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'The Global Problem of Pharmaceutical Pollution’
"The Global Problem of Pharmaceutical Pollution" with Professor Alistair Boxall We will probably all use pharmaceuticals at some stage in our life. Following use, pharmaceuticals are excreted into the sewage system and can then pass through sewage treatment plants into surface waters. Pharmaceuticals can also be released during the manufacturing process or as a result of disposal of unused medicines. As pharmaceuticals are biologically active molecules, in recent years there has been increasing interest from scientists and the general public over the potential impacts of pharmaceuticals on aquatic organisms and on humans that consume drinking water containing pharmaceuticals. In this talk, Alistair will describe the work he is doing in York to understand the occurrence of pharmaceuticals in aquatic environments across the globe and the implications for ecological and human health. Solutions to minimise the impacts of pharmaceuticals on the environment will also be presented. Alistair Boxall is Professor in Environmental Science in the University of York’s Environment and Geography Department. His research focuses on understanding emerging and future ecological and health risks posed by chemical contaminants in the natural environment. Alistair is a past member of the Defra Advisory Committee on Hazardous Substances and past Chair of the Pharmaceutical Advisory Group of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. He regularly advises national and international organisations on issues relating to chemical impacts on the environment and has published extensively on his field. Alistair has coordinated major European projects and is Director of the York City Environment Observatory Initiative. He received the 2016 Recipharm International Environmental Award for his work on the impacts of chemical contaminants on the environment.

Denham Room of the Priory Street Centre

York YO1 6ET · York

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