In a message to employees Dec. 2, NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., announced the appointment of Richard Woychik, Ph.D., as the Institute's deputy director.
NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., reached another milestone in her quest to build a quality leadership team with the appointment of Gwen Collman, Ph.D.
Predictive toxicology was the focus of the NTP Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC) meeting Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at NIEHS.
As a follow up to the BSC review of his branch, chief Ray Tice, Ph.D., responded to several questions about Tox21 and its future directions.
NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., was the keynote speaker at a scientific workshop at the New York Academy of Medicine Dec. 8.
NIEHS Senior Advisor for Public Health John Balbus, M.D., highlighted new collaborative efforts to address climate change and public health.
The annual NIEHS Public Interest Partners Meeting Dec. 9 in Washington, D.C., featured open discussions with NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D.
In December, the CRU enrolled its 500th study participant and experienced its busiest week to date, with 42 people volunteering to take part in a clinical study.
Now available for public review, the new PEPH Evaluation Metrics Manual is designed to help grantees identify and measure their partnership work.
The Gulf oil spill may be largely out of the headlines these days, but NIEHS continues its efforts to better understand the impact on the health of the people of the region.
NIEHS women scientists joined their colleagues for a special behindthe- scenes tour of the Morehead Planetarium at UNC-CH on Nov. 17.
WETP Director Chip Hughes joined top-level policy and practice leaders Dec. 15 in Washington, D.C. for an historic collaboration on environmental justice issues.
The HHS Healthy People initiative looks to its third decade of striving for a society in which all people live longer, healthier lives.
The University of Michigan announced the appointment of NIEHS grantee and former council member Martin Philbert, Ph.D., as dean of the School of Public Health.
Inside the Institute
NIEHS recognized employees' accomplishments at the 2010 NIEHS Awards Ceremony in Rodbell Auditorium Dec. 16, followed by the annual International Day celebration.
2010 was a banner year for NIEHS participation in the Combined Federal Campaign, with a record total of $106,000 pledged.
NIEHS Papers of the Year
Of the 2,900 papers published by NIEHS-supported researchers in 2010, 21 publications were chosen as Papers of the Year:
- Prenatal exposure to phthalates is associated with reduced masculine behavior in boys
- Obesity is a tumor promoter
- Fetal and early life exposures to BPA may increase the risk of cancer
- Mother's exposure to urban air pollutants affects children's cognitive abilities
- Researchers map the first human epigenome
- Living, breathing lung-on-a-chip
- Flame retardants linked to reduced human fertility
- Arsenic-related mortality in Bangladesh
- Genetic studies identify DNA sequences associated with lung function
- Acetaminophen-induced transcriptional changes predict liver injury
- Early-life exposures are linked to development of uterine fibroids
- Stem cell survival advantage toward arsenic drives malignant transformation
- Cholesterol trafficking linked to inflammatory response
- Genome instability due to ribonucleotide incorporation into DNA
- Gender differences in glucocorticoid-mediated inflammation
- Paused Pol II regulates gene activity
- Effects of low dose atrazine on pubertal timing and prostate development of male rats
- Genetic and epigenetic mechanisms in liver tumors of oxazepam-exposed mice
- Useful immunohistochemical markers of tumor differentiation
- Arsenic, stem cells and the developmental basis of adult cancer
- Cancer in experimental animals exposed to arsenic and arsenic compounds
NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., added yet another laurel to her long list of honors with her keynote talk at the 13th James L. Whittenberger Symposium Dec. 17.
Neurobiologist Gary Aston-Jones, Ph.D., discussed the role of orexin neurons in reward-seeking behavior and addiction during his Distinguished Lecture Nov. 23.
Yale University School of Medicine researcher Haifan Lin, Ph.D., visited NIEHS recently to talk about exciting new discoveries he has made with stem cells.
Environmental factors are likely among several contributors to the rapid rise in new cases of autism, according to guest lecturer Irva Hertz-Picciotto, Ph.D.
A presentation by guest lecturer Robert Crouch, Ph.D. provided insight into an RNA cleaving enzyme, whose production he playfully called "the purpose in life."
A new NIEHS-funded paper offers insight into how organic pollutants impact the delivery of therapeutic drugs to the central nervous system.
Visiting Fellow Saurabh Chatterjee, Ph.D., was recognized at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine.
The old adage about an apple a day keeping the doctor away picked up a Superfund twist during a half-day workshop Dec. 2 at the University of Kentucky.
A collaborative effort in the U.S., including work by NIEHS Senior Medical Adviser Aubrey Miller, M.D., may be able to reduce exposure to a cancer-causing mineral.
A new NIEHS-funded analysis is sending a wake-up call on the emerging health concerns posed by electronic waste disposal practices worldwide.
A new exploratory study funded in part by NIEHS finds that deficits in the ability to produce cellular energy are significantly more common in children with autism.
A new funding opportunity announcement calls for projects to identify biomarkers for early detection of environmentally induced mitochondrial dysfunction.
NTP scientist Warren Casey, Ph.D., participated in an expert meeting to discuss in vitro methods for detecting substances that might interfere with normal hormone function.
NIEHS has endorsed two new alternative safety-testing methods to determine if chemicals and products may cause allergic skin reactions.
NTP scientist William Stokes, D.V.M., traveled to Germany to share recommendations for reducing, refining, and eventually replacing animal use for testing vaccines.
With a vivid cover photo of a melting iceberg, the January issue of Environmental Health Perspectives revisits climate change.
The NIEHS 2010-2011 Distinguished Lecture Series returns to the fascinating world of neuroscience with its next talk Jan. 11 by neurobiologist Susan Amara, Ph.D.
- BPA exposure and oocyte quality
- Freeway proximity and autism
- A simple sensor for explosive chemicals
- Blood DNA methylation related to heart disease and stroke
- Paused Pol II regulates gene activity
- Estrogen receptor α has cell specific roles in the endometrium
- Involvement of human CYP epoxygenases in hypertension and kidney damage
- DNA polymerase delta replicates on lagging strand
Calendar of Upcoming Events
- January 4 (Offsite Event), in 103 Bryan Research Building on the campus of Duke University - Ion Channel Seminar Series with David Armstrong, Ph.D., presenting "Phosphorylopathies: Losing Control of Ion Channel Phosphorylation"
- January 10, in Rodbell Auditorium, 12:00-1:30 p.m. - Partnerships for Environmental Public Health - Measuring Partnership Activities: Release of the Evaluation Metrics Manual
- January 11, in Rodbell Auditorium, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - Distinguished Lecture with Susan Amara, Ph.D., speaking on "The Ins and Outs of Neurotransmitter Transporters"
- January 11-13 (Offsite Event), at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley - NTP Workshop: Role of Environmental Chemicals in the Development of Diabetes and Obesity
- January 13, in Rall D450, 10:00-11:00 a.m. - Laboratory of Molecular Carcinogenesis Seminar Series with Sharon Dent, Ph.D., presenting "The Secret Lives of Histone Modifying Enzymes"
- January 19, in Rodbell Auditorium, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - Martin Luther King Jr. Day Observance featuring a presentation by North Carolina Rep. Mickey Michaux
- January 24, in Rodbell Auditorium, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - Laboratory of Molecular Genetics Fellows Invited Guest Lecture with Yikang Rong, Ph.D., topic TBA
- January 25, online (https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/774689450), 1:00-2:00 p.m. - Partnerships for Environmental Public Health - Overview of the Evaluation Metrics Manual (register (https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/774689450))
- January 26, in Rodbell Auditorium, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. - NTP Technical Reports and Special Emphasis Panels Meeting
- February 1 , in Rodbell Auditorium, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - NIEHS Centers for Disease Investigation through Specialized Clinically-Oriented Ventures in Environmental Research (DISCOVER) Conference: Presentations on Research Approach and Early Findings
- February 1 (Offsite Event), in Room 147, Nanaline Duke Building on the campus of Duke University, 12:30-1:30 p.m. - Tuesday Seminar Series with Mike Resnick, Ph.D., topic TBA
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