Penn Medicine Gets $10-Million Grant to Investigate Asbestos Contamination In Ambler


June 11, 2014

KYW News Radio and CBSPhilly.com ran stories about Penn Medicine receiving a $10-million grant to figure out why some Ambler residents exposed to asbestos died of mesothelioma and others survived. Trevor Penning, PhD, director of the Penn Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology, credited the residents of Ambler, Montgomery County for asking the questions that led to this grant. “Each of the projects in the Superfund grant came from a community based question, and we will be going back to them with data as the projects progress.” The projects include remediating an asbestos-related site without removing it. Instead, it will be treated using plant materials. The researchers also plan to examine how Ambler residents were exposed and if women have a higher incidence of mesothelioma.

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