The central goal of the Superfund Basic Research and Training Program (SRP) is to understand and break the link between environmental exposure and disease. I am excited to announce this newsletter, the SRP Science Digest, to show how SRP researchers address this challenge from a variety of approaches and disciplines. We have compiled important SRP findings to show how the program is tackling related problems by combining the expertise of biomedical and environmental science and engineering disciplines. We also highlight the ways in which SRP staff and grantees share innovative findings and explain research emanating from the program.
Welcome to the Superfund Basic Research and Training Program (SRP) Science Digest!
Below you'll find a compilation of SRP research, which provides practical, scientific solutions to protect health, the environment, and communities. For more information about the program, visit the SRP website.
You also can view past issues of the Science Digest.
SRP researchers are taking a variety of approaches to reduce exposures to hazardous substances and improve public health through prevention and intervention strategies. These approaches include developing technologies to reduce exposures, using nutrition to reduce the negative health effects of chemicals, and performing basic biological research that may lead to potential clinical treatments.
An SRP trainee describes her research to a highly interested meeting attendee.(Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)
SRP staff and grantees contributed significantly to the planning and presentations at the NIEHS Environmental Health Science FEST (EHS FEST) December 6 - 8 in Durham, North Carolina. With more than 1,200 participants, EHS FEST brought together a diverse group of researchers, community engagement teams, trainees, and young investigators supported by NIEHS, which led to several days of excellent scientific dialogue and facilitated collaborations among grantees.
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A second-stage treatment using low levels of surfactants, which are commonly used as dispersing agents, may be a promising method to maximize removal of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) at hazardous waste sites, according to findings from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Superfund Research Program (UNC SRP) Center. Researchers identified specific surfactants that enhanced the removal of PAHs from previously treated soil by making the chemicals more accessible for degradation by bacteria.