Environmental Factor, January 2010, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
The National Toxicology Program (NTP) is "working to do more in terms of developing toxicology testing across the Federal government," declared NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., as she opened a two-day meeting before the NTP Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC) at NIEHS December 9-10. ...read more
NIEHS Senior Investigator Allen Wilcox, M.D., Ph.D., is the recipient of the 2009 Greg Alexander Award for Advancing Knowledge - one of the highest honors bestowed each year by the Coalition for Excellence in Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Epidemiology. ...read more
The U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works convened a hearing on Dec. 2 to consider reform of the federal Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). ...read more
As high-profile talks by politicians and demonstrations in the streets took center stage at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) at the Bella Center in Copenhagen Dec. 7-18, hundreds of scientists, including Allen Dearry, Ph.D. of the NIEHS Office of the Director, shared their data and projections in meetings and seminars held outside the range of the spotlights and cameras. ...read more
NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., received notification in December of her election as a fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini headquartered in Carpi, Italy. ...read more
As part of a comprehensive strategic planning effort aimed at gathering input for future program direction, the Superfund Research Program (SRP) organized a series of informational meetings, Web-based seminars, and a Web-based questionnaire. ...read more
With talks and meetings scheduled in Korea and Japan, NICEATM Director Rear Admiral William Stokes, D.V.M., faced a busy schedule when he traveled in Asia during November. ...read more
NIEHS recently announced the appointment of John Balbus, M.D., as the Institute's senior advisor for public health. Assigned to the NIEHS Bethesda office, ...read more
During the final weeks of 2009, NIEHS announced the appointments of Deputy Ethics Counselor Bruce Androphy, J.D., and Administrative Management Branch Chief Matt Burr to senior posts at the Institute.
During an invited lecture on Dec. 15 at NIEHS, Paul Jung, M.D., discussed his experience as a public health investigator for the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce and outlined public health aspects of the congressional oversight process. ...read more
NIEHS Postdoctoral Fellow Coralie Zegre-Cannon, D.V.M., recently received first-place honors at the 60th annual American Association of Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) National Meeting held Nov. 8-12 in Denver. ...read more
Former NIEHS investigator and environmental attorney Carol Ann Masters Schiller, Ph.D., J.D., D.A.B.T., died Dec. 5 in Raleigh at age 68, following a seven-year battle with the rare neurological disease progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) ...read more
As part of their Sister Cities sponsored visit to Durham, a delegation of librarians from Kostroma, Russia spent several hours on Nov. 20 at the NIEHS Library with Library and Information Services Branch Chief Dav Robertson and his colleagues. ...read more
NIEHS began accepting applications for the director of its Division of Extramural Research and Training (DERT) on Dec. 7, with a deadline of Feb. 27, 2010.
Inside the Institute
By the time organizers completed the accounting in early December, the 2009 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) at NIEHS exceeded its goal by more than $20,000, with a total of $91,392 in pledges. Following its kick off on Sept. 28, the campaign continued through Nov. 20. ...read more
NIEHS employees, friends, and family turned out in force on Dec. 17 in Rodbell Auditorium to watch as NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., presented Director's Awards to employees who made meritorious contributions to the NIEHS mission in 2009. ...read more
NIEHS employees enjoyed an opportunity during the first week of December to look at their writing from the distinctive perspective of veteran communications consultant Ginny Redish, Ph.D. ...read more
A group of the Institute's youngest scientists accepted an invitation to leave their pipettes behind on December 11 and enjoy a holiday party sponsored by the NIEHS Trainee Assembly (NTA) and the Office of Fellows Career ...read more
Each year scientists from the NIEHS Division of Intramural Research (DIR) set aside one of the distinguished guest lectureships to honor their first Scientific Director Hans L. Falk, Ph.D. ...read more
On Dec. 1, NIEHS welcomed grantee Julia Brody, Ph.D. as the latest speaker in the Keystone Science Lecture Series sponsored by the NIEHS Division of Extramural Research and Training (DERT). ...read more
On Dec. 4, Alfred Franzblau, M.D., discussed the effect of chronic low-level elemental mercury (Hg) exposure on dental professionals. In his study, researchers measured urine mercury concentrations and nerve function in 2,974 volunteers and found a very slight, but significant deleterious effect on sensory nerves.
A new NIH-funded study involving data from more than 20,000 individuals has uncovered several DNA sequences linked to impaired pulmonary function. ...read more
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers report that study participants with two copies of a common gene variant showed an increased risk of Parkinson's disease (PD) when exposed to pesticides used in agriculture. ...read more
NIEHS scientists, federal partners, representatives from industry, and members of the academic community gathered in Chapel Hill, NC, Dec. 16-17 to discuss the state of the science on asbestos and develop recommendations for future work. ...read more
The January issue of Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) is sure to catch the attention of sleep-challenged readers with its cover stories on light exposure, circadian rhythm, and sleep - "What's in a Color? The Unique Human Health Effects of Blue Light" and "Lose Sleep, Gain Weight: Another Piece of the Obesity Puzzle." ...read more
The NIEHS 2009-2010 Distinguished Lecture Series will feature a talk January 19 by Dan Littman, M.D., Ph.D., on the "Role of Environmental and Intrinsic Factors in the Differentiation of Inflammatory T Cells." ...read more
- Researchers Map the First Human Epigenome
- Metal and Diesel Exhaust Linked to Respiratory Symptoms in Children
- Spatial Epidemiology of Abused Drugs
- Traffic and Childhood Asthma
- Initiation of Repair of Random DNA Double Strand Breaks Requires RAD50
- New Pathway for Viral Regulation of the Cell Cycle Through TGF-β
- Methoxyacetic Acid Disrupts Endogenous Estrogen Receptor Signaling
- Structural Studies Reveal Specificity of mRNA Regulatory Proteins
Calendar of Upcoming Events
- January 5, in Rall D350, 11:00-12:00 - Biostatistics Branch Seminar on "A Computational Study of Chromosome Structure and Genome Instability," by Ankit Malhotra, Ph.D.
- January 5, in Keystone 1003AB, 2:00-3:30 - Superfund Research Program Strategic Planning Meeting
- January 7, in Rall D450, 10:00-11:00 - Laboratory of Molecular Carcinogenesis Seminar Series featuring Xiaoling Li, Ph.D., addressing "SIRT1 and Metabolic Diseases"
- January 11, in Rodbell Auditorium, 11:00-12:00 - Laboratory of Molecular Genetics Fellows Invited Guest Lecture by James Lupski, M.D., Ph.D., speaking on "Genomic Disorders: Mechanisms and Assays for Copy Number Variations that Cause Human Disease"
- January 14, in Keystone 1003 AB, 9:00-10:00 - Keystone Science Lecture Seminar Series on "Modeling Human Population-Level Genetic Variation to Better Predict Environmental Risk and Disease Susceptibility," with David Threadgill, Ph.D.
- January 19, in Rodbell Auditorium, 11:00-12:00 - Distinguished Lecture by Dan Littman, M.D., Ph.D., on "Role of Environmental and Intrinsic Factors in the Differentiation of Inflammatory T Cells"
- January 21, in Rall D450, 10:00-11:00 - Laboratory of Molecular Carcinogenesis Seminar Series with Susan Fischer, Ph.D., presenting "Cox-2 Driven Pancreatitis and Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma"
- January 25-27 (Offsite Event), at the New Orleans Marriott Hotel, 8:00-5:00 - 2010 Conference on Environmental Justice, Air Quality, Goods Movement, and Green Jobs: Evolution and Innovation; and the Worker Education and Training Program Awardee Meeting
- January 27, in Rall F193, 11:00-12:00 - Laboratory of Neurobiology Seminar Series presentation on "Illuminating the Epigenome Landscape by Deep Sequencing," by Yuan Gao, Ph.D.
- January 31 (Deadline) - 11:59 p.m. (Spain's local time) - Submission of abstracts for the 12th International Congress of Toxicology (http://gestion.pacifico-meetings.com/www/iutox2010/index.html) in Barcelona, Spain, July 19-23, sponsored by the Spanish Association of Toxicology (AETOX) and EUROTOX in the name of the International Union of Toxicology (IUTOX)
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