The Pacific Basin Consortium for Environment and Health (PBC) selected NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) Director William Suk, Ph.D., to receive its inaugural Chairman’s Award. The award, presented at the 15th International Conference of the PBC, recognized his enormous contribution to reshaping the PBC to focus more on global environmental health, with particular emphasis on children’s health.
Originally established in 1986 and called the Pacific Basin Consortium on Hazardous Wastes, the PBC provides a forum for scientists and engineers to facilitate dialogue and cooperation among industry, governments, and academia to tackle problems associated with hazardous waste production, management, and remediation in the Pacific Basin.
Suk played a special role in the development of the PBC, helping to transform the organization’s mission over time from focusing just on remediation to also include consideration of health effects. Suk served as a member of the Board of Directors from 1996-2004 and the Chair of the Board of Directors from 2000-2004. In 1996, Suk was instrumental in organizing the PBC meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which began the shift within the PBC to become more health-driven. Over the years, the PBC further evolved in its consideration of environmental health issues.
The PBC as it is today reflects Suk’s vision for the organization, which, along with the SRP, addresses toxic substances in an interdisciplinary fashion ranging from methods of remediation to studies of health effects.
For more information on the consortium, visit the PBC website .