As NIEHS nears the end of its current 2012-2017 Strategic Plan, we are reflecting on how the Superfund Basic Research and Training Program (SRP) has contributed to achieving the plan's goals. In keeping with the NIEHS mission, diverse SRP research teams develop and implement unique, solution-oriented approaches to address complex environmental health problems and promote healthier lives.
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 Health Scientist Administrator Danielle Carlin, Ph.D., presented at the 15th International Congress on Combustion By-Products and Their Health Effects, which was co-sponsored by SRP. Carlin's talk, "Current NIEHS-Supported Environmental Chemical Mixtures Studies: Can We Apply their Approaches to Mixtures of By-Products of Incomplete Combustion," summarized the history of NIEHS support for mixtures research and highlighted SRP grantees' important contributions to the field.
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Researchers at the Boston University Superfund Research Program (BU SRP) Center found that tributyltin (TBT) impacts bone marrow B cells directly by triggering cell death and indirectly by changing the microenvironment of bone marrow vital for supporting immune health.
Researchers at Picoyune, an SRP-funded small business, are developing a reliable, portable, and easy-to-use device to detect mercury in solid and liquid samples. They hope the device will replace complex and costly equipment used to monitor mercury before and during remediation at contaminated sites.