Congratulations to the Superfund Research Programs at Michigan State University (MSU) and Oregon State University (OSU), who have received Multiproject Center Grant (P42) awards. These competitive renewal awards provide an additional five years of funding.
Michigan State University
The MSU SRP has been funded since 1989 and focuses on environmental, microbial, and mammalian biomolecular responses to AhR ligands. MSU will use the new grant award to better understand how dioxins affect human health and to identify new ways of removing them from the environment. The MSU grant will support multiple studies on dioxins, environmental contaminants that work their way up the food chain to humans, potentially raising the risk of certain cancers and other diseases.
“Our research findings can provide scientific information to assist regulatory agencies in decisions about how to best address sites contaminated with dioxins,” said Norbert Kaminski, Ph.D., director of the MSU SRP. For more information about the new MSU SRP grant, visit the MSU news site .
Oregon State University
The OSU SRP has been funded since 2009, and focuses on improving technologies and identifying emerging health risks related to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). OSU SRP aims to test new technologies for measuring the toxicity of environmental chemicals to determine their health risk and see if cleaning up hazardous waste sites generates even worse chemicals. PAHs, found at Superfund sites and urban settings, are formed in the burning of carbon-based energy sources, such as diesel, gasoline, coal, petroleum, and in cooking or tobacco smoke.
“The research could help local, state, and federal agencies, like the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, better understand the risk posed by PAHs,” said Dave Williams, Ph.D., director of the OSU SRP. Visit the OSU news site for more information about the new OSU SRP grant.