Month: August 2017

PIC 2017: The 15th International Congress on Combustion By-Products and Their Health Effects

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The 15th International Congress on Combustion By-Products and Their Health Effects was held June 27-30 in Seoul South Korea.  This conference, also known as PIC 2017, was co-hosted by The Korean Society of Combustion ( and the PIC Congress Office at Louisiana State University ( and sponsored by National Institute of Environmental Health Science (NIEHS).  The congress is held every two years with the goal of providing an international forum to discuss topics such as the origins, fate, and health effects of the products of combustion.  The main theme of PIC 2017 was “Coping with Expanding Regulations:  Health and Environmental Effects of Combustion By-products from Newly Recognized Sources of Pollution”.  To learn more about the history and mission of the PIC Congress please visit

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LSU SRP researchers played a major role at this year’s PIC Congress.  Dr. Slawo Lomnicki, Assistant Professor of Environmental Sciences at Louisiana State University and leader of LSU SRP Materials Core and Project 1:  Formation and Reactions of Environmentally Persistent Free Radicals in Thermal Processing of Superfund Wastes and Dr. Stephania Cormier, the Plough Foundation Chair of Excellence in Pediatrics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Director of the LSU SRP, and leader of Project 2: Environmentally Persistent Free Radicals Alter Pulmonary Immunologic Homeostasis, served as Executive Committee Co-Chairs. Dr. Cormier also gave part of the welcome address and served as the chair for the session “Combustion-Derived Nanomaterials I”.

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LSU SRP researchers, trainees and alumni contributed to the following presentations at PIC 2017:

  • “Reduced lung function in adult mice after exposure to environmentally persistent free radicals is preceded by vascular injury” (Tammy Dugas).
  • “Inhaled environmentally persistent free radical particulate matter produce toxicity and adjuvant effects following house-dust mite induction of asthma in mice” (Alexandra Noël, Ashlyn C. Harmon, Balamurugan Subramanian, Zakia Perveen, Kurt Varner, Kelsey Legendre, Daniel B. Paulsen, Tammy R. Dugas and Arthur L. Penn).
  • “Radical containing combustion derived particulate matter activate aryl hydrocarbon receptor and enhance pulmonary Th17 inflammation (Sridhar Jaligama, Vivek Patel, Asmaa Sallam, Pingli Wang, Jeffrey Harding and Stephania A. Cormier)
  • “Persistent free radicals from pyrolysis of lignin and lignin model compounds” (L. Khachatryan, M. Barekati-Goudarzi, M. Xu, R. Asatryan and D. Boldor).
  • “The effect of particulate matter mineral composition on environmentally persistent free radical (EPFR) formation (Elisabeth E. Feld-Cook, Lisa Bovenkamp-Langlois and Slawo M. Lomnicki).
  • “Mechanisms for formation of PCDD/F via surface-assisted coupling of precursors (Hantarto Widjaja, Bogdan Z. Dlugogorski, Jakub Skut, Slawomir M. Lomnicki and Mohammednoor Altarawneh).
  • Gas-to-particle partitioning constants of volatile organic compounds (Eric P. Vejerano, Guiying Rao, Hannah M. Rogers and Linsey C. Marr)
  • “Application of the continuous ambient particulate monitor in the long-term assessment of atmospheric dioxins (Meng-xia Xu, Jun He, Neng-bin Xu, Li-bo Zhu, Ying-guo Fan, Jie Yu, Bing-jian Yang, Shen-jie Li, Wei-feng Wang and Dan-dan Xu)

To learn more about PIC 2017, the host institution, and see the full agenda please visit  Pictures from PIC 2017 are also available on the LSU SRP Facebook page at