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Stayner Leslie Thomas

E-mail: lstayner@uic.edu

Dr. Leslie Stayner, PhD, is currently a Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Illinois’ School of Public Health in Chicago (UIC SPH). He is also Director of the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Program and was formerly the Director of the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UIC SPH. He also previously worked at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in Cincinnati for nearly 25 years and in his last position was the Chief of their Risk Evaluation Branch. He has been a Visiting Scientist with the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in Lyon France and has participated in numerous of their monograph meetings. He received a M.S. in Epidemiology and Occupational Health and Safety in 1980 from the Harvard School of Public Health and his PhD in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989.

His major research interests are in the area of occupational and environmental epidemiology with a primary focus on carcinogenic hazards, and on the development of epidemiologic methods. He has been involved in conducting research on cancer and exposure to asbestos, 1,3-butadiene, formaldehyde, diesel exhaust, hexavalent chromium, cadmium, silica and ethylene oxide. He has served as an advisor to numerous agencies including ATSDR, EPA, NRC/IOM, OSHA, MSHA and the WHO. He is currently engaged in a CDC funded study to examine the potential association between exposures to atrazine and nitrates in drinking water and the rate of adverse pregnancy outcomes and childhood cancer in eight Midwestern states.

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