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 and minimizing 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.
Zebrafish developmental assays test the safety of new chemicals (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/newsletter/2013/9/science-zebrafish/index.htm)
A group of molecules developed to break down pollutants in water is one step closer to commercial use, thanks to developmental tests led by Robert Tanguay, Ph.D., of the Oregon State University (OSU) Superfund Research Program. Tanguay's study, using developing zebrafish embryos, showed that the molecules designed to remove hazardous substances from water, called TAML activators, are not harmful themselves. Read More... (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/newsletter/2013/9/science-zebrafish/index.htm)
Duke workshop addresses environmental justice issues in North Carolina (https://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/newsletter/2013/8/spotlight-duke/index.htm)
Environmental justice, exposure to toxic chemicals, and sustainability were topics of discussion at the Environmental Justice Workshop in Durham, N.C., hosted by the NIEHS-funded Duke University Superfund Research Program (SRP). Faculty and students from Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte-Mecklenburg K-12 teachers, and Charlotte-area community leaders met with scientists, learned about environmental health topics, and explored connections between environmental justice and sustainability. Read More... (https://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/newsletter/2013/8/spotlight-duke/index.htm)
Oleksii Motorykin, a Superfund Research Program (SRP) trainee at Oregon State University (OSU), found for the first time that lung cancer deaths are linked to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) emissions that pollute the air, independent of cigarette smoke. As a result of his hard work and discoveries, Motorykin received two prestigious awards from the Division of Environmental Chemistry of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in 2013. Read More...