Toxicologist To Discuss "Pharmaceuticals In Groundwater" Jan. 28

Jan. 23, 2003

by Judy Long

Dr. Duane B. Huggett, an expert researcher on groundwater toxins, will speak at Baylor University at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, in room 120 of the Goebel Building on campus.

Huggett, a research toxicologist at Pfizer Inc. in Groton, Conn., will discuss pharmaceuticals and personal care products in water bodies and groundwater. Currently, there is no regulatory guidance and very little data on the risks posed to humans or the environment by these compounds.

In 2002, Huggett and Dr. Bryan Brooks in Baylor's environmental studies department conducted a study that detected the highest-ever reported concentration of several heart medications in a north Texas stream.

Pifzer, the world's largest animal and human pharmaceutical company, produces the top-selling cholesterol drug Lipitor, the highly publicized Viagra and many other products for humans and animals.

Huggett's visit to Baylor is sponsored by the biology and environmental studies departments. For more information, contact Brooks at Bryan_Brooks@baylor.edu or 710-3405.

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