- Des Moines Register (Dec 5, 2009) “U of I team fears PCBs may remain cause for concern”
- Science News (Nov 23, 2009) “PCBs: When green paint isn’t ‘green’”
- Chicago Tribune (Jan 22, 2009) “Mysterious PCB found near schools.” -