Since its inception, an important element of the NIEHS Superfund Hazardous Substances Basic Research and Training Program (SRP) has been training the next generation of environmental health scientists.
Below you'll find a compilation of SRP research highlights from a variety of disciplines that use prevention and intervention methods to reduce exposure to potentially harmful contaminants and improve health. For more information about the program, visit the SRP website.
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SRP researchers are examining how exposures to potentially harmful chemicals in the womb or early in life may impact development and play a role in later-life consequences. These approaches include studies involving human populations and the use of model organisms, such as mice and zebrafish.
SRP staff and grantees from all over the country gathered in Baltimore, Maryland for the 2017 Society of Toxicology (SOT) Annual Meeting March 12 - 16. Grantees and staff gave talks and presented posters highlighting SRP-funded research advances in toxicology.
A newly developed panel of zebrafish genes can be combined with a rapid testing platform to identify chemicals that induce oxidative stress, according to researchers at the University of Washington (UW) SRP Center. The method is cost-effective and can be performed more quickly and with less tissue than conventional methods.