Plenary Speakers

Prof Jeff Burgess (USA)

Biomarkers of Toxicity in Firefighters.

Prof Jeff Burgess, University of Arizona, United States

Prof Burgess’ research focuses on improving occupational and environmental health and safety, working in partnership with firefighters and other public safety personnel. Areas of current and past research include reduction of occupational and environmental exposures, illnesses and injuries, and improvement of public health preparedness.

Flame Retardants in Building Materials and Consumer Products: An Exposure Concern During a Fire?

Prof Heather Stapleton, Duke University, USA

Dr. Stapleton’s research focuses on understanding the fate and transformation of organic contaminants in aquatic systems and in indoor environments. Her main focus has been on the bioaccumulation and biotransformation of brominated flame retardants, and specifically polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs). Her current research projects explore the routes of human exposure to flame retardant chemicals and examine the way these compounds are photodegraded and metabolized using mass spectrometry to identify breakdown products/metabolites. She uses both in vivo techniques with fish, and in vitro techniques with cell cultures to examine metabolism of this varied class of chemicals.

Dr Per Blomqvist (Sweden)

Toxic Emissions From Electric Vehicle Fires.

Dr Per Blomqvist, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Sweden

Per Blomqvist works as a senior research scientist in the Fire Technology department at RISE, Research Institutes of Sweden. Per has an extensive research portfolio looking at the fire hazards to a human and environment. Recently, Per was the project leader in the ETOX project looking at the emissions to air from full scale vehicle tests with internal combustion-, hybrid-, electrical vehicle, and also lithium battery (in different scales) which he will present here.

Environmental Sources, Chemistry, Fate and Transport of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances.

Prof Ian Cousins, Stockholm University, Sweden

Prof Cousins research comprises a combination of experimental and modelling approaches to investigate the sources, transport, fate and exposure of contaminants. In recent years, he has focused on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which due to their unique environmental chemistry offer exciting new research opportunities. He works closely with analytical chemists in our department to better understand the behaviour of PFAS and other substances.

The Exposome and Health: Where Chemistry Meets Biology.

Prof Roel Vermeulen, Utrecht University, the Netherlands

Professor Vermeulen works at the Environmental Epidemiology group at the Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, Utrecht University, the Netherlands. His research focuses on environmental risk factors for cancer, asthma and neurological diseases. In his research, he has been able to link classical epidemiological study designs with biotechnological advances in studying the genome, transcriptome, proteome, and metabolome.

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