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April 10, 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 April 10, 2019 from 1:45-2:45 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 Courtney Carignan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Departments of Food Science and Human Nutitrion and Pharmacology and Toxicology at Michigan State University.  Dr. Carignan will present "Assisting PFAS-Impacted Communities".

Dr. Carignan received a Bachelors of Science in Biological Sciences from Rutgers University and a Doctorate Degree in Environmental Health from Boston University School of Public Health.  She gained postdoctoral experience at both Dartmouth College and the Harvarad T. H. Chan School of Public Health.  Dr. Carignan's research interests as an environmental exposure scientist and epidemiologist helps protect reproductive and child health by investigation exposure to mixtures of ingredients and contaminants in consumer products, drinking water and food.  Dr. Carignan has conducted biomonitoring and health studies for a wide range of populations including infertile couples, pregnant women, infants, new mothers, office workers, gymnasts, and communities exposed to contaminated drinking water. 

Broad implications of Dr. Carignan's work are the importance of considering multiple exposures, preconception as a sensitive window of development, and the need for improved strategies to avoid regrettable substitution. This research has contributed to public health interventions aimed at reducing exposures to flame retardants, perfluoroalkyl substances and arsenic.  Dr. Carignan has received numerous awards including the Katherine Skinner Memorial Prize for Commitment to the Study of Women's Health Issues, Champion of Toxics Use Reduction, and Pioneers Under 40 in Environmental Public Health.

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