Environmental Factor, December 2009, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Strategies to reduce greenhouse gases also benefit human health, according to studies published in the medical journal The Lancet. ...read more
On October 6, researchers who received funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to study the health effects of the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) gathered in North Carolina to meet with scientists from academia and government already working on the compound. ...read more
On November 4, a 10-member independent scientific expert panel convened by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) voted unanimously to list formaldehyde as a "known human carcinogen" in the upcoming 12th NTP Report on Carcinogens (RoC). ...read more
NIEHS plans to increase its investment in understanding the potential health, safety and environmental issues related to tiny particles that are used in many everyday products such as sunscreens, cosmetics and electronics. ...read more
Mike Shelby, Ph.D., of the National Toxicology Program (NTP) was recognized by his peers at the 40th annual meeting of the Environmental Mutagen Society (EMS), October 24-28, in St. Louis. ...read more
Two National Toxicology Program (NTP) scientists - Scott Auerbach, Ph.D., and Matt Stout, Ph.D. - recently took an important step along toxicology's professional ranks by satisfying requirements for Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology (D.A.B.T.) certification. ...read more
November 18-19, NIEHS Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., participated in a series of events dedicated to discussing breast cancer and the environment, including the annual meeting of the Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Centers (BCERC) and a public forum in Sausalito, Calif.. ...read more
The newly formed One Health Commission - a collaborative group of health science experts representing human, animal and ecosystem disciplines - held a groundbreaking summit on November 17 at the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in Washington, D.C. ...read more
The NIH Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH), in collaboration with the NIH Coordinating Committee on Research on Women's Health (CCRWH), has published Women in Science at the National Institutes of Health, 2007-2008. ...read more
Several NIEHS employees represented the Institute at the American Public Health Association's (APHA) 137th Annual Meeting and Exposition at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia on November 7-11. Myra Westmoreland, Mary Collins, Martha Dimes and Rita Hanson were on hand at the NIEHS exhibit to meet attendees and answer questions about NIEHS. Little did they know that the exhibit would win first prize out of the many exhibit booths representing "non-profit organizations." ...read more
Inside the Institute
On October 10, Brooke Tvermoes, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in the Comparative Genomics Group, finished fifth in her age class in the Ford Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. ...read more
On November 19, a group of students from the Biology and Cancer Research Program at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) visited the NIEHS to attend a public meeting of the National Toxicology Program's (NTP) Board of Scientific Counselors Technical Reports Review Subcommittee. ...read more
DNA polymerase is responsible for DNA replication, a process that allows all living organisms to precisely copy their genetic material so that the information can be passed on to the next generation. But what happens when the polymerase has a mutation in its sequence? ...read more
On November 13, Distinguished Lecturer Gail Mandel, Ph.D., came to NIEHS to talk about her research, which is defining the gene regulatory mechanisms involved in cell differentiation and specialization. ...read more
On the first Thursday in November, NIEHS traditionally holds an event that honors outstanding scientific achievements among the Institute's intramural community. On November 5, researchers and trainees left their laboratories and offices to discuss science and listen to oral presentations during the 7th Annual Science Awards Day. ...read more
On November 10, Patricia Opresko, Ph.D., an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh, presented "Links Between Telomere Instability, Environmental Genotoxins and Human Disease" for the Keystone Science Lecture Series at NIEHS. Opresko is an NIEHS 2006 Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) grantee. ...read more
According to GreenFacts.com, inorganic arsenic occurs naturally in the earth's crust and results from man-made activities such as mining, smelting and coal-fired power plants. Inorganic arsenic is known to be carcinogenic to humans and is a common contaminate in drinking water. ...read more
This month, Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) investigates the potential threat of lead exposure in tap water. The focus article, "Out of Plumb: When Water Treatment Causes Lead Contamination," examines how lead gets into treated water and what water utilities and residents are doing about it. ...read more
The NIEHS 2008-2009 Distinguished Lecture Series continues on December 8 with the annual Hans L. Falk Memorial Lecture. The lecturer this year is C. Ronald Kahn, M.D., Sc.D., who will speak on "Genes and Environment in the Epidemic of Diabetes and Obesity." ...read more
Ever wish there was a grant program that allows expansion of your currently funded NIEHS grant, and at the same time, allows you to bring in new collaborators to improve the translational or transdisciplinary nature of the research? If so, take a look at ViCTER, "Virtual Consortium for Translational and/or Transdisciplinary Environmental Research," a new grant program developed at NIEHS. ...read more
- Chronic Glucocorticoid Use Raises Risk of Bladder Cancer
- Discovery in Aflatoxin Formation
- Bacterial Toxin Linked to Parkinson's
- Social Isolation Speeds Breast Tumor Growth
- Zinc Finger RNA-Binding Protein Zfp3612 Critical in Hematopoiesis
- Alternative Mouse Model for Asthma Reveals Novel Pathways
- Calcium Sensing Protein is Specialized for Digital Signaling
- Polymerase Stalling Controls Inflammatory Gene Expression
Calendar of Upcoming Events
- December 3, in Rall D450, 10:00-11:00 - Laboratory of Molecular Carcinogenesis Seminar Series with Charles Loftin, Ph.D., speaking on "COX-2 Dependent Inflammation in Cardiovascular and Adipose Tissue"
- December 4, in Rodbell Auditorium, 9:00-10:00 - The Impact of Low-level Mercury Exposure on Peripheral Nerve Function presented by Alfred Franzblau, M.D.
- December 7-10 (Offsite Event) at Lowes Miami Hotel, 8:00-5:00 - pptoxII - Role of Environmental Stressors in the Developmental Origins of Disease
- December 8, in Rodbell Auditorium, 10:00-11:00 - Annual Falk Lecture featuring C. Ronald Kahn, M.D., presenting "Genes and Environment in the Epidemic of Diabetes and Obesity"
- December 9 (Offsite Event) in 103 Bryan Research Building at Duke University - Seminar on "Regulation and Function of Store-Operated Calcium Entry" by James Putney, Ph.D.
- December 9-10, in Rodbell Auditorium, 8:30-5:00 - NTP Board of Scientific Counselors Meeting
- December 17, in Rall D450, 10:00-11:00 - Laboratory of Molecular Carcinogenesis Seminar Series with John Cidlowski, Ph.D., speaking on "The Complex Lives of the Glucocorticoid Receptors in Health and Disease"
- December 17, in Rodbell Auditorium, 1:00-2:30 - Director's Award Ceremony
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