The Harvard Center for Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research team will be in Miami on Thursday for a series of public meetings .

The general public is invited to attend two sessions. The first will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon and will focus on the medical and social status of Ottawa County children. It will be held at the Miami Civic Center.

The second meeting will be held from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. and will provide the public with an update on research activities. That meeting will be held at the Miami High School library. An appreciation reception for teachers and principals will follow.

The Harvard Center for Children team consists of distinguished scientists and researchers in the medical and environmental fields. Joe Brain is the principal investigator and leads four distinct teams.

The Medical and Social Status of Ottawa County panel will be moderated by Susan Waldron, Ottawa County Health Department and will joined by Dr. Mark Osborn, MD, physician with Integris Baptist Regional Hospital and by a prerecorded presentation by Edward Gustavson, MD, developmental pediatrician with Children's Medical Center in Tulsa.

Robert Wright, MD, representing the Harvard Center for Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research in Boston, will give an update on research.

Dialogue and discussion will follow at the Miami Civic Center where students from Laura Edington's eighth-grade English classes will present lead poisoning prevention messages.

The Research team will also be meeting with Tribal leaders, medical professionals, elected officials, federal agencies and the local community advisory board.