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Your Environment. Your Health.

Superfund Research Program

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    HHEAR Accepting Applications for Lab Services
    Do you have an ongoing or completed epidemiological study with biological or environmental samples linked to human health outcome data? Do you want to add environmental exposure data to your study or need more extensive exposure analysis related to these health outcomes? You may be eligible for FREE analysis of biological and environmental samples from HHEAR labs! Please submit your application for these FREE services by May 14.
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    HHEAR launched the HHEAR Pilot and Feasibility Program, applications are due April 7. Examples of the types of projects suitable for the program include laboratory analyses to: assess adequacy of stored human biological or environmental samples, determine if a biomarker of interest can be detected in human biological or environmental samples, assess usefulness of a biomarker for testing the association between environmental exposures and health outcomes, or assess the exposure distribution of an environmental chemical in population of interest. All data and biological and environmental samples must be collected prior to submitting your application to HHEAR. Contact with any questions.
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    Save the Date: 2021 SRP 35th Anniversary Annual Meeting

    Dec 15-17, 2021 (tentative)

    Raleigh, NC
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    SRP Releases Its 2020-2025 Strategic Plan

    The 2020 Strategic Plan builds on the 2010 and 2015 SRP Strategic Plans which summarized program objectives and goals and outlined strategies to achieve them. In the 2020 update, SRP reaffirms its commitment to the objectives presented in these previous iterations, while focusing SRP research and training through a systems approach lens to accommodate emerging complexity of environmental health issues
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    SRP Progress in Research Webinar Series: Multiproject Center Grants - Research Across Disciplines (2020)

    SRP hosted a series of Progress in Research webinars, which featured work from SRP Multiproject Centers awarded grants in 2020. In each session, awardees described their research projects, accomplishments, and next steps. Session I was held on Wednesday, October 21, Session II was held on October 28, Session III was held November 9, and Session IV was held November 19, 2020. More information is available on the SRP Progress in Research website.
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    SRP Funding Opportunity Webinar

    NIEHS released RFA-ES-20-014 "Superfund Hazardous Substance Research and Training Program (P42 Clinical Trial Optional)" on September 2, 2020. On October 1, 2020, 1:30-3:00 p.m. EDT, the SRP hosted a webinar, which provided information and answered questions about this funding opportunity.  For materials related to RFA-ES-20-014, please see the Multiproject Center Grant RFA and the SRP Multiproject Center Grant Funding Opportunities page. For more information about the P42 Centers, see the Currently Funded Multiproject Research Centers (P42).
  • A new study funded by the NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) shows triclosan exposure, in combination with a high-fat diet, can worsen nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Led by Robert Tukey, Ph.D., researchers at the University of California San Diego SRP Center described the molecular mechanisms by which triclosan alters metabolism and gut microbiota, resulting in fat buildup in the liver.

    Research Brief 316: Arsenic Exposure Before Conception May Trigger Diabetes in Male Offspring

    NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) grantees led a study looking into changes in gene expression in eggs and sperm as a potential mechanism by which exposure to arsenic before conception may alter metabolic pathways in offspring. Previous research has linked prenatal exposure to inorganic arsenic with diabetes, but this is the first study to focus on preconception exposure. The study was led by Miroslav Styblo, Ph.D., and Rebecca Fry, Ph.D., of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill SRP Center.
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    Support for Understanding How Environmental Exposures Affect Coronavirus Disease

    NIEHS issued a Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) for mission-relevant research to understand the impact of environmental exposures on coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). A Funding Opportunity Announcement was also released for community interventions to address effects of COVID-19. The NIH recently launced Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) funding opportunities related to COVID-19 testing.
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    Congratulations to Jennifer Kay, Ph.D., the 23rd Recipient of the Karen Wetterhahn Memorial Award!

    Presented December 14 at the 2020 SRP Annual Meeting, the award honors a graduate or postdoctoral researcher demonstrating scientific excellence. Kay’s research evaluates how genetic factors affect susceptibility to mutations and cancer following exposure to N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a contaminant found near a Superfund site in Wilmington, Massachusetts.
  • Congratulations to the 2020 winners of the KC Donnelly Externship Award

    2020 K.C. Donnelly Award Winners

    The K.C. Donnelly Externship Award Supplement, established in memory of longtime SRP grantee K.C. Donnelly, Ph.D., provides current SRP-funded graduate students and postdoctoral researchers with translational/transdisciplinary opportunities and experiences within other SRP-funded centers, government laboratories, or other agencies.
    Learn about the 2020 winners!
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    Superfund Research Program Science Digest

    Check out the March 2021 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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    SRP-Funded Research Benefits Science and Society

    A recent publication from SRP program staff highlights how SRP-funded basic biomedical research has led to benefits for science, health, and society. The commentary emphasizes how SRP research informed the development of policies and interventions to improve public health.
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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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    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.
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    Hot off the Press

    Read the latest publications from SRP researchers.

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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