The Board of Directors of the Lead Safe America Foundation is proud to announce that on the “eve” of our fourth anniversary preeminent lead-poisoning prevention research scientist, Dr. Howard Mielke (of New Orleans) has joined our team. We look forward to having him engage in our work and forward our mission to help families for the next three years (and hopefully many years to come after that)!
Here’s a brief bio of Howard’s work in the field over the past several decades.
Dr. Howard W. Mielke is a Professor in the Department of Pharmacology, Tulane School of Medicine. His research capitalizes on his undergraduate degrees in biology, chemistry and geography at Macalester College in St. Paul (1963) and graduate degrees in biology (MS in 1967) and geography (PhD in 1972) at the University of Michigan. He applied his studies to urban geochemistry. His Baltimore study, conducted with Dr. Rufus Chaney at the USDA, Beltsville, MD, is recognized as pioneering research and highlighted the need to prevent urban accumulation of lead from gasoline; the Minnesota studies confirmed the early research by including several sized cities and children’s blood lead response to various amounts of environmental lead contamination; research on urban geochemistry and health was continued in 1989 in New Orleans at the College of Pharmacy of Xavier University of Louisiana. He was the Principal Investigator of a multimedia study of toxic substances in urban and rural New Orleans for the Environmental Health and Toxicology Research Program with the Minority Health Professions Foundation/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. In 2004 he undertook a HUD Lead Technical Study pilot project, “Re-Cover New Orleans”, whereby clean soils were trucked in to cover severely contaminated residential locations of New Orleans. After Hurricane Katrina in 2006 he was invited to join the faculty of Tulane University. A follow-up HUD study, “Closing the soil lead information gap” was conducted at Tulane University. His urban lead maps influenced the 1986 US rapid phasedown of lead from gasoline; supported revised lead rules in New Orleans, the European Union, Michigan, Canada, Mexico, Peru, and Vietnam; and assisted with Norway’s precedence for an active national soil intervention program. He published numerous articles on the topic of urban lead contamination and children’s health within the cities where he lived during several decades