Andrew Morris, Ph.D., Bernhard Hennig, Ph.D., and Kevin Pearson, Ph.D., from the University of Kentucky Superfund Research Program (UK SRP), won the 2014 University of Kentucky John P. Wyatt, M.D. Traveling Fellowship. The award provides institutional support to organize a one-day symposium on hazardous pollutants and associated environmental stress throughout the human life cycle. The symposium will feature prominent speakers and trainees.
The Wyatt award also provides funds that the UK SRP will use to initiate research collaborations with one of the invited symposium speakers, Tomas Trnovec, M.D., D.Sc., of the Department of Environmental Medicine at Slovak Medical University in Bratislava, Slovakia. The UK SRP Research Support Core, led by Morris, plans to analyze precious clinical specimens that Trnovec and colleagues collected from longitudinal cohorts of mothers and their children who were exposed to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). The team hopes to uncover correlations between toxicological, inflammatory, and nutrition-related biomarkers.
“The information from the analysis is an important step towards understanding nutritional modulation of human exposure to persistent organic pollutants, such as PCBs, and associated public health issues,” said Henning. “These data will eventually enable the group to expand their research in this area by initiating clinical studies with human cohorts residing near Superfund sites within Kentucky.”