Public Health Impacts
Superfund Research Program
One of the primary goals of SRP-funded research is to improve public health. Thus, the Program supports a wide range of research to address the broad public health concerns arising from the release of hazardous substances into the environment. The intent is to provide sound science to those making public policy, regulatory, and risk reduction decisions. SRP-funded research has been successful in this area as studies have improved our understanding of the health effects associated with exposures to environmental contaminants. The following stories provide information on public health impacts. They are merely highlights and represent the breadth of work SRP researchers undertake. To see older stories, visit our archives page.
A new guide will help local anglers identify fish that are safe to eat, thanks to researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center. The new website and brochure provide health advisories on consumption of fish caught in the North Carolina Triangle area. The materials combine information about possible contaminants and their health effects, with an emphasis on the importance of eating fish as part of a healthy diet.
The Brown University Superfund Research Program (SRP) held two events on May 23 to further its mission of tackling environmental health and cleanup concerns in Rhode Island. At one event, Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., director of NIEHS and the National Toxicology Program, met with researchers from the center to discuss ways to reduce exposures and improve health outcomes for people in Rhode Island. On that same day, Brown SRP scientists hosted a workshop for hazardous waste management officials, sharing information about polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), which are contaminants of concern in the region.
Former University of Washington (UW) Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center trainee Judit Marsillach Lopez, Ph.D., recently joined the faculty in the Department of Medicine, Division of Medical Genetics at UW. Prior to her new position, she worked with UW SRP Center Project 3, led by Clement Furlong, Ph.D., on biomarkers of sensitivity and exposure to organophosphate (OP) insecticides. Her recent findings on this project suggest that exposures to the heavy metal manganese result in an increase of oxidative stress partly due to inhibition of plasma enzyme paraoxonase-1 (PON1) activity.