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Bertina Jones was instrumental in organizing the meeting. She is shown here introducing Wilson.

NIEHS Welcomes Trainees

As part of a continuous effort to improve postdoctoral training at NIEHS, the Institute held what organizers described as the first ever systematic NIEHS Trainee Orientation January 17 in Rodbell Auditorium to welcome new - and several old - trainees....read more

NIEHS Fellow and lead author Julia Gohlke.

Scientists Link Health and Climate Change at National Meeting

On January 16 the National Council for Science and the Environment convened its the Climate Change: Science and Solutions conference of in Washington, D.C. The NIEHS was a sponsor for the meeting and had representatives on hand as participants....read more

Principal Investigator Clarice Weinberg, left, and Co-investigator Dale Sandler

With IRB OK, Researchers Launch New Breast Cancer Study

Investigators Clarice Weinberg, Ph.D. and Dale Sandler, Ph.D., had reason to celebrate on January 18 when they learned that the NIEHS Institutional Review Board (IRB) had given final approval for launching their new study of breast cancer, known as the Two Sister Study....read more

Institute Helps Disseminate Malaria Publication

NIEHS was one of the supporters of a 340-page supplement on malaria published in the December 2007 issue of the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Funding from the NIEHS through a collaborative agreement with the Fogarty International Center (FIC) helped to make this important publication available free of cost to public health scientists and practitioners worldwide....read more

Ramirez, shown at Science Day in 2007, took advantage of the many resources at NIEHS.

Senior Trainee to Establish Free Radical Lab

NIEHS research fellow Dario Ramirez, Ph.D., leaves NIEHS in February to begin a new phase in his career and set up his own lab for his new job in Oklahoma City, after working for seven years in the NIEHS Laboratory of Pharmacology and Chemistry (LPC)....read more

Frederica Perera

DISCOVER Grants Awarded

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) announced awards totaling $6.8 million for the first year of funding to three new research centers called DISCOVER centers - Disease Investigation Through Specialized Clinically-Oriented Ventures in Environmental Research....read more

During a reception at POGO, Suk, center, posed with Anthony Knap, Ph.D., left, president and director of BIOS; and Anthony Haymet, Ph.D., director of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. As Suk noted,

Enhancing Oceans and Human Health Initiative

During a reception at POGO, Suk, center, posed with Anthony Knap, Ph.D., left, president and director of BIOS; and Anthony Haymet, Ph.D., director of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. As Suk noted, "These partnerships are also a way of broadening our constituency."...read more

MLK Celebration Speaker Julianne Malveaux

Julianne Malveaux Speaks at King Celebration

On Wednesday January 16, NIEHS employees celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at a standing-room-only event held at the neighboring Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Main Auditorium....read more

As people began to fill the Executive Conference Room in the Rall Building, Johnson-Thompson, left, queued up the PowerPoint programs with the help of Packenham, who is program director in the NIEHS Office of Scientific Director.

Durham Careers in Science Consortium Meets at NIEHS

Finding ways to augment science curriculum and activities - and consequently turn young people on to careers in science - is the goal of a diverse group of educators, business people, scientists and community leaders who gathered at NIEHS January 14 for a meeting of Durham Careers in Science (DCIS)....read more

Inside the Institute

The building's Davis Drive entrance is clearly marked. The Hobson Road entrance marker is similar to the one on Davis.

An Outside Look at 530 Davis Drive

For the 350 or so NIEHS employees and contractors who work in the satellite office spaces at East Campus and Nottingham Hall, the final months of 2008 will mean making a move into consolidated office space at 530 Davis Drive in Keystone....read more

Women work on a quilt for the exhibition.

Black History Month Events

Campus and area organizers have finalized arrangements for three events during February to celebrate Black History Month - a yearly acknowledgement of the struggles and accomplishments of African Americans....read more

Family Health Transitions Seminar Series Begins February 6

The NIEHS Office of Management and the Disability Advocacy Committee are sponsoring a series of six seminars on family health transitions topics. The presentations will take place on Wednesdays during February and March in the Executive Conference Room and will feature local experts with non-profits and businesses....read more

These students demonstrate the choreography of Martial Arts as they move dance-like in unison.

White Tigers Land Again in Rodbell

Rodbell Auditorium was the scene once more of youngsters flying through the air, boards cracking into pieces from well-placed kicks and grunts punctuated by the thud of landing feet as students from the White Tiger Taekwondo School in Cary took over the stage January 18 during their third visit to the Institute....read more

Science Notebook

Flavell described the results of network approach to immune function, an approach that studies the inter-relationships of the proteins that make up the inflammasome.

Inflammasome and Infection

In Rodbell Auditorium on January 8, 2008, NIEHS welcomed Richard A. Flavell, Ph.D., as part of the continuing 2007-2008 NIEHS Distinguished Lecture series. Flavell discussed the intricacies of innate and adaptive immunity in a lecture titled "The Inflammasome in Pathogen Recognition and Inflammation." Principal Investigator Donald Cook, Ph.D., of the Laboratory of Respiratory Biology hosted the event....read more

Research Geneticist and lead author Michael Resnick

Evolution of Human Genome's 'Guardian' Network

Human evolution has created enhancements in key genes connected to the p53 regulatory network -- the so-called guardian of the genome -- that boost the network's safeguards against DNA damage that could cause cancer or a variety of genetic diseases, according to an international team of scientists led by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) that included Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center....read more

Folt, right, and Chen are affiliated with the Dartmouth Center for Environmental Health Science and the Superfund Basic Research Program's Toxic Metals Research Program.

Superfund Study of Toxins in China's Freshwater Ecosystem

Scientists from Dartmouth College, Lakeland College, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing investigated the bioaccumulation and trophic transfer of the toxic metals, mercury and arsenic, in Lake Baiyangdian, China....read more

Portier pondered his response to a member of the audience who asked him about how investigators plan to validate the findings of HTS pathways analysis.

Portier Outlines Strategy for HTS Pathway Analysis

The January 9 talk by NIEHS Associate Director Chris Portier, Ph.D., in Rodbell Auditorium was the first in a series of seminars sponsored by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) Biomolecular Screening Branch....read more

Mitchell Lazar, M.D., Ph.D.

Upcoming Distinguished Lecture Features Mitchell Lazar

The 2007-2008 NIEHS Distinguished Lecture Series continues at 11:00 a.m. February 13 with a talk by Mitchell Lazar, M.D., Ph.D., on "Nuclear Receptor Regulation of Metabolism." Lazar's talk will take place in Rodbell Auditorium and be hosted by Trevor Archer, Ph.D., chief of the NIEHS Laboratory of Molecular Carcinogenesis. ...read more

Extramural Research

Extramural Update

On September 4, 2007, NIEHS extramural and intramural staff met with twelve international air pollution research experts in Mexico City to discuss the breadth and depth of different air pollution studies around the world, and to assess the feasibility of comparing and pooling data to better understand the diverse clinical responses and genetic susceptibility to exposure to air pollution across different populations....read more

Papers of the Year 2007

Calendar of Upcoming Events

  • February 1 in Rodbell Auditorium, 9:00 - 10:00 - Frontiers of Environmental Sciences Lecture Series featuring Anna Maria Siega-Riz, Ph.D., speaking on "Maternal Obesity-The Number One Problem Facing Prenatal Care Providers In The New Millennium"
  • February 5 (Offsite Event) at the Consumer Product Safety Commission Headquarters in Bethesda, Md., 1:00 - 5:00 - Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM) Ten-Year Anniversary Symposium, Celebrating the Advancement of Public Health and Animal Welfare With Sound Science: Envisioning New Directions in Toxicology
  • February 13 in Rodbell Auditorium, 11:00 - 12:00 - Distinguished Lecture with Mitchell A. Lazar, M.D., Ph.D., speaking on "Nuclear Receptor Regulation of Metabolism"
  • February 15 in Rodbell Auditorium, 9:00 - 10:00 - Frontiers of Environmental Sciences Lecture Series with Jim Putney, Ph.D., topic TBD
  • February 19-21 (Offsite Event) at the Doubletree Hotel, Tampa, Florida - Assessing Bioavailability as a Determinant of Pollutant Exposure: Building a Multidisciplinary Paradigm for the 21st Century and Beyond
  • February 20 in Rodbell Auditorium, 8:00 - 5:00 - NIEHS National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council Meeting
  • February 21 in Rodbell Auditorium, 10:00 - 11:00 - Laboratory of Molecular Genetics Seminar Series talk on "Genes, Environment and Chance: Their Role in Aging" by Tom Johnson, Ph.D.
  • February 22 in Rodbell Auditorium, 9:00 - 10:00 - Frontiers of Environmental Sciences Lecture Series featuring Mariano A. Garcia-Blanco, M.D., Ph.D., topic TBD
  • February 27-28 in Rodbell Auditorium, 8:30 - 5:00 - National Toxicology Program Board of Scientific Counselors Technical Reports Review Subcommittee Meeting
  • February 28 (Offsite Event) at the Natcher Center in Bethesda, Md., 8:00 - 5:00 - Cells to Society: Overcoming Health Disparities
  • February 29 in Rodbell Auditorium, 9:00 - 10:00 - Frontiers of Environmental Sciences Lecture Series talk by Ruben Carbonell, Ph.D., topic TBD
  • March 4 - 6 (Offsite Event) at the United States Geological Survey National Center in Reston, Virginia - Geological Society of America special meeting, "GeoHealth I: Building Bridges across the Geological and Health Sciences"

View More Events: NIEHS Public Calendar

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