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Environmental Factor, April 2013

NIEHS Spotlight

White House LogoBirnbaum speaks at White House summit

NIEHS and NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., joined environmental leaders March 20 for the 2nd Annual White House Women and the Environment Summit.

Lydia Villa-Komaroff, Ph.D. 2013 Spirit Lecture features Villa-Komaroff Story contains video

The 12th annual Spirit Lecture, “A Life in Science: From Cloning to Cell Therapies,” was presented March 22 by cell biologist Lydia Villa-Komaroff, Ph.D.

Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D.In EHP editorial, Birnbaum calls new report mandatory reading

In an editorial in the April issue of EHP, NIEHS and NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., applauds a new international report on endocrine disrupting compounds.

Tap BuiStrengthening research and community partnerships in the Gulf

More than 80 researchers and community partners gathered for the NIEHS Deepwater Horizon Research Consortia stakeholder meeting in New Orleans Feb. 22-23.

U.S. Senate LogoBalbus discusses health impacts of climate change at Senate briefing Story contains video

The session brought together four climate change experts, including NIEHS Senior Advisor for Public Health John Balbus, M.D., Feb. 13 in Washington, D.C.

Logo for THE (Trade, Health, Environment) Impact ProjectBalancing economic development with air pollution curbs Story contains video

A new NIEHS-funded study, published in Environmental Justice, chronicles development and progress of the Trade, Health, Environment Impact Project.

Logo for Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH)Panel highlights climate change science that can improve global health

NIEHS convened a plenary panel on infectious and non-communicable disease March 16 at a conference of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health.

Pamela LovinOutreach workshop keeps teachers engaged Story contains video

The NIEHS Rodbell Auditorium was abuzz with activity and laughter March 11 as 21 science teachers and educators joined in the Rx for Science Literacy workshop.

Tammy Collins, Ph.D.Family-friendly pilot project offers options for IRTA trainees

About half of the trainees working at NIEHS in established research programs could potentially qualify for an NIH pilot program known as Keep the Thread.

SOT LogoSmaller presence at SOT, but big enthusiasm for science

Although the NIEHS and NTP presence at this year’s Society of Toxicology meeting was much smaller than usual, enthusiasm for science was still in abundance.

Quiana Childress Former NIEHS research fellow enters medical school Story contains video

Against incredible odds, former NIEHS research fellow Quiana Childress worked her way through college and is now about to enter Ross University School of Medicine.

Career Fair AttendeesCareer fair to focus on the dynamic nature of biomedical careers

The 16th annual NIEHS career fair will be held April 26 at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Research Triangle Park, N.C., campus.

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Calendar of Upcoming Events

  • Apr 05, Rodbell C 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — Epidemiology Branch hosted presentation on “GWAS [Genome-Wide Association Studies] of Lung Cancer in Chinese: Current Findings and Future Strategies” by Hongbing Shen, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Apr 09, Rodbell Auditorium 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — Distinguished Lecture Series, featuring Michael Cahalan, Ph.D., (  discussing “Cracking CRAC — The Calcium Release-Activated Calcium Channel of the Immune System”
  • Apr 11–12, Rodbell Auditorium 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. — "NIEHS Symposium on Unlocking the Promise of Stem Cells"
  • Apr 12, Rall D-450 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — Epidemiology Branch hosted presentation on “Active Smoking and Breast Cancer Risk: An Update from the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study II Cohort and Meta-Analysis,” by Mia Gaudet, Ph.D.
  • Apr 12 (Offsite event), Levine Science Research Center, Room A247, at Duke University 12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m. — Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health Program Seminar Series with Ivan Rusyn, M.D., Ph.D., presenting “Bridging Computational Modeling and Wet-Bench Toxicology: Interdisciplinary Approach to Move the Field Forward”
  • Apr 17 (Offsite event), Levine Science Research Center, Room A247, at Duke University 12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m. — Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health Program Seminar Series with Peter Thomas, Ph.D., topic TBA
  • Apr 19, Rodbell A 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — Laboratory of Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology Seminar Series presentation on "ERalpha [Estrogen Receptor alpha] and Metabolic Disease," by Andrea Hevener, Ph.D.
  • Apr 26 (Offsite event), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Research Triangle Park, N.C. 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. — 16th Annual NIEHS Biomedical Career Fair
  • Apr 30, Rodbell Auditorium 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — Distinguished Lecture Series, featuring Katsuhiko Mikoshiba, M.D., Ph.D., (  exploring “Role of IP3 [Inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate] Receptor Signaling in Development, Cell Function, and Diseases”

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Science Notebook

Julie Parsonnet, M.D.Falk lecture highlights the importance of microbes in chronic disease

Infectious disease epidemiologist Julie Parsonnet, M.D., discussed her work as the featured speaker for the 2013 Hans L. Falk Memorial Lecture March 19.

Sri Nadadur, Ph.D.Nano consortium hits stride in middle age

Now in its third year, the consortium’s eight centers gathered once more at NIEHS Feb. 25-26 for an annual review of its progress toward its ambitious goals.

Stephen Friend, M.D., Ph.D.Friend promotes a revolution in biomedical research Story contains video

Researchers at NIEHS and guests from nearby institutions had an opportunity March 1 to hear from scientist and visionary Stephen Friend, M.D., Ph.D.

Gloria Jahnke, D.V.MFirst two substances peer reviewed for listing in new Report on Carcinogens

A panel of experts concurred with the preliminary decision by NTP to list 1-bromopropane and cumene as reasonably anticipated human carcinogens.

Darryl Zeldin, M.D.Study uncovers details of allergic response in asthma patients Story contains slideshow

According to NIEHS scientists, an enzyme normally produced in the body to help fight inflammation, also suppresses allergic responses in asthma patients.

Chiamvimonvat and HammockPotential new therapy for stopping cardiac fibrosis Story contains video

A unique therapy for preventing or reducing harmful cardiac scar tissue may result from a new finding by NIEHS-supported researchers at the UC Davis.

Brown University LogoBrown SRP scientists partner with ATSDR to discuss nano design

Brown University Superfund Research Program grantees spent Feb. 27 with colleagues at the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry in Atlanta.

Ilona Jaspers, Ph.D.UNC studies link viral infection response to smoking and nutrition

The effects appear to result from oxidant-driven gene expression changes that directly inhibit antiviral pathways in respiratory epithelium infected with flu virus.

Julius Thigpen, Ph.D.Researchers offer recommendations for BPA study design

A new study finds that low-dose BPA studies do not have consistent results and argues that some of the discrepancies are likely due to basic rodent care issues.

Darlene Dixon, D.V.M., Ph.D.NTP hosts review of endocrine disruptor screening

To help advance the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program NTP and NIEHS hosted a Society of Toxicologic Pathology meeting March 21 on pathology endpoints.

Russell Thomas, Ph.D.Moving toward a new framework for chemical risk assessment

Grantee Russell Thomas, Ph.D., proposed a practical, data-driven framework that can provide a near-term solution during a presentation March 15 at NIEHS.

EHP logoThis month in EHP

This month’s feature stories in Environmental Health Perspectives explore questions surrounding human risk for Lyme disease and the safety of food additives.

James Putney, Ph.D.Distinguished Lecture Series talks to explore calcium signaling

Lead researcher James Putney, Ph.D., will host talks in April by two leaders in the field of calcium signaling, Mike Cahalan Ph.D., and Katsuhiko Mikoshiba, M.D., Ph.D.

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Extramural Research

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Intramural Research

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