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UT professor emeritus to give microcystin lecture

Dr. Earl J. Campbell, Jr., professor emeritus for The University of Toledo Department of Medicine, will give a lecture on microcystin, the toxin that led to Toledo’s water crisis, on Friday, August 8 at noon. The free, public lecture will be held in the Health Education Building room 100, on UT’s Health Science Campus.

Campbell has gathered information about the basic, underlying science of microcystin, including studies from China and Japan. The studies focus on aspects of exposure, particularly related to hepatic carcinoma, the most common type of liver cancer.

Campbell recently presented his lecture to the local chapter of the American Chemical Society and to The Symposium, a physician discussion group, which resulted in an appeal to the Ohio State Medical Society to support legislation to decrease the use of phosphorus in Maumee, a major factor in the water crisis.

Campbell is a member of the Lake Erie Waterkeeper Alliance Board. He also authored a locally circulated paper based on citizen-collected information, including 600 data points, relating to phosphorus levels in various areas of the Maumee River.

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