Panelists- Environment


William Kaufmann, Ph.D.
Director of Genetic Susceptibility Research Core
Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility, UNC-Chapel Hill
William Kaufmann received a Bachelors of Science degree from Yale University in 1973 with a major in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. After working for two years as a Research Chemist in the Lung Cancer Branch at the National Cancer Institute, he entered graduate school in the Department of Pathology at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill where he studied mechanisms of chemical carcinogenesis. He was awarded the Ph.D. degree in 1979. His post-doctoral training was in the Laboratory of Radiobiology and Environmental Health at the University of California-San Francisco where he studied mechanisms of radiation carcinogenesis. He returned to join the faculty in the Department of Pathology at UNC-CH in 1982 and is now a tenured Professor.  He is director of the UNC Program in Toxicogenomics, Director of the Genetic Susceptibility Research Core in the Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility, and a member in the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. His research is focused on genes that protect against environmental carcinogenesis.

Stephanie London, M.D.
Senior Investigator
Epidemiology Branch and Laboratory of Respiratory Biology
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Dr. London studies genetic susceptibility and interactions between genetics and the environment in relation to respiratory diseases, both lung cancer and nonmalignant conditions, primarily asthma and chronic respiratory symptoms.

David Peden, M.D.
Director, Center for Environmental Medicine
Asthma and Lung Biology, UNC-CH School of Medicine
Dr. David Peden is Professor of Pediatrics & Medicine, Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology, Associate Chair for Research in the Department of Pediatrics, Chief, Division of Immunology & Infectious Disease and Director, Center for Environmental Medicine, Asthma & Lung Biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As Chief of the Division of Immunology & Infectious Disease, Dr. Peden maintains the Children’s and Adolescent Allergy Clinic in the North Carolina Children’s Hospital. As Director of the UNC Center for Environmental Medicine, Asthma and Lung Biology, he conducts and oversees a number of clinical investigations examining the effect of challenge and exposure to a number of environmental agents, including ozone, endotoxin, diesel exhaust and other particulates. Dr. Peden’s group has extensive expertise in evaluating persons for asthma, allergies and lung disease, using spirometry, methacholine challenge, analysis of induced sputum and allergen skin testing.

Dr. Peden received his Doctor of Medicine degree from West Virginia University and subsequently received training in Pediatrics at West Virginia University Medical Center. His fellowship training in allergy and immunology was completed at the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Peden is board certified in pediatrics, allergy and immunology and clinical laboratory immunology.

Dr. Peden is currently principal or co-principal investigator for over $3.5 million of grant funded research. His major research interest have been: 1) pollution and environmental factors in allergic disease and asthma; 2) the role of rhinitis and sinusitis in asthma; 3) evaluation of novel therapeutic agents for asthma, allergies and airway disorders; 4) airway antioxidant and oxidant physiology; and 5) granulocyte function in airway disease

Doug Campbell, M.D.
Director, Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology
North Carolina Department of Public Health
Dr. Douglas Campbell is a physician who is board certified in internal medicine and occupational and environmental medicine. He has a masters in public health degree with a specialty in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to entering medical school he served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps with active duty in the Vietnam war. He served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer with the Centers for Disease Control in the early 1980's and was based in New York state. During that time he evaluated and
responded to many outbreaks of infectious diseases. He worked as a medical epidemiologist for the North Carolina Division of Public Health in the 1980's. He established a successful private practice as a consultant in Occupational Medicine in 1994. In 2002 he returned to public health in North Carolina to become head of the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch within the Division of Public Health. He has served on several advisory boards in the public health area at the state and federal level. He is interested in environmental and occupational threats to health, and in minimizing or eliminating their impacts on the public.

Katherine Shea, M.D., MPH, FAAP
Board Certified Pediatrician &
Technical Consultant and Scientific Editor for World Health Organization
Katherine M. Shea is a board certified pediatrician with specialty training in preventive medicine and environmental health. She is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Maternal and Child Health of the School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and on the Adjunct Faculty of Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Shea is a technical consultant and scientific editor for World Health Organization, and works part time at North Carolina State University Student Health Service as a staff physician. She has served as medical consultant to Physicians for Social Responsibility National Office, was a member of the Climate Change Taskforce convened by Environmental Defense, and a volunteer with her local public school system’s School Health Advisory Committee. Currently she is vice president and member of the board of the Agricultural Resources Center, a nonprofit public interest organization which engages in research and public education on issues and policies related to safe food, family farm agriculture and preservation of natural resources with a special interest in pesticides. Dr. Shea is also actively involved in children's environmental health policy development with the American Academy of Pediatrics and the North Carolina Pediatric Society.

Content Expert:

Robin Mackar
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences