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February 27, 2019 | 1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Category: Seminar
Location: Integrative Biosciences Center 1D
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Parents, Prospective Students, Staff

The Center for Urban Responses to Environmental Stressors (CURES) presents their Wednesday afternoon seminar series on February 27, 2019 from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. at the IBio Building in Seminar Room 1D, located at 6135 Woodward Ave.  The seminar is free and open to the entire University community.

The guest speaker will be Sung Kyun Park, ScD, MPH, Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Michigan. Dr. Park will present "PFAS: Evidence of Residential Segregation and Non-Linear Dose Responses?"

Dr. Park is Co-Director of the Occupational Epidemiology Program in the Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering (COHSE).  His research focuses on health effects of various environmental pollutant exposures such as air pollution, heavy metals, non-persistent chemicals (e.g., bisphenol-A and phthalates) and persistent organic pollutants (e.g., PFASs, PCBs and PBDEs) using epidemiologic approaches.  Dr. Park's lab uses not only conventional approaches of "biology-based and hypothesis-driven single pollutant models but emerging novel approaches of multi-pollutant models.  He recently developed a statistical approach to integrating multiple pollutants and pollutant mixtures (e.g. Environmental Risk Score).  Dr. Park's lab aslo has a specific interest in gene-environment and nutrition (diet)-environment interactions to elucidate potential biological mechanisms, to identify vulnerable sub-populations to environmental exposure, and to provide intervention strategies.  He is working with several ongoing cohort studies such as the Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN), Normative Aging Study, Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA), Amish Family Diabetes Study (AFDS), and the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).


Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are public health concerns because of widespread exposure through contaminated foods/drinking water.  These chemicals have recently received enormous attention, especially in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina in the U.S. because of contaminated drinking water.  In this seminar, Dr. Park will discuss two topics.  In the first, he will present the distributions and determinants of PFASs from the Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN), a multi-site, multi-ethnic cohort of midlife women that offers a unique opportunity to evaulate and disentangle the influences of residential location and race/ethnicity on PFAS exposure.  He will also present preliminary findings of non-linear dose-responses in the association between PFAS and cognitive functions in the US general population (NHANES) and argue against recent publications of protective effects of PFAS.

For more information about this event, please contact Christina Cowen at (313) 577-6590 or