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A blog devoted to helping people find local medicine take-back programs and highlighting current research findings and pending legislation.

UpClose with Maria Sepulveda

The latest UpClose provides an in-depth look at the process of designing, implementing, and communicating the results of studies on pharmaceutical pollution. Researchers at Purdue University talk with IISG's science writer, Anjanette Riley, about their current study on the effects of pharmaceutical chemicals found in Lake Michigan on several organisms at the bottom of the food chain.

The IISG-funded study is led by Dr. Maria Sepulveda, who has spent the last decade studying the impacts of environmental contaminants on fish and other wildlife. She is joined by Dr. Cecon Mahapatra, a research scientist specializing in the genes involved in toxicity, and Chris Klinkhamer, a Masters student with a background in engineering. The project is among the first to collect data on two common contaminants in Lake Michigan and takes an important step towards the goal of securing the long-term health of the lake.

Just a few months before the study is scheduled to be completed, Dr. Supulveda and her research team explain the results seen so far, what they mean for wildlife in the lake, and the complex, and sometimes rocky, process of conducting a year-long study on live organisms.

Click here to read what Maria, Cecon, and Chris had to say, and view previous issues in the series at UpClose.

For a print copy of this behind-the-scenes interview, contact Laura Kammin at or 217-333-1115.

Written by: Anjanette Riley, IISG Science Writer

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 8:00AM on 3/11/2013
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