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Center for the Environment Speaker to Discuss: 'Can Arsenic in Water Cause Diabetes?'

October 2, 2009

Category: Environmental Science, Events

StybloA biochemist in UNC-Chapel Hill's Department of Nutrition will talk on "Nutrition and Environment: Could Arsenic in our Water be Causing Diabetes?" on Thursday, Oct. 29, at the Center for the Environment at Catawba College. The 7 p.m. presentation will be followed by a reception.

Dr. Miroslav Styblo, a research associate professor at UNC-Chapel Hill, has a background in nutritional biochemistry and biochemical toxicology. His research focuses on topics like the metabolic interactions between essential and toxic trace elements found in the food chain or in the environment and environmentally-induced diseases, especially cancer or diabetes associated with exposure to arsenic.

Styblo received his Ph.D. from the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences in Prague, Czechoslovakia. He has served in a number of departments since he began his association with the University of North Carolina in 1992, including the Departments of Pediatrics and Nutrition and the Center for Environmental Medicine, Asthma and Lung Biology.

He has been an invited or keynote speaker at four international conferences on the health effects of arsenic exposure as well as numerous other conferences. The author of more than 60 articles in professional journals, Styblo has received a number of awards for his research and papers.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, contact Amanda Lanier at or (704) 637-4727.




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