Superfund Research Program
Exposure Assessment and Chemometrics of PFASs
Project Leader: Elsie M. Sunderland (Harvard School of Public Health)
Grant Number: P42ES027706
Funding Period: 2017-2022
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News Items List
New Technique Sheds Light on PFAS in Coastal Watersheds
Research Brief - May 2021
A new analytical workflow, developed by NIEHS Superfund Research Program grantees, can identify and characterize previously undetected per-and polyfluoroalkyl compounds, or PFAS, in contaminated watersheds. The team is led by Elsie Sunderland, Ph.D., of the University of Rhode Island SRP Center, and SRP trainee Brideger Ruyle, a doctoral student at Harvard.
Sunderland Discusses PFAS Research at ATSDR
SRP News Page - June 2018
At a May 10 seminar, Elsie Sunderland, Ph.D., described her research efforts to understand how people are exposed to poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) and to develop quantitative tools tracing PFAS exposures back to their sources. PFASs are a large group of manufactured compounds that have been widely used since the 1950s to make everyday products more resistant to stains, grease, and water. In animal studies, some PFASs have been shown to disrupt endocrine activity, reduce immune function, and bring about developmental problems.