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Chip Hughes, WETP Director

Workshop Explores Opportunities in the Green Economy

From the manufacture of rain barrels to the retrofitting of older homes, the emerging green economy promises to have a fundamental impact on the way people will work and live in the future. more

Erik Tokar

Postdocs Win SOT Awards

Two NIEHS postdoctoral fellows will be adding to their CVs and their bank accounts as a result of their winning posters in the North Carolina Society of Toxicology (NCSOT) President's Award for Research Competition. more

Research Festival symposium chair Jef French

NIEHS Scientists Shine at Research Festival

NIEHS and National Toxicology Program (NTP) scientists were among the thousands of people attending the 21st annual NIH Research Festival October 14-17. more

Paul Rogers, retured U.S. Congressman

Health Research Loses Faithful Supporter

On October 15, the health research community was saddened to learn of the death of retired U.S. Congressman Paul Rogers, 87, two days earlier at a hospital in Washington. more

Roger Tsien, Ph.D.

Nobel Winner Is Superfund Grantee

One of this year's Nobel Prize for Chemistry winners, Roger Tsien, Ph.D. has a history of grant awards from the NIEHS Superfund Basic Research Program (SBRP) more

Bill Suk, Ph.D.

Suk and Perera Honored for Advocacy

Veteran NIEHS leader Bill Suk, Ph.D., and NIEHS grantee Frederica Perera, Dr.PH., of Columbia University were honored for their advocacy of children's health in separate ceremonies held during October in Washington, D.C. and New York City by the Children's Environmental Health Network (CEHN). more

Marian Johnson-Thompson, Ph.D.

NIH Holds Tribute for Johnson-Thompson

On October 9, NIH held its own tribute and reception for former NIEHS Director of Education and Biomedical Research Development Marian Johnson-Thompson, Ph.D., in the Cloisters Building on the Bethesda campus. more

Sam Wilson, M.D.

ICs Announce Epigenomics Grants

NIEHS is one of six institutes and centers (ICs) that announced the award of $18 million in 2008 grants on September 29 as part of the $190 million, five-year trans-NIH Roadmap Epigenomics Program. more

Vernice Miller-Travis

Environmental Justice Advocate Speaks at EPA

As part of its ongoing Environmental Justice (EJ) Series, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hosted Vernice Miller-Travis on September 30 at the EPA auditorium in RTP. more

Instructor and NTP scientist Kristina Thayer, Ph.D.

Working with the Media to Communicate Science

The NIEHS Office of Communications and Public Liaison (OCPL) recognizes the important role that the media can play in helping NIEHS communicate its research to the American public. more

Inside the Institute

Monica Ram��rez, left, and Denise Moreno Ram��rez

Hispanic Heritage Talk Focuses on U. S.-Mexico Binational Programs

On September 25 in Rodbell Auditorium, NIEHS Superfund Basic Research Program (SBRP) grantees Denise Moreno Ram��rez and Monica Ram��rez participated in the NIEHS Hispanic Heritage Month celebration with their joint presentation. more

Dona McNeill and Cynthia Radford

Employee Services Holds Science Manager/Leader Seminar

According to NIEHS Manager of Employee Services Dona McNeill, competent scientists stand to benefit from specialized training in how to be competent managers and leaders. more

Jessie Pickett-Williams, M.S., CRC, LPC

Vocational Rehab Featured For Disability Awareness Month

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and the NIEHS Disability Advocacy Committee (DAC) celebrated the contributions of "differently-abled" individuals by offering several events. more

Mariachi Los Galleros de Mexico

Hispanic Heritage Month Reception

Following the Hispanic Heritage Month Lecture on September 25, NIEHS staffers and guests flocked to the Rall Building Cafeteria for food, entertainment and a glimpse into the cultures of several Latin countries. more

Intramural Research

Intramural Papers of the Month

Science Notebook

Tom Ellenberger, D.V.M., Ph.D.

Distinguished Lecture on Biology of DNA

Many scientists have uncovered the mechanisms involved in DNA replication, repair and recombination. One of those researchers, Tom Ellenberger, D.V.M., Ph.D., visited NIEHS recently and gave a seminar that focused on his contribution to this body of knowledge. more

Patricia Moorman, Ph.D.

GEMS Meeting Highlights Inflammation in Cancer

Members of the Genetics and Environmental Mutagenesis Society (GEMS) gathered in the Radisson Hotel in RTP for the group's 26th annual Fall Meeting on October 6. more

Lilian Calder��n-Garcidue��as, M.D., Ph.D.

Air Pollution Linked to Cognitive Deficits and Brain Abnormalities

A new NIEHS-funded study available online from the journal Brain and Cognition offers compelling evidence of the significant effects of ambient air pollution on structural alterations in brain and cognitive deficiencies in healthy children and dogs from two Mexican cities. more

Marian Evatt, M.D.

Vitamin D Insufficiency Common in Parkinson's Patients

A team of investigators at the Emory University School of Medicine, funded by an NIEHS grant and grants from other NIH institutes, recently reported that a significant portion of Parkinson's patients suffer from vitamin D insufficiency. more

Silent Spring Postdoctoral Research Fellow Ami Zota, Sc.D.,

Study Finds Elevated PBDEs in California

Investigators funded by an NIEHS Environmental Justice Program grant report high levels of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), ubiquitous compounds used as a fire retardant in furniture, in the house dust and serum of people living in California. Serum levels of the compound penta-BDE in residents of California were twice the national average. more

Stavros Garantziotis, M.D.

Healing Process Found to Backfire in Lung Patients

A mechanism in the body that typically helps a person heal from an injury may actually be causing patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) to get worse, researchers at NIEHS and their collaborators have found. . more

Lead author Keri Hornbuckle, left in green sweater, discussed the equipment installation with van driver Roger Peck while UI graduate student Andres Martinez, foreground, enters data.

Superfund Study Detects PCB11 in Ambient Air

A new year-long study conducted by researchers at the University of Iowa (UI) Superfund Basic Research Program (SBRP) reports finding unexpectedly high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), particularly PCB11 (3,3'-dichlorobiphenyl), pervasive in Chicago's urban air. more

Calendar of Upcoming Events

  • November 5 (Offsite Event)
    in the William T. Young Library Auditorium at the University of Kentucky
    8:30 - 12:00
    NIEHS Acting Deputy Director Bill Suk, Ph.D., and NIEHS grantee Phil Landrigan, M.D., present the inaugural keynote talks in the university's John P. Wyatt Lecture Series
  • November 6
    in Rodbell Auditorium
    8:30 - 5:00
    Science Day, Agenda TBA
  • November 7
    in Rodbell A
    10:30 - 12:30
    Laboratory of Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology Lecture Series with Frederike Jayes, D.V.M., Ph.D., addressing "Estrogen Receptor Function Within the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Ovarian Axis"
  • November 8 (Offsite Event)
    at the Hamner Conference Center at 15 T.W. Alexander Drive in RTP
    2nd Biennial GlaxoSmithKline-American Foundation for Aging Research Symposium keynote talk on "Challenges and Opportunities in Aging Research" with Richard B. Hodes, M.D., follows a full day of student presentations and a 3:30 reception
  • November 13 - 14 (Offsite Event)
    at the Winfrey Hotel in Birmingham, Ala.
    Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Centers 5th Annual Early Environmental Exposures Meeting
  • November 14 (Offsite Event)
    in Alumni Hall at the UNC-Chapel Hill Carolina Club
    8:00 - 6:00
    Carolina Center of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence 2nd Annual Cancer Nanotechnology Symposium (Registration)
  • November 17 - 18 (Offsite Event)
    at the National Academy of Sciences Building in Washington, D.C.
    "Value in Health Care: Accounting for cost, quality, safety, outcomes and innovation"
  • November 20 - 21
    in Rodbell Auditorium
    8:30 - 5:00
    NTP Board of Scientific Counselors Meeting
  • November 21 (Offsite Event)
    in G202 at the UNC-Chapel Hill Medical Biomolecular Research Building
    12:00 - 1:00
    NIEHS grantee Laura Niedernhofer, M.D., Ph.D., exploring "The Contribution of DNA Damage to Aging and Age-related Disease"

View More Events: NIEHS Public Calendar

Extramural Research

Extramural Update

As part of its role in the NIH Countermeasures Against Chemical Threats (CounterACT) program, NIEHS will provide oversight of one new Research Center of Excellence at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and one project at Duke University created this summer to develop therapeutics for chlorine-induced pulmonary damage. These awards augment the existing NIEHS portfolio within the NIH CounterACT program to develop therapeutics for lung injury induced by chemical threats such as chlorine, sulfur mustard, sarin, phosgene and acrolein. ... read more

Extramural Papers of the Month

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