CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
2130 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8032; fax (319) 335-8034
Release: March 8, 2000
CHEEC to host international water quality conference
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Center for
Health Effects of Environmental Contamination (CHEEC) will host an international
meeting on issues related to the quality of drinking water.
The interdisciplinary workshop, titled "Endocrine
Disrupters and Pharmaceutically Active Chemicals in Drinking Water," will
be April 19-21 at the Holiday Inn Chicago City Center.
Endocrine disrupters refer to synthetic and naturally
occurring compounds that may mimic or block hormonal functions in humans and
wildlife. This, in turn, may alter reproductive or developmental systems.
Some research studies suggest that exposure to these compounds may lead to
cancers and other health problems.
Pharmaceutically active chemicals refer to a host
of compounds that have been detected in lakes and streams, from caffeine and
ibuprofen to complex mixtures of antibiotics used in both human and animal
The goal of the workshop is to discuss the potential
implications of endocrine disrupters and pharmaceutically active chemicals
in drinking water and wastewater by examining their occurrence as well as
the probability of exposures and related environmental and human health effects.
Workshop participants also will formulate a research agenda for drinking water
and wastewater industries to address emerging problems.
Researchers, representatives from the pharmaceutical
and chemical industries, and policy makers from across the United States,
as well as Canada, France, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, will take part
in the workshop. Topics to be discussed will include the identification and
occurrence of compounds in water and wastewater supplies; industry research
and concerns; treatments and reduction efforts; ecological health and human
health issues; and U.S., Canadian and European water and wastewater regulatory
policies and activities of interest to water industry professionals.
UI researchers from CHEEC, the Department of Civil
and Environmental Engineering, the Environmental Health Sciences Research
Center and the UI Hygienic Laboratory will make presentations or moderate
discussions at the workshop. Members of Cedar Rapids and Des Moines drinking
water plants have served on an organizing committee for the workshop.
The workshop is presented by CHEEC and the American
Water Works Association Research Foundation, the Water Environment Research
Foundation and the Water Reuse Foundation.
To register or
for more information, contact CHEEC at (319) 335-4550 or visit the CHEEC Web
site at www.cheec.uiowa.edu/awwarf/.