Environmental Factor, March 2009, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
A receptive NIEHS National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council (NAEHSC) welcomed new NIEHS Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., at its spring meeting on February 19 ...read more
Report on Carcinogens (RoC) National Toxicology Program (NTP) reports on five of the nine compounds being considered for listing in the 12th Report on Carcinogens (RoC) were for the first time peer reviewed by the NTP Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC) February 24 in Rodbell Auditorium. ...read more
Each year, one of the Institute's major national meetings is the annual gathering of members of the Society of Toxicology (SOT). ...read more
NIEHS took a seat at a meeting of the President's Cancer Panel (PCP) with a presentation by NIEHS Center for Risk and Integrated Sciences Director Bill Suk, Ph.D., on January 27 in Phoenix. ...read more
Veteran NIEHS Grantees Peter Thorne, Ph.D., and Joseph Graziano, Ph.D., were among the global health experts giving keynote talks at the Managing Toxic Risks for Global Health symposium February 20 at Duke University. ...read more
Four years after the addition of a research translation component to the NIEHS Superfund Basic Research Program (SBRP) in 2005, the leaders of the SBRP research translation cores gathered at a workshop on February 11-13 to assess their progress. ....read more
When former Postdoctoral Fellow John Fortune, Ph.D., left NIEHS in 2005, he knew he was taking an important step that would change his career path. ...read more
In December 2008, Jane Schroeder, D.V.M., Ph.D., joined the staff of Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) as its new science editor, providing scientific expertise and oversight for virtually every aspect of the NIEHS journal. ...read more
In 1989 and 1990 when Robert Cook-Deegan, M.D., was a consultant to the director of what was then the NIH National Center for Human Genome Research, James Watson, few people could have predicted how the evolution and democratization of genomics would impact society. ...read more
The talk was for everyone at NIH - and by videocast for people at NIEHS - but the target audience on February 18 was clearly the students when ophthalmologist Eve Higginbotham, M.D., delivered a talk in celebration of Black History Month. ...read more
The NIEHS Spirit Lecture Series, the hallmark event in NIEHS Women's History Month celebrations since 2002, will welcome environmental microbiologist and scientific administrator Rita Colwell, Ph.D., on March 27. ...read more
Inside the Institute
Food was the centerpiece at two recent events at the new NIEHS satellite offices in the Keystone building. ...read more
The NIEHS Diversity Council joined with the RTP Chapter of Blacks In Government (BIG) to sponsor a novel African-American Cultural Celebration in Rodbell Auditorium and the NIEHS Cafeteria February 26 for Black History Month Observance. ...read more
The use of estrogen and hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to treat menopausal symptoms in women has caused confusion in the general public and cardiology research circles. ...read more
In a lecture on February 6, NIEHS grantee Sven-Eric Jordt, Ph.D., discussed the latest developments in his basic research on the mechanisms of transient receptor potential (TRP) channels. ...read more
Researchers at NIEHS and Duke University have discovered a cause of airway irritation and wheezing after exposure to ozone, a common urban air pollutant. ...read more
NIEHS grantee Iain Cartwright, Ph.D., an associate professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, his former student, Jorge Muñiz Ortiz, Ph.D., and two co-authors recently reported a surprising genetic twist regarding arsenic susceptibility in the February 2009 issue of Toxicological Sciences. ...read more
A new study by researchers at NIEHS sheds light on the mechanisms involved in the accumulation of a neurotoxic protein, amyloid-beta42 (AΒ42), which is implicated in Alzheimer's disease (AD) and other age-related neurodegeration. ...read more
On February 18, Sigma Xi hosted a lunchtime talk by NIEHS grantee Heather Patisaul, Ph.D., on her latest findings about the effects on brain and ovarian function of developmental exposure to Bisphenol-A (BPA). ...read more
The March 2009 issue of Environmental Health Perspectives is now available on-line, highlighting issues surrounding regulation of hazardous substances, non-cancer toxicity assessment, mobile phones and cancer, pesticide mixtures, proteosome inhibition by organotins and children's exposure to dust lead. ...read more
The 2008-2009 NIEHS Distinguished Lecture series will welcome its next guest speaker March 10 at 11:00 a.m. in Rodbell Auditorium. Geneticist Mike Levine, Ph.D., will discuss "Transcriptional Precision in the Drosophila Embryo"... ...read more
Veteran grantee Leona Samson, Ph.D., and recent Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) awardee John Hollingsworth, M.D., are scheduled to lecture in March at the Duke University School of Medicine. ...read more
NIEHS grantee Peter Thomas, Ph.D., is scheduled to present a seminar March 26 on "Characteristics of a Putative Steroid Membrane Receptor," as part of the North Carolina State University (NCSU) Department of Biology Seminar Series. ...read more
NIEHS and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announce the release of two linked funding opportunities - the Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Centers (P01) RFA-ES-08-002 and the Formative Centers (P20) RFA-ES-08-004. Applications are due April 30, 2009 and will be reviewed in July by a special emphasis panel convened by the NIEHS Scientific Review Branch. Applications are due April 30, 2009 and will be reviewed in July by a special emphasis panel convened by the NIEHS Scientific Review Branch. ...read more
- Clean Air Extends Life Expectancy
- Variations in Human Gut Microbiome Linked to Obesity
- MicroRNAs Modulate Smoking Damage
- New Treatment Found for Ozone-Caused Wheezing
- Maternal Obesity Increases the Risk of Neonatal Death
- The Involvement of UV Radiation in the Development of Dermatomyositis
- Fibroid Growth Differs Among Black and White Women
- The Role of Activation-Induced Deaminase in Lupus
Calendar of Upcoming Events
- March 9 in Rodbell Auditorium, 10:00 - 11:00 - LMG Fellows-invited Guest Lecture with Roger Woodgate, Ph.D., speaking on "Translesion Synthesis"
- March 10 in Rodbell Auditorium, 11:00 - 12:00 - Distinguished Lecture Seminar Series featuring a lecture on "Transcriptional Precision in the Drosophila Embryo" by Mike Levine, Ph.D.
- March 12 in Rodbell Auditorium, 8:30 - 4:00 - 2009 North Carolina Environmental Stewardship Initiative Members Meeting
- March 12 in Rall D350, 11:00 - 12:00 - Kevin Weinfurt, Ph.D., addressing the topic of "Disclosing conflicts of interest in clinical research: Attitudes of investigators, IRB Members, and research subjects"
- March 12 (offsite event) at Wilson Hall on the NIH Campus in Bethesda, 11:00 - 12:00 - NIH Women's History Month Seminar featuring Sharon Hrynkow, Ph.D., speaking on "Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet" with closing remarks by Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., and live videocast
- March 13 in Rodbell Auditorium, 10:00 - 4:00 - Welcoming Ceremony for NIEHS Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., with distinguished lectures by Grace LeMasters, Ph.D., Jim Riviere, Ph.D., and Jack Keene, Ph.D.
- March 13 - 17 (offsite event) in Washington - American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Annual Meeting
- March 15 - 18 (offsite event) in Baltimore - Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting
- March 23 - 24 in Rodbell Auditorium, 8:00 - 5:00 - Board of Scientific Counselors review of the Laboratory of Pharmacology & Chemistry and the Laboratory of Experimental Pathology
- March 24 (offsite event) in the RTP-EPA Auditorium, 1:30 - 3:00 - Women's History Month Celebration featuring Anne Taylor
- March 26 (offsite event) in 101 David Clark Labs at North Carolina State University, 4:00 - 5:00 - Department of Biology Seminar Series on "Characteristics of A Putative Steroid Membrane Receptor" by Peter Thomas, Ph.D.
- March 27 in Rodbell Auditorium, 10:00 - 11:00 - Spirit Lecture/Frontiers of Environmental Sciences Lecture Series with Rita Colwell, Ph.D., speaking on "Climate, Oceans, Infectious Diseases, and Human Health: The Saga of Cholera"
- March 27 (offsite event) in 147 Nanaline Duke Bldg. at Duke University, 11:00 - 12:00 - Duke Biochemistry Series Lecture with Leona Samson, Ph.D.
- March 30 in Rodbell Auditorium, 10:00 - 11:30 - LMG Fellows-invited Guest Lecture by Daniel Bogenhagen, M.D., on "Mitochondrial Biogenesis and Heredity"
- March 30 (offsite event) Alfred Lerner Hall at Columbia University, 9:00 - 5:00 - Translating Science to Policy: Protecting Children's Environmental Health
- March 31 (offsite event) in 143 Jones Bldg. at Duke University, 4:00 - 5:00 - Duke Department of Immunology Seminar Series with John W. Hollingsworth, M.D., speaking on "Ambient Environmental Exposures and Pulmonary Innate Immunity"
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