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2009 News

Superfund Research Program

September 25, 2009

Registration for Annual Meeting Now Open

Registration for the SRP Annual Meeting, “Emerging Issues, Emerging Progress” is now open. This year's meeting, to be held November 3 - 4, will feature six scientific sessions highlighting new research findings that are of direct relevance to the U.S. EPA's work at Superfund sites. Satellite meetings for Program administration, individual researchers, and research translation and outreach cores will be held on November 5. Meeting information is available on the meeting website, including accommodation information, registration forms, and poster abstract submittal forms.

June 11, 2009

SRP Researchers Establish Link Between Arsenic Exposure and Death from Influenza Virus

Courtney Kozul and Josh Hamilton (Dartmouth SRP) have established a link between exposure to arsenic and respiratory infections from influenza, a significant public heath concern and a major cause of death worldwide. In a study, soon to be published in Environmental Health Perspectives, Kozul exposed mice to 100 ppb of arsenic in their drinking water for five weeks and then infected them with the H1N1 virus (the “swine flu” virus). She found that these mice had significantly increased risk of death from respiratory infections when compared to the mice infected with the H1N1 virus, but not exposed to arsenic. These finding suggest that risks of influenza are increased by arsenic exposure. They will continue their work by exposing mice to lower doses of arsenic, such as 10 ppb.

The full article is available for free at EHP Online.

June 11, 2009

SRP Welcomes New Grantees

The Superfund Research Program wishes to extend a warm welcome to their new grantees. Drs. Jon Chorover (University of Arizona), Joseph M. K. Iruadaraj (Purdue), H. Peter Lu (Bowling Green State University), and Gemma Reguera (Michigan State University) were recently awarded individual research grants (R01) to undertake projects exploring the use of nanomaterials in remediation.

More information about the grantees research can be found on the SRP Individual Research Grants webpage. .

March 17, 2009

SRP Student Wins Awards at Society of Toxicology Meeting

SRP-Dartmouth student Courtney Kozul won four awards at this year’s Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting, held in Baltimore, MD, March 15-19, 2009.

Kozul’s research, exploring the effects of chronic low doses of arsenic ingested via drinking water, earned her the Women in Toxicology Vera W. Hudson and Elizabeth K. Weisburger Scholarship Fund Student Award, the Northeast Society of Toxicology 3rd place Graduate Student Travel Award, the Molecular Biology Specialty Section 1st Place Graduate Student Research Competition, and a graduate student travel award from the meeting organizers.

The awards point to the quality of research and caliber of students trained by the SRP. According to Josh Hamilton, Kozul’s research advisor and professor in the Dartmouth Medical School Pharmacology and Toxicology Graduate Program, "The success of her project also highlights how the interdisciplinary environment of the Superfund Training Program fosters high-caliber, innovative and highly translational science that addresses real-world problems."

February 01, 2009

Superfund Grantees Begin Work on Documentary Series

With support from the NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SBRP), researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) are following a road less traveled in order to translate their scientific research into policy and public health information. Working with the UCSD-TV Public Affairs Office, researchers Keith Pezzoli, Ph.D., and Hiram Sarabia are now at work on a television documentary inspired by a special tour they conducted for attendees at the 2008 American Public Health Association annual conference, "Public Health without Borders," held in San Diego October 25-29, 2008.

For more information please refer to the February 2009 issues of the Environmental Factor newsletter.

January 26, 2009

Arizona Laboratory for Emerging Contaminants (ALEC) Opens Doors for First Open House

The University of Arizona (UA) SRP, along with UA Colleges of Science, Agriculture and Life Sciences, Engineering, and Pharmacy, and researchers from Arizona State University in Tempe and Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, held an open house for the Arizona Laboratory for Emerging Contaminants (ALEC) January 21, 2009.

This progressive laboratory will provide many different researchers with the ability to explore a wide range of organic and inorganic contaminants in water. Jon Chorover, co-director of ALEC, stressed the Program and lab's capabilities, "ALEC is focused on detection and quantification of inorganic and organic contaminants- inorganics, such as arsenic, uranium and lead, and organics, such as endocrine-disrupting compounds, pharmaceuticals, and personal-care [has] state-of-the art analytical equipment, [which] is available for use by anyone in Arizona's water research community; training students and future researchers is one of the lab's core missions."

ALEC will also work with researchers who study how persistent pollutants like the solvent trichloroethylene, or TCE, behave in the environment. "Our intent is to work with researchers across the board in terms of contaminants chemistry and the environment."

A National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation Program grant of $578,000 provided funding for most of the equipment. ALEC receives additional support and funding from the UA's Water Sustainability Program, the Arizona Water Institute, the UA's Office of the Vice President for Research and the UA Colleges of Science, Agriculture and Life Sciences, Engineering and Pharmacy, and the UA's Superfund Research Program.

January 06, 2009

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Release New Request for Applications (RFA)

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) have released a new Request for Applications (RFA) to solicit applications designed to collect information on community exposures to environmental or occupational agents or exposure-related diseases and use this new information to support environmental public health action.

The RFA (RFA-ES-09-001) is now available online: .

Details about the RFA

This RFA solicits research applications designed to bring together community members and environmental and occupational health researchers to investigate the potential health risks of environmental and occupational exposures that are of concern to the community. Research will focus on environmental or occupational agents known or strongly suspected to be a significant environmental public health issue by community members but lacking basic information on exposure levels, sources of exposure, or potential health effects. An education, outreach, prevention or intervention program(s) also must be developed to translate and disseminate research findings to relevant audiences (e.g., scientists, community members, healthcare professionals, and policymakers) to inform them about the potential health burden(s) associated with environmental or occupational agents in their community, with the ultimate goal of supporting actions that will lead to the prevention or reduction of harmful environmental/occupational exposures and improve human health. Evaluation will be a central component of all projects.

Applicants may request a project period of up to four years and a budget for direct costs of up to $225,000 per year.

The NIEHS intends to commit $2 million in FY2009 to fund five to seven new grants in response to this FOA. The NIOSH intends to commit $500,000 in FY2009 to fund one to two new grants in response to this FOA.

Applications are due April 1, 2009.
Prospective applicants are asked to submit a letter of intent (LOI) due March 1, 2009.

Peer Review Date(s): June 2009
Council Review Date(s): August 2009
Earliest Anticipated Start Date(s): September 30, 2009

Caroline H. Dilworth, Ph.D.,, (NIEHS)
Bernadine Kuchinski, Ph.D.,, (NIOSH)

January 05, 2009

Dr. Palmer Taylor, UCSD SRP Grantee, Receives the 2009 Julius Axelrod Award

Dr. Palmer Taylor, University of California, San Diego (UCSD) SRP, is the recipient of the 2009 Julius Axelrod Award in Pharmacology. The award will be presented by the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) at the 2009 Experimental Biology Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Each year, the Axelrod Award is given to an individual who has significantly contributed to "the understanding of biochemical mechanisms underlying the pharmacological actions of drugs and for contributions to mentoring other pharmacologists." Dr. Taylor's achievements were noted as the prestigious award's newest recipient. He is honored for his research accomplishments and his years of dedication to the UCSD community.

Today, Dr. Taylor serves in the capacity of Dean of the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences; the Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences; the leader of the UCSD SRP's Research Training Core for graduate students; and the Sandra and Monroe Trout Chair in Pharmacology.

The SRP would like to extend hearty congratulations to Dr. Taylor for his achievements.

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