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2022 News

Superfund Research Program

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SRP Centers Deliver Data Science Trainings
June 17, 2022 New
NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) grantees developed publicly available courses to help their trainees and the broader environmental health sciences research community develop data science skills.
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Materials Science and Bacteria Are Key to Remediation, Experts Say
May 19, 2022
During recent NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) Progress in Research webinars, grantees discussed innovative strategies for bioremediation — the process of using bacteria, fungi, and plants to break down contaminants.
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Extramural Paper of the Month: Tropical Cyclones Linked to Rise in U.S. Deaths
May 19, 2022
Over the last three decades, tropical cyclones in the U.S. were associated with higher death rates in subsequent months, according to a study by the Columbia University SRP Center. The study included data on deaths in U.S. counties that experienced at least one tropical cyclone between 1988 and 2018.
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Extramural Paper of the Month: Link Between Placenta and Fetal Brain May Predict Neurodevelopment Disorders
May 19, 2022
An SRP-funded study in mice showed that prenatal exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) altered DNA methylation in both the placenta and fetal brain in a manner consistent with neurodevelopmental disorders. The research was conducted at the University of California, Davis SRP Center.
Kathleen Gray, Ph.D.
Improving Environmental Risk Communication Through Interdisciplinary Collaborations
May 19, 2022
Kathleen Gray, Ph.D., of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) SRP Center talked about her passion for increasing understanding of environmental exposures in communities affected by contamination.
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NIEHS-Funded Technology to Detect Lead in Water Goes Commercial
May 17, 2022
NanoAffix Science, LLC developed a new portable device to detect lead in tap water in real time. The team launched its first commercial device, called NanoAquaSense, at the Water Quality Association’s Annual Convention in early April. Their technology is funded through the NIEHS Small Business and Innovation Research program.
Mike Denison, Ph.D.
Remembering Mike Denison, Longtime SRP Grantee
May 13, 2022
Environmental toxicologist Michael (Mike) Denison, Ph.D., of the University of California (UC), Davis, who was internationally known for his fundamental research on persistent organic pollutants and for developing a widely used test for detecting toxic substances in samples, died March 22 of brain cancer. A longtime grantee of the NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP), Denison served as a project leader for more than 25 years.
Tiffany Sanchez, Ph.D.
Uncovering the Link Between Metals and Disease
April 19, 2022
Tiffany Sanchez, Ph.D., a former trainee at the Columbia University SRP Center, reflected on her experience as a trainee working with large cohorts, or groups of participants, to understand the connections between metal exposures and disease.
Stefano Monti, Ph.D.
Preventing Disease Through Bioinformatics
April 19, 2022
Stefano Monti, Ph.D., explained how he is developing computational models for environmental contaminants to predict their long-term health effects, such as cancer and metabolic disorders. Since 2012, Monti led the Bioinformatics and Molecular Modeling Core at the Boston University SRP Center.
Danielle Carlin, Ph.D.
SRP Shines at SOT
April 14, 2022
NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) grantees from across the country gathered in person and virtually for the 2022 Society of Toxicology (SOT) Annual Meeting, held March 27-31 in San Diego. The meeting highlighted diverse, cutting-edge research.
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PFAS Water Filter Developed Through NIEHS Funding
April 01, 2022
SRP-funded small business CycloPure, Inc. developed a new filter cartridge that is compatible with Brita pitchers can remove PFAS from drinking water.
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Extramural Paper of the Month: Data Mining Study Sheds Light on Factors Contributing to Preterm Birth Disparities
April 01, 2022
Researchers at the Northeastern University SRP Center used a data mining approach to identify a diverse set of chemicals that may contribute to disparities in preterm birth among different populations. 
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Extramural Paper of the Month: Pine Needles Work as Passive Samplers for PFAS
April 01, 2022
North Carolina State University SRP Center researchers showed that pine needles can be used as a tool to monitor the presence and distribution of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) over time.
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Extramural Paper of the Month: Exposure to PCB Mixture Mimicking School Air Linked to Range of Health Effects
April 01, 2022
Long-term exposure to polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) mixtures in school air may affect the nervous and immune systems, according to an SRP-funded study in rats. 
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SRP Teams Tackle Pandemic Challenges from Many Angles
March 09, 2022
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) teams have shown resourcefulness, updating existing projects and pursuing new research to address environmental health needs.
Veena Antony, M.D.
Advancing Environmental Justice Through Research and Outreach
March 04, 2022
University of Alabama at Birmingham SRP Center Director Veena Antony, M.D., described her work to improve lung health in residents near a local Superfund site.
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Extramural Paper of the Month: Leveraging Unused Samples to Predict Metal Exposures
March 01, 2022
University of Iowa SRP Center researchers demonstrated a robust approach for predicting exposure to arsenic and manganese using a commonly stored but often unused biological sample. As an alternative to using whole blood, their method used only the clotted erythrocyte fraction to track metal exposures.
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Extramural Paper of the Month: Changes in Gut, Liver may Contribute to Alzheimer’s Disease Susceptibility
March 01, 2022
Researchers at the University of Washington SRP Center determined how changes in the gut and liver may contribute to cadmium-induced Alzheimer’s disease (AD).
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Educational Tool Highlights COVID-19 and Arsenic Research
March 01, 2022
A new online educational resource invites high school students to examine ways that humans are exposed to arsenic and how exposure might influence susceptibility to COVID-19 infection. 
, Mónica Ramírez-Andreotta, Ph.D.
Building Trust, Sharing Data: Grantee Promotes Participatory Research
March 01, 2022
During her Feb. 14 NIEHS Keystone Science Lecture, Mónica Ramírez-Andreotta, Ph.D., shared the numerous ways she works with communities to integrate their priorities into environmental health sciences research.
Keri Hornbuckle, Ph.D.
Exposure to Airborne PCBs an Ongoing Challenge, Expert Says
March 01, 2022
Approaches for studying airborne exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls — and helping communities reduce such exposure — were discussed by University of Iowa SRP Center Director Keri Hornbuckle, Ph.D., during her Feb. 4 Keystone Science Lecture, featured in the NIEHS Environmental Factor newsletter.
Cherie De Vore, Ph.D.
Former SRP Trainee Featured in NIEHS Global Environmental Health Newsletter
February 18, 2022
Cherie De Vore, Ph.D., a former trainee with the University of New Mexico SRP Center, explained how her mechanistic research on metal contaminants in the environment is grounded in her Diné identity.
Celia Chen, Ph.D.
Leveraging Partners Across Disciplines and Continents
February 18, 2022
A feature on Dartmouth College SRP Center Director Celia Chen, Ph.D., explains how she is leveraging decades of research on Mercury to better understand how people are exposed to per and polyfluoroalkyl substances.
Mónica Ramírez-Andreotta, Ph.D.
Engaging Communities to Improve Well-being
February 17, 2022
Mónica Ramírez-Andreotta, Ph.D., from the University of Arizona SRP Center, shared her experience engaging communities in science and her journey from SRP trainee to SRP researcher.
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Extramural Paper of the Month: Database reveals toxic metals in private well water in NC
February 01, 2022
Leveraging two decades of well water data in North Carolina, investigators at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) SRP Center reported residents are exposed to arsenic and lead above the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards.
Elsie Sunderland, Ph.D
Complexities of PFAS Research Focus of Congressional Hearing
February 01, 2022
Complexities of studying per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) were shared by SRP grantees and other experts during a congressional hearing. Witnesses discussed how increased research and development can better inform regulation and strengthen methods for cleaning up PFAS in the environment.
Chef Keith Rhodes
Duke Campaign Promotes Safe Fish Consumption
January 28, 2022
New fish consumption advisories in North Carolina were developed using data collected through the NIEHS Superfund SRP Center at Duke University. The goal is to better protect the health of people who collect and eat fish from the Cape Fear River.
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Annual SRP Meeting Highlights Collaboration and Innovation to Address Emerging Challenges
January 05, 2022
The annual meeting to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) was held as an abbreviated virtual event December 16, 2021. Drawing over 400 attendees from across the U.S., the meeting highlighted how SRP's dedication to innovation and collaboration across scientific fields can tackle emerging challenges.
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Extramural Paper of the Month: Biosensor Characterizes Contaminants and Potential Health Risks After Disasters
January 03, 2022
A sophisticated biosensor may provide information about polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon distribution and potential toxicity in the aftermath of natural disasters, according to an SRP-funded study. By rapidly characterizing and prioritizing samples for study, the tool supports disaster research response where time and resources are limited.
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Extramural Paper of the Month: Microbiome Affects Early Childhood Behavior Differently in Girls and Boys
January 03, 2022
Bacteria in the gut of young children may relate to behavioral disorders, affecting girls and boys differently, according to an SRP-funded study at the Dartmouth College SRP Center. This is one of the first studies to examine associations between the microbiome and a broad range of behavioral outcomes that may vary by sex.
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2021 Papers of the Year: Plant Leaves Work as Reliable Air Monitor in Citizen-Science Study
January 03, 2022
Working with citizen-scientists, University of Arizona SRP Center researchers demonstrated that leaves can be used as a low-cost, reliable method to assess the level of metals in airborne dust. 
Molly Frazar
Effort to Remove PFAS from Water Earns Grad Student Wetterhahn Award
January 03, 2022
University of Kentucky SRP Center trainee Molly Frazar is the 24th recipient of the Karen Wetterhahn Memorial Award, which is bestowed annually by SRP. Frazar was recognized for her work to develop inexpensive and reusable sorbent materials to clean up drinking water contaminated with PFAS.
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