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Your Environment. Your Health.

Special Issue Highlights Environmental Challenges in Central and Eastern Europe

Kelly Pennell, Slawomir Lomnicki, and Bill Suk

Suk, right, delivered the keynote speech at CEECHE, focusing on future directions for environmental health research and the need for innovative research strategies and collaborations.
(Photo courtesy of Bernhard Hennig)

A special issue titled "Environmental Challenges in Central and Eastern Europe" was published by the journal Reviews on Environmental Health after the April 2016 Central and Eastern European Conference on Health and the Environment (CEECHE) meeting in Prague. The Superfund Research Program (SRP) co-sponsored the meeting with the Institute of Experimental Medicine in the Czech Republic. SRP staff and grantees wrote several articles about environmental health challenges in Central and Eastern Europe and similar problems across the globe.

SRP Director Bill Suk, Ph.D., outlined historical perspectives on the international effort to collectively explore and share knowledge about innovative remediation technologies and emerging environmental exposure science. Additionally, his article focuses on practical approaches for minimizing exposures to potentially harmful chemicals and reducing the burden of disease in Central and Eastern Europe.

SRP Health Science Administrator Heather Henry, Ph.D., and Suk co-authored a review highlighting SRP-funded detection and remediation technologies with a focus on sustainable approaches. The article describes a variety of new devices and tools for exposure assessment and remediation of organic and inorganic contaminants or mixtures of the two.

Reviews on Environmental Health

Several SRP grantees also contributed articles to this special issue:

  • Guest Editor Bernhard Hennig, Ph.D., of the University of Kentucky (UK) SRP Center, discussed environmental challenges in Central and Eastern Europe. He also co-authored a review article with Jessie Hoffman, Ph.D., and Michael Petriello, Ph.D., about the impact of nutrition on the toxicity of pollutants. In another review article, Hennig, Petriello, Hoffman, and Andrew Morris, Ph.D., discuss the emerging roles of xenobiotic detoxification enzymes in metabolic diseases.

  • A mini review co-authored by UK SRP Center researcher Kelly Pennell, Ph.D., discusses air exchange rates and alternative vapor entry pathways that can be used to inform exposure and risk assessments.

  • A review by Erin Madeen, Ph.D., and David Williams, Ph.D., from the Oregon State University SRP Center, describes early life exposures to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and adult male infertility.

  • UK SRP Center researchers Zach Hilt, Ph.D., Angela Gutierrez, Ph.D., and Thomas Dziubla, Ph.D., contributed a review article highlighting recent advances in iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles for remediation of organic pollutants in water.

  • Anna Hoover, Ph.D., from the UK SRP Center, contributed an original article on risk communication with stakeholders at a Superfund site in the United States and highlights areas for improvement.

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