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Environmental Factor, January 2014

NIEHS Spotlight

Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D. and Louise Winn, Ph.D.Birnbaum presents plenary at meeting of Canadian toxicology group

NIEHS and NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., added an interesting twist on the famous quote from Paracelsus during her plenary talk Dec. 4 in Ottawa.

Tox21 logoEPA releases chemical screening data and launches challenges

Researchers gained access to more chemical screening data with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency release of new information Dec. 17 on 1,800 chemicals.

NTP logoNTP shares new toxicology approaches with international colleagues Story contains video

Associate Director John Bucher, Ph.D., delivered the keynote lecture at the Karolinska Institutet Nov. 20, on new approaches in toxicology research and testing.

Sara Wylie, Ph.D.Validating civic perspective, grassroots resources for environmental science Story contains video

Research by members of the public can meet the rigors of science and help advance environmental health efforts, according to Sara Wylie, Ph.D., of Northeastern University.

MARBIONC logoNewly dedicated facility to house NIEHS-funded labs Story contains video

Officials at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington cut the ribbon Nov. 18 for a new facility that will serve NIEHS-funded labs on the N.C. coast.

Cindy Lawler, Ph.D.Autism studies build on past investments and guide future research

Cindy Lawler, Ph.D., discusses three new reports on autism illustrating the diverse nature of current research and its influence on future directions.

Heather Volk, Ph.D.New evidence of gene–environment interaction in autism Story contains video

Children possessing a specific genetic risk factor appear more likely to develop autism spectrum disorder when prenatal exposure to air pollution occurs.

Virginia Chaidez, Ph.D.Parents are right: children with autism experience more GI symptoms Story contains video

Children with autism spectrum disorder and developmental delays are far more likely to experience frequent gastrointestinal problems.

Map of SomaliaAutism in Minneapolis higher among Somalis and whites than other groups

Report finds autism more prevalent among Somali and white children in Minneapolis.

Alfonso Latoni, Ph.D.Latoni tapped to head Scientific Review Branch

NIEHS welcomed its new Scientific Review Branch chief Nov. 18, as Alfonso Latoni, Ph.D., joined the leadership of the Division of Extramural Research and Training.

Student demonstrating knowledge of DNAStudents in NIEHS program WOW! supporters with interactive presentations

NIEHS scientists reaped the rewards of teaching and service as they participated in the Citizen Schools WOW! Event Dec. 12 at Lowe’s Grove Middle School in Durham, N.C.

Learning Barge logoDuke brings Superfund research to the Elizabeth River Learning Barge

The end of 2013 marks the first full semester of Duke University Superfund Research Program field work and outreach on the Elizabeth River Project Learning Barge.

Carolyn Mattingly, Ph.DIndustry-academic collaboration streamlines decades of data

Scientists from Pfizer and North Carolina State University culled more than 88,000 studies for information about toxicity for some 1,200 drugs.

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Inside the Institute

Tree with presentsEmployees make the 2013 Giving Tree a success

This year’s Giving Tree allowed 160 area children to have a brighter holiday.

Sugar in soda illustrationNIEHS scientists join other volunteers to teach children about nutrition

Thanks to volunteers from NIEHS and public service groups, six children in a Durham, N.C. program learned important lessons about healthy lifestyle and diet.

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Calendar of Upcoming Events

  • Jan 07, Executive Conference Room 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. — Receptor Mechanisms Discussion Group seminar on “The Role of Estrogen Receptor Signaling in Endometriosis,” by Katherine Burns, Ph.D.
  • Jan 10, Rodbell B 2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. — Exposome Faculty Meeting
  • Jan 13, Rodbell A 9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m. — Keystone Science Lecture Seminar Series presentation on “Uncovering Early Life Exposure to Chemical Mixtures,” by Manish Arora, Ph.D.
  • Jan 17, Rodbell A 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — Laboratory of Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology Seminar Series, featuring David McClay, Ph.D., exploring "A Systems and Cellular Analysis of Primordial Germ Cell Homing to the Gonad"
  • Jan 24, Rodbell Auditorium 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — Distinguished Lecture Series with Joseph DeSimone, Ph.D., “Exploiting the Manufacturing Tools of the Microelectronics Industry to Make Precise Organic Particles for Therpeutics and Vaccines”
  • Jan 30, Rodbell A 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — Seminar featuring Sadis Matalon, Ph.D., exploring “Mechanisms and Modification of Halogen-induced Bronchial Hyperreactivity”

View More Events: NIEHS Public Calendar

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Science Notebook

Papers of the Year microscope logo2013 papers of the year

From the more than 2,800 NIEHS-funded studies published in 2013, leaders of the Institute’s three research divisions selected 30 for special recognition as Papers of the Year.

Lewis Cantley, Ph.D.Lewis Cantley discusses cancer metabolism in Rodbell Lecture

The Dr. Martin Rodbell Lecture Series Seminar Dec. 10 featured Lewis Cantley, Ph.D., discussing the role of phosphoinositide 3-kinase signaling in cancer progression.

Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D. and Hao Tang, Ph.D.Seminar showcases Toxicogenetics Challenge winners

Some 60 scientists gathered Dec. 2 at NIEHS for an informative seminar focusing on the NIEHS–NCATS–UNC DREAM Toxicogenetics Challenge.

Laura Beane Freeman, Ph.D.NTP panel peer reviews substances for potential listing as carcinogens

A panel of experts peer-reviewed the two most recent draft NTP Report on Carcinogens documents, known as monographs, at a public meeting Dec. 12-13 at NIEHS.

John Meeker, Sc.D.Preterm birth linked with maternal phthalate exposure during pregnancy

A new study by Superfund researchers found the women with the highest levels of phthalate exposure during pregnancy had up to five times the odds of preterm birth.

Phoebe Rice, Ph.D.LSB speaker discusses the role of mobile DNA elements in nature

Understanding the significance of mobile DNA elements is important because half of human genome is derived from them, according to Phoebe Rice, Ph.D.

Susan Pinney, Ph.D.Researchers’ work translated into positive results for public health

The NIEHS-funded study of 6- to 8-year-old girls showed that the duration of being breast fed is associated with higher levels of certain polyfluoroalkyl chemicals.

Kathryn Cottingham, Ph.D.New study finds toenails help trace arsenic exposure from foods Story contains video

Diet alone can be a significant source of arsenic exposure regardless of arsenic concentrations in drinking and cooking water, according to a new study.

Courtney Carignan, Ph.DResearchers find elevated flame retardant exposure among U.S. gymnasts

Gymnasts may be ingesting or inhaling dust created by foam blocks that contain hormone-disrupting flame retardant chemicals, according to a new study.

human aprataxinNIEHS study identifies protein involved in DNA damage removal

The discovery may help uncover some of the genetic mishaps that contribute to neurodegenerative diseases, as well as point to new therapies for cancer patients.

Guang Hu, Ph.D.NIEHS research helps unlock one of the secrets of stem cells

A new study by NIEHS researchers helps to explain the molecular basis of self-renewal and differentiation in embryonic stem cells.

Vladimir Vershinin, D.Sc.NTP seminar explores functional ecology

An ongoing lecture series sponsored by NTP made an unexpected turn into animal ecology Dec. 10 with a talk at NIEHS by zoologist Vladimir Vershinin, D.Sc.

EHP logoThis month in EHP

The January issue of Environmental Health Perspectives highlights the role of environmental factors in myopia and the unique qualities of wind turbine noise.

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Extramural Research

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Intramural Research

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