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Birnbaum Speaks at Milwaukee Town HallBirnbaum Speaks at Milwaukee Town Hall

As the crowning event of a visit to Milwaukee, NIEHS and National Toxicology Program Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., spoke October 1 at the latest NIEHS Town Hall Meeting. The event drew a capacity crowd to the Milwaukee Public Library's Centennial Hall. ...read more

Trainees Turn Out in Record Number for National Postdoc Appreciation DayTrainees Turn Out in Record Number for National Postdoc Appreciation Day

As part of the NIEHS Trainee Assembly (NTA) fall General Meeting on September 24, NTA and the NIEHS Office of the Scientific Director celebrated the first annual National Postdoc Appreciation Day with snacks, fellowship and prizes. ...read more

Fellows and Investigators Showcased at Annual NIH Research FestivalFellows and Investigators Showcased at Annual NIH Research Festival

When NIH held its week-long annual Research Festival October 6-9, seven postdoctoral fellows and two investigators from NIEHS were on hand in Bethesda to celebrate the accomplishments of NIH scientists. ...read more

First Annual Meeting of the NIEHS Centers for Neurodegeneration ScienceFirst Annual Meeting of the NIEHS Centers for Neurodegeneration Science

The NIEHS Centers for Neurodegeneration Science (CNS) - formerly The Collaborative Centers for Parkinson's Disease Environmental Disease Research (CCPDER) - held the program's first annual meeting on October 8 and 9 at NIEHS. ...read more

Shaughnessy Represents NIEHS at Biotech ConferenceShaughnessy Represents NIEHS at Biotech Conference

NIEHS Health Science Administrator Dan Shaughnessy, Ph.D., served as the NIEHS/NIH representative at the Eighth Annual Charlotte Biotechnology Conference, held October 8 at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC). ...read more

Harry Gives Special Guest Lecture at Stereology WorkshopHarry Gives Special Guest Lecture at Stereology Workshop

NIEHS Neurotoxicology Group Principal Investigator Jean Harry, Ph.D., delivered the special guest lecture at the 15th Annual Fall Stereology Workshop, "Applications of Unbiased Stereology To Neural Systems" - held October 14-16 in Chicago as a preconference event of the 38th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neurosciences. ...read more

Sister Study Exceeds Recruitment Goal: Now the Real Work BeginsSister Study Exceeds Recruitment Goal: Now the Real Work Begins

NIEHS has many reasons to celebrate this October as it recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The NIEHS Sister Study began recruiting women for this landmark study during Breast Cancer Awareness month in October 2004 and this October has reached a milestone. ...read more

WETP Grantees Look at Global Issues in Worker SafetyWETP Grantees Look at Global Issues in Worker Safety

At their annual fall workshop last month, NIEHS Worker Education and Training Program (WETP) grantees were treated to a forum on emerging developments in global health and safety that promise to have a major impact on worker training. ...read more

NIEHS Center Intern Recognized by EPA HeadNIEHS Center Intern Recognized by EPA Head

Fifteen-year-old NIEHS-supported center intern Otana Jakpor enjoyed the latest boost in her burgeoning career in the environmental health sciences on September 30 when she received special recognition from Lisa Jackson, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), during Jackson's visit to Los Angeles. ...read more

Superfund Announces Wetterhahm Award WinnerSuperfund Announces Wetterhahn Award Winner

The NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) announced that Kathleen Radloff, a doctoral student at Columbia University, is the twelfth recipient of the Karen Wetterhahn Memorial Award. Radloff will be presented with the award at the SRP Annual Meeting in New York where she will deliver a keynote address highlighting her research ...read more

NIEHS Center Director Honored by Oregon StateNIEHS Center Director Honored by Oregon State

On September 23 in Corvalis, Ore., Oregon State University (OSU) recognized the achievements of NIEHS grantee David Williams, Ph.D., with its Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award - the highest award the university presents to members of its faculty. ...read more

WETP Grantee To Be Nominated for FEMA PostWETP Grantee To Be Nominated for FEMA Post

On October 9, President Barack Obama announced his intention to make several high-level nominations, releasing a list that includes NIEHS Worker Education and Training Program (WETP) grantee Elizabeth M. Harman. ...read more

Editorial Recognizes NIEHS-Funded ResearchEditorial Recognizes NIEHS-Funded Research

A University of Southern California (USC) study on prenatal tobacco smoke (PTS) exposure and DNA methylation partially funded by NIEHS has been commended for the quality of the research. ...read more

Kim Receives Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program AwardKim Receives Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program Award

Sangmi Kim, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in the Chronic Disease Epidemiology Group, received a Postdoctoral Fellowship Award from the Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) of the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program for 2009 on October 7. ...read more

NIEHS-Funded Training for HazMat Emergency Response in American SamoaNIEHS-Funded Training for HazMat Emergency Response in American Samoa

In June 2009, University of California, Davis Extension (UCDE) instructors taught three health and safety courses for handling hazardous materials and emergency response in American Samoa on the main island of Tutuila. ...read more

Call for Nominations to the Interagency Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Coordinating Committee

In the October 16 Federal Register, NIEHS issued a request for the nomination of voting members to serve on the NIH/NIEHS Interagency Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Coordinating Committee (IBCERCC). ...read more

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Inside the Institute

Presentation Addresses Obesity as a DisabilityPresentation Addresses Obesity as a Disability

The NIEHS Disability Advocacy Committee (DAC) began its observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month on September 30 with a presentation on "Obesity, Mortality and Quality of Care: Implications for Disability." ...read more

Speaker Explores the Secret History of ColumbusSpeaker Explores the Secret History of Columbus

During its latest Hispanic Heritage Celebration on October 6, the NIEHS Diversity Council offered employees and contractors a novel perspective on explorer Christopher Columbus with a lecture by historian Manuel Rosa. ...read more

Motivational Speaker Wows Disability Event AudienceMotivational Speaker Wows Disability Event Audience

As one of its featured presentations in observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, on October 14 the NIEHS Disability Advocacy Committee (DAC) featured the multi-talented motivational speaker and mentor Tawana Williams. ...read more

DERT Celebrates the Completion of ARRA WorkDERT Celebrates the Completion of ARRA Work

Employees in the NIEHS Division of Extramural Research and Training (DERT) do an exceptional job of funding and managing environmental health sciences research grants to investigators throughout the country. ...read more

CFC Nears Goal as Campaign ContinuesCombined Federal Campaign (CFC) Nears Goal as Campaign Continues

By the end of the day on October 30, NIEHS employees had pledged nearly $60,000 or 85 percent of the campaign's 2009 goal of $70,000, and CFC organizers were confident NIEHS would reach or exceed the goal as the campaign continues through November 20. ...read more

Science Notebook

GEMS Holds 27th Annual Fall MeetingGEMS Holds 27th Annual Fall Meeting

The Genetics and Environmental Mutagenesis Society (GEMS) celebrated the anniversary of its annual meeting series October 5 at the William and Ida Friday Center on "Dissecting Genome Structure, Genetic Traits and the Basis for Complex Diseases." ...read more

Researchers Find Link Between Cholesterol and AsthmaResearchers Find Link Between Cholesterol and Asthma

High cholesterol levels have been linked to a variety of illnesses such as heart attack, stroke and diabetes, but recent research published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology suggests that cholesterol may also play a role in asthma. ...read more

Experts Review Revisions to Local Lymph Node Assay MethodExperts Review Revisions to Local Lymph Node Assay Method

On October 20-22, scientists from NIEHS, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) participated in an international expert consultation to evaluate modifications of the murine local lymph node assay (LLNA) ...read more

Nobel Winner Speaks at RNA Society MeetingNobel Winner Speaks at RNA Society Meeting

Sponsored in part by NIEHS, the "Symposium on RNA Biology VIII: RNA Tool and Target" was held on October 16 and 17 at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center in the RTP. ...read more

Oceans Center Study Offers Caveat for BeachgoersOceans Center Study Offers Caveat for Beachgoers

By combining solid research and relationship building, the National Science Foundation (NSF)-NIEHS Center for Oceans and Human Health (COHH) at the University of Miami and its collaborators are taking their science to the people on the beaches of America - and highlighting an underappreciated human source of exposure to bacteria, including the potentially deadly methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) ...read more

Superfund Study Links PCE and Birth DefectsSuperfund Study Links PCE and Birth Defects

Prenatal exposure to a chemical solvent can put babies at increased risk for birth defects, according to an NIEHS-funded study published in the September 2009 issue of Environmental Health. ...read more

SNPs and Dog Ownership Associated with Eczema StatusSNPs and Dog Ownership Associated with Eczema Status

New findings by NIEHS-funded researchers at the University of Cincinnati (UC) report genetic and environmental risk and protective factors involved in the development of eczema in children - an atopic condition that is considered the result of complex interactions between genetic susceptibility and skinbarrier aberrations. ...read more

NC State Professor Discusses Nanoparticle ToxicityNC State Professor Discusses Nanoparticle Toxicity

NIEHS grantee James Bonner, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology at North Carolina State University, gave a seminar at NIEHS on October 15 outlining some of his latest findings on engineered nanoparticles. ...read more

Cumulative Lead Exposure Linked to Death from CVDCumulative Lead Exposure Linked to Death from CVD

A collaborative study that included three NIEHS grantees - Marc G. Weisskopf, Ph.D., Sc.D., Joel Schwartz, Ph.D., and Howard Hu, M.D., Sc.D. - underscores the cumulative effects of exposure to lead and is the first study to investigate the association between mortality and lead levels in bone. ...read more

Artificial Protein Can Direct Alternative Splicing of GenesArtificial Protein Can Direct Alternative Splicing of Genes

What started out as a very basic research project looking at a fly protein, has now morphed into a plausible method that may help researchers better study and manipulate disease-associated gene activity. ...read more

Prenatal Exposure Can Influence Gene Regulation and Later-Life EventsPrenatal Exposure Can Influence Gene Regulation and Later-Life Events

On October 14, Rebecca Fry, Ph.D., of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), presented the second in a series of talks sponsored by the NIEHS Division of Extramural Research and Training (DERT). ...read more

This Month in EHPThis Month in EHP

This month, Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) considers so-called "beneficial uses" of the more than 131 million tons of coal combustion waste (CCW) produced each year in the U.S. The focus article, "Trash or Treasure? Putting Coal Combustion Waste to Work," investigates whether using CCW in construction brings with it a potential for toxic leaching from building materials. ...read more

Upcoming Distinguished Lecturer Gail MandelUpcoming Distinguished Lecturer Gail Mandel

The 2009-2010 NIEHS Distinguished Lecture series continues this month with a November 12 talk by Gail Mandel, Ph.D., on "Repression Mechanisms and Neuronal Phenotype." ...read more

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Extramural Research

Extramural Update

NIH received $10 billion under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA). Of that NIEHS received $168 million for environmental health research grants and $19.4 million for the Superfund program, to be awarded over fiscal years 2009 and 2010. In fiscal year 2009, the NIEHS funded 325 grants, allocating approximately $133 million and $27 million respectively for awards and supplements. ...read more

Extramural Papers of the Month

Intramural Research

Intramural Papers of the Month

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Calendar of Upcoming Events

  • November 2-4 (Offsite Event), at the Hilton Research Triangle Park, 8:30-5:00 - National Toxicology Program Report on Carcinogens Expert Panel Meeting on Formaldehyde
  • November 3-4 (Offsite Event), at Columbia University, New York, 8:30-5:00 - Superfund Research Program Annual Meeting
  • November 3-6 (Offsite Event), at the Twin City Quarter in Winston-Salem, N.C. - "Faces of a Healthy Future: National Conference to End Health Disparities II" (http://www.ceehd.com/index.php?option=com_events&task=view_detail&agid=4&year=2009&month=11&day=3&Itemid=1) Exit NIEHS
  • November 5, in Rodbell Auditorium, 8:00-5:00 - NIEHS 2009 Science Day
  • November 7-11 (Offsite Event), at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia - American Public Health Association 137th Annual Meeting & Exposition
  • November 10, in Keystone 1003AB, 10:00-11:00 - DERT Keystone Seminar with Patty Opresko, Ph.D., topic TBA
  • November 12, in Rodbell Auditorium, 11:00-12:00 - Distinguished Lecture featuring Gail Mandel, Ph.D., speaking on "Repression Mechanisms and Neuronal Phenotype"
  • November 16, in Rodbell Auditorium, 10:00-11:00 - Seminar featuring Brian Strahl, Ph.D., speaking on "Regulation and Function of Histone-Modifying Enzymes in Transcription"
  • November 18-20 (Offsite Event), in San Francisco - Annual Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Centers Meeting with a November 18 Town Hall Meeting featuring Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D.
  • November 19-20 (Offsite Event), in Sausalito - Sixth Annual Early Environmental Exposures Meeting, with keynote address by Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D.
  • November 20-22 (Offsite Event), at the Perth Exhibition Centre, Perth, Australia - 13th InternationalPacific Basin Consortium for Environment and Health Conference: Environmental Exposures in the Era of Climate Change (http://www.pacificbasin.org/2009ConferenceHome.html)Exit NIEHS

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