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From PBB to PFAS: Research and Action to Address Michigan’s Large Scale Chemical Contaminations

February 20 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Symposium to Facilitate Community-Researcher Collaborations featuring Linda Birnbaum (former NIEHS Director)

The PBB to PFAS Symposium will provide a unique venue for fostering collaboration between researchers and community members with:

Keynote address by Dr. Linda Birnbaum (Director NIEHS, retired);

Presentations by community residents and academic researchers working on PBB and PFAS health impacts;

Breakout groups focused on strategies for building effective community-academic collaborations;

Organized by UM’s Center on Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease (M-LEEaD), Central Michigan University’s Dept of History, Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Emory University’s HERCULES Exposome Research Center;


Additional Speakers
Michele Marcus, PhD, Emory University’s Michigan PBB Registry; Jane Keon, Pine River Superfund Citizen Task Force; Francis Spaniola, former Michigan State Representative; Tony Spaniola, JD, creator Michigan Cancer Registry; Courtney Carignan, PhD, Michigan State University; Monica Lewis-Patrick, President & CEO, River Network and We The People of Detroit


Community Panelists
Sandy Wynn-Stelt, Rockford; Theresa Landrum, Detroit; Lawrence Reynolds, Flint; Donele Wilkins, Detroit; Tim Neyer, Mt. Pleasant

More speakers and breakout sessions to be announced.


Registration is required. Event is free.

In-person event in Ann Arbor is currently full.


Register here for the waitlist


Keynote address by Dr. Birnbaum will be live-streamed.

Register for the Keynote LIVESTREAM

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Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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