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Friday, August 2, 2013

Cafe Scientifique at the Science Center in Pittsburgh

Bring a local official, so they can make informed decisions on what happens in the Township and/or Borough!

Join us for Café Scientifique!

Monday, Aug. 12, 2013

7 – 9 pm


Medical Effects of Hydraulic Fracturing

Hydraulic fracturing – the fracturing of rock by a pressurized liquid – is a lucrative, but controversial issue that has come to the forefront in Western Pennsylvania. In recent years, fracking has raised numerous environmental concerns, including ground water contamination and risks to air quality, which largely impact the people who live near these sites.

Join Dr. Michael Abesamis, assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, to learn about the possible medical effects of hydraulic fracturing on exposed individuals. He'll share current findings and research to evaluate the overall impact of fracking.

Abesamis is the co-director of the West Virginia Poison Center and the associate medical director for the Pittsburgh Poison Center. He also oversees the Medical Toxicology Outpatient Clinic in UMPC Presbyterian Hospital's Emergency Department. There, he evaluates and treats people who are exposed to chemicals and solvents in the home or workplace. Abesamis is currently completing his master's degree in public health with a strong interest in occupational and environmental exposures.

Dr. Michael Abesamis
Assistant Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine

Free to attend, RSVP here!
Date: Monday, Aug. 12, 2013
Time: Doors open at 6 pm, and the program is 7–9 pm.
Please be on time, the Science Center doors close at 7:45 pm.
Location: Carnegie Science Center
Admission: FREE!
Parking: $5
Food and drinks will be available for purchase.