Researchers at North Carolina State University have received a five-year, $7.4 million grant to establish a Center for Environmental and Human Health Effects of PFAS Compounds. The grant guarantees studies in the Cape Fear region will continue.
The funding will allow researchers at NC State and ECU to combine engineering and environmental science with biomedical science. Scientists will be able to address the toxicity levels of PFAS on human health, and work to understand the mechanisms of these chemicals.
“And what it does is it provides funding for a number of different things. So it's sort of a cluster of research projects”
That’s Carolyn Mattingly, co-head of NC State’s Center for Human Health and the Environment.
“So this will have more exposure levels, certainly because there'll be new individuals brought into the study, but they're also going to be looking at some indicators of thyroid toxicity, which is an endpoint that, is sort of understudied at this point. But there's some information to suggest that there may be thyroid outcomes, from exposures.”
This means that those 344 Wilmingtonians who are part of the GenX Exposure Study from two years ago, will now be followed and retested for the next five years.
Vince Winkel, WHQR News.