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Earth and Oceanographic Science

Speakers and Panelists

Lorraine C. Backer

Lorraine C. Backer, Ph. D, MPH.

Epidemiology Consultant, HAB Survellance
National Center for Environmental Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
4770 Buford Highway NE
MS F-46
Chamblee, Georgia 30341

Dr. Backer is the Environmental Epidemiology Team Leader, National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Her research interests include assessing the human environmental health impact of harmful algal blooms, including red tide,blue-green algae, and estuarine dinoflagellates (e.g. Pfiesteria piscicida); assessing human exposure to and health effects from exposure to drinking water contaminants; assessing human exposure to drinking water disinfection by products, assessing the public health impacts of human interactions with oceans, and evaluating the use of  animals as sentinels for environmental contamination and for adverse health outcomes in people.

Selected Relevant Publications:

Backer, LC, and N Tosta. 2011 Unregulated drinking water initiative for environmental surveillance and public health (PDF). J Env. Health 73(7): 31-32.

Backer LC, Kirkpatrick B, Fleming LE, Cheng YS, Pierce R, Bean JA, Clark R, Johnson D, Wanner A, Tamer R, Baden D. 2005. Occupational Exposure to Aerosolized Brevetoxins during Florida Red Tide Events: Impacts on a Healthy Worker Population. Environmental Health Perspectives 113-5:644.

Backer LC, Fleming LE, Rowan A, Cheng, Y-S, Benson J, Pierce RH, Zaias J, Bean, J, Bossart GD, Johnson D, Quimbo R, Baden DG. Recreational Exposure to Aerosolized Brevetoxins During Florida Red Tide Events. Harmful Algae. 2003;2:19-28.

Backer LC. Cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms (CyanoHABs): Developing a public health response (PDF). Lake and Reservoir Management. 2002;18(1);20-31.

Backer LC, Niskar AS, Rubin C, Blindauer K, Christianson D, Naeher L, Schurz-Rogers H. Environmental public health surveillance: possible estuary-associated syndrome. Env. Health Perspect. 2001;109 (Suppl 5);797-801.