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May 20, 2003

Thorne Named To National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council

Peter Thorne, Ph.D., University of Iowa professor of occupational and environmental health, has been appointed to the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council. The council advises the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) on research issues, programmatic content and related factors in the environment that affect human health.

Thorne was invited to serve on the 18-member council by Tommy Thompson, secretary of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Thorne's term starts immediately and ends in 2006.

"This appointment recognizes Dr. Thorne's national leadership in environmental health sciences and is an honor both to him and to this department," said Craig Zwerling, M.D., Ph.D., UI professor and head of occupational and environmental health.

The council generally meets three times each year at the NIEHS in Research Triangle Park, N.C., to make recommendations on matters relating to the conduct and support of research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs. In addition, council members respond to agency requests for special scientific reviews and public presentations, as necessary.

Thorne also is director of the UI Environmental Health Sciences Research Center (EHSRC), based in the College of Public Health. The EHSRC, a multidisciplinary center focused on agricultural and rural environmental exposures and health effects, includes faculty from the UI Colleges of Public Health, Medicine and Engineering. Thorne's research interests include bioaerosol toxicology, pulmonary diseases, evaluation and control of toxicants in agricultural and industrial settings, and indoor air quality.

STORY SOURCE: College of Public Health Office of Communications, 4162 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

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