Our center’s research focuses on newly-identified pollutant-particle systems, including
environmentally persistent free radicals (EPFRs) that may form from the combination
of pollutants and particulate matter. EPFRs are very similar to radicals in cigarette
smoke. These hazardous substances are frequently associated with particulate matter
(PM), either in contaminated soils or sediments, emissions from treatment facilities
or dust from remediation or containment activities. Our research goal is to understand
how EPFRs form and the ways in which they can affect pulmonary and cardiac function
so that strategies can be developed to protect human health.
We believe an important part of this process is communicating with the public, health
care professionals and environmental researchers, regulators and policy makers. We
have created this website to help us inform the public about what we’re doing to keep
them safe from EPFRs and other hazardous substances found at Superfund sites. As our
research continues and new information becomes available, we will update this website
to reflect the most current and accurate knowledge about EPFRs.
I encourage you to contact the center if you have any questions or if you want to know more about what we’re doing.
Stephania A. Cormier, PhD Wiener Chair and Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, LSU