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Environmental Factor, March 2014

NIEHS Spotlight

Maria Neira, M.D.World Health Organization and NIEHS launch new collaboration

On Feb. 20, Maria Neira, M.D., helped launch the NIEHS-WHO partnership for promoting public health — in the Americas and worldwide.

2014 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science ConferenceBirnbaum highlights human health effects at Gulf oil spill conference

NIEHS participants at Gulf conference review public health findings to date and discuss improving preparedness for future events.

Gwen Collman, Ph.D.New approaches shape latest council meeting

Following up on changes suggested last September, the council meeting Feb. 19-20 provided more time for council discussion and input to NIEHS planning.

Linda Birnbaum at BrunelBirnbaum discusses science and funding at talks in UK

NIEHS and NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., was the featured speaker Feb. 12 at the Brunel University Institute for the Environment Public Lecture in London.

Crystal deGregory, Ph.D.NIEHS celebrates African American History Month

On Feb. 7, Crystal deGregory, Ph.D., engaged NIEHS with fascinating stories of the American and Bahamian civil rights struggles.

Serena Dudek, Ph.D.NIEHS researcher wins grant to study IGF1 receptor and hippocampal plasticity

The International Rett Syndrome Foundation has announced an award to NIEHS neurobiologist Serena Dudek, Ph.D., a 2-year, $98,000 grant that began in January.

SOT 2014 graphicSociety of Toxicology conference brings toxicology community together

NIEHS and SOT will sign a memorandum of understanding during the 53rd annual meeting of SOT March 23-27 at the Phoenix Convention Center.

NTP FutureTox logoNTP presentations highlight new technologies to protect human health

NIEHS and NTP scientists pursued alternatives to animal testing for toxicity assessments, at a January FutureTox II conference, held at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Ami Zota, Sc.D.Researchers report decline in some phthalate levels following federal ban

In new study funded in part by NIEHS, researchers found that Americans are being exposed to lower levels of some phthalates banned from children’s products.

Aubrey Miller, M.D.Conference highlights the known and unknown in fracking debate

Pennsylvania conference presents speakers from academia, government, industry, and the public to explore knowledge of health effects from hydraulic fracturing.

UNC logoUNC SRP trainee develops chemical risk assessment interface Story contains video

Graduate student Andy Shapiro presents webinars on Health Assessment Workplace Collaborative, an online tool he created to support chemical risk assessments.

Shyamal Peddada, Ph.D.Peddada honored by Indian statistical society

This winter, NIEHS biostatistician Shyamal Peddada, Ph.D., received a prestigious award from the Indian Society of Agricultural Statistics.

Bruce Hammock, Ph.D.SRP grantee receives prestigious Brodie Award

Among his many pursuits, long-time NIEHS grantee Bruce Hammock is recognized for exceptional research and collaboration.

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Inside the Institute

Cynthia RadfordNIEHS awards ceremony honors 2013 achievements

The Feb. 11 ceremony recognized unsung heroes, teams, and individuals for their excellence in a variety of endeavors.

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Calendar of Upcoming Events

  • Mar 03–04, Rodbell Auditorium 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. — Superfund Research Program Arsenic Workshop
  • Mar 03 (Offsite event), French Family Science Center at Duke University 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. — Computational Biology Seminar by Bing Ren, Ph.D., on "Long-range Control of Gene Expression — a 3D Perspective"
  • Mar 04 (Offsite event), Auditorium Room 2104 of the Toxicology Building on the Centennial Campus at North Carolina State University 4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. — Environmental and Molecular Toxicology Program Seminar on "GLIS Transcription Factors: Mechanism of Action and Roles in Development and Disease," by Anton Jetten, Ph.D.
  • Mar 05, Rodbell A 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. — Seminar by Richard Peterson,  Ph.D., “The Beat Goes on: Dioxin and Disrupted Heart Development”
  • Mar 07 (Offsite event), Searle Center Lecture Hall at Duke University 8:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m. — Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health Program Spring Symposium
  • Mar 07 (Offsite event), Dreyfus Auditorium at RTI International 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. — NIH Eastern Regional Comprehensive Metabolomics Resource Core Symposium, registration (  required
  • Mar 08, Rodbell Auditorium 8:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. — Triangle Consortium for Reproductive Biology Symposium
  • Mar 11, Rodbell Auditorium 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — Distinguished Lecture featuring Melissa Moore, Ph.D., exploring “Assembly and Dynamics of Uber Complex RNPs.”
  • Mar 12, Keystone 2164/2166 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. — NTP Risk Communication Seminar
  • Mar 23–27 (Offsite event), Phoenix Convention Center — 53rd annual meeting of the Society of Toxicology
  • Mar 24, Rodbell Auditorium 9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m. — NIH Office of Equity Diversity and Inclusion Summit
  • Apr 01, Executive Conference Room — Receptor Mechanisms Discussion Group Seminar Series presentation on “The Glucocorticoid Receptor: a Role in Mediating Arsenic Toxicity,” by Rebecca Fry, Ph.D.

View More Events: NIEHS Public Calendar

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Science Notebook

Lisa Helbling Chadwick, Ph.D.Meeting on mammalian transgenerational inheritance fosters collaboration

The NIEHS Division of Extramural Research and Training hosted the Transgenerational Inheritance in Mammals after Environmental Exposure grantees meeting Feb. 12-13.

Zongli Xu, Ph.D.NIEHS study offers insight into why cancer incidence increases with age Story contains video

Researchers at NIEHS demonstrate that sites of age-associated DNA methylation are disproportionately methylated in a variety of cancers.

Honglei Chen, M.D., Ph.D.Council briefed on Parkinson’s premotor symptoms research

Research into the clinical implications of premotor symptoms in Parkinson’s disease can lead to better understanding of its causes and early disease processes.

Philippe Grandjean, M.D.NIEHS-funded scientists say more chemicals linked to neurodevelopmental disorders

In a paper published in Lancet Feb. 20, NIEHS-funded scientists report on the vulnerability of the developing brain and the neurotoxicity of industrial chemicals.

Gary W. Miller, Ph.D.Research on dopamine and Parkinson’s disease illustrates value of exposome studies

Alteration of dopamine storage, which can be affected by exposure to PCBs and certain pesticides, may contribute to Parkinson’s disease.

Tomás Guilarte, Ph.D.Study finds a new marker for assessing heart inflammation

NIEHS grantee Tomás Guilarte, Ph.D., found that a widely-used biomarker for diagnosing brain injury can also help determine the severity of myocarditis.

Jason Richardson, Ph.D.NIEHS-funded research shows link between DDT and Alzheimer’s disease Story contains video

A study published Jan. 27 in JAMA Neurology investigates association between exposure to DDT and genetic susceptibility to Alzheimer’s disease.

Atlantic killifishGenetic variation may explain PCB-resistance in Atlantic killifish

SRP-funded researchers find that New Bedford Harbor killifish show evidence of adaptation to the harbor’s PCB-contaminated sediments.

Carl White, M.D.New approaches in mustard gas exposure treatment

As part of an ongoing lecture series highlighting the broad range of research by its grantees, NIEHS hosted a talk Feb. 6 by pediatric pulmonologist Carl White, M.D.

Shay Covo, Ph.D.NIEHS study on genome stability highlighted in Genetics

Using a novel assay to study chromosome gain, the researchers described mechanisms that may be employed by cancer cells or pathogenic fungi on the path to drug resistance.

PEPH logoPEPH webinar highlights alternative testing methods Story contains video

The NIEHS Partnerships for Environmental Public Health webinar Jan. 23 explored the agency’s commitment to develop, apply, and validate cutting-edge scientific methods.

EHP logoThis month in EHP

The March issue of Environmental Health Perspectives focuses on health impacts of feminine hygiene products and personal lubricants, and the NTP Nonneoplastic Lesion Atlas.

Melissa Moore, Ph.D.Distinguished Lecture Series to feature talk by Melissa Moore Story contains video

The next NIEHS Distinguished Lecture of 2014 will be presented by Melissa Moore, Ph.D., March 11 at 11:00 a.m. in Rodbell Auditorium, hosted by Karen Adelman, Ph.D.

RTI logoRTI to host NIH metabolomics symposium March 7

RTI International will host the second NIH Eastern Regional Comprehensive Metabolomics Resource Core Symposium March 7 in RTP.

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Extramural Research

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Intramural Research

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