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Your Environment. Your Health.

Superfund Research Program

  • Key Characteristics of Male Reproductive Toxicants

    Research Brief 297: Identifying Key Characteristics of Chemicals that Harm Male and Female Reproduction

    Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center developed and applied a "key characteristics" framework to help risk assessors better identify, organize, and summarize the potential reproductive health risks of different chemicals. By understanding specific events that lead to toxicity, they also may be able to systematically predict whether less studied chemicals may be reproductive toxicants and prioritize them for additional study.
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    Superfund Research Program Science Digest

    Check out the June 2019 issue of the SRP Science Digest, which showcases SRP research providing practical, scientific solutions to protect health, the environment, and communities.
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    2019 SRP Annual Meeting

    The 2019 Superfund Research Program Annual Meeting will be held November 18 – 20, 2019, in Seattle, Washington. The University of Washington SRP Center is hosting the meeting, in collaboration with the University of Louisville SRP Center. Abstracts for oral and poster presentations will be due August 23, 2019.
  • Stephanie Kim

    Congratulations to Stephanie Kim, the 21st recipient of the Karen Wetterhahn Memorial Award!

    The award recognizes one outstanding SRP graduate student or postdoctoral researcher who exemplifies qualities of scientific excellence. Kim was presented the award on November 29 at the Superfund Research Program (SRP) Annual Meeting in Sacramento, California.
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    SRP Trainee Highlight

    University of Kentucky (UK) Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center trainee Joshua Preston is an undergraduate senior working under the guidance of Kevin Pearson, Ph.D. With the SRP team, Preston is exploring how exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) during and around pregnancy impacts offspring later in development.
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    The Superfund Research Program's Economic and Societal Benefits

    We are pleased to announce the publication of Assessing the Economic and Societal Benefits of SRP-Funded Research in the June 2018 issue of Environmental Health Perspectives. Check it out, along with the accompanying editorial by NIEHS Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D.
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    Where We Work

    If you are interested in learning more about where SRP grantees are working, check out the SRP map to see the locations of SRP grantees, as well as hazardous waste sites where they conduct research or outreach.
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    Hot off the Press

    Read the latest publications from SRP researchers.
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    SRP Search Tools

    SRP has five search tools to help you learn more about the projects and researchers funded by the Program. The new SRP Faceted Search tool allows you to apply one or more filters to browse information about SRP projects. Filters include chemicals studied, health outcomes, environmental media, and remediation approaches.

The NIEHS Hazardous Substance Basic Research and Training Program (Superfund Research Program [SRP]) provides practical, scientific solutions to protect health, the environment, and communities. As part of NIEHS, an Institute of the National Institutes of Health, SRP works to learn more about ways to protect the public from exposure to hazardous substances, such as industrial solvents, arsenic, lead, and mercury. These and other toxic substances are found in contaminated water, soil, and air at hazardous waste sites throughout the United States.

SRP funds university-based grants on basic biological, environmental, and engineering processes to find real and practical solutions to exposures to hazardous substances. These activities complement the work of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, and other federal and state agencies.

In keeping with the NIEHS mission, SRP's teams of diverse professionals develop, test, and implement unique, solution-oriented approaches to address complex environmental health problems. These teams study environmental contaminants in order to lower environmental cleanup costs, reduce human exposure, and improve human health. SRP's central goal is to understand and break the link between chemical exposure and disease.

To instantly hear about SRP news, research advances, events, and job opportunities for SRP trainees, follow @SRP_NIEHS on Twitter.

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