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Your Environment. Your Health.

December 2018 Superfund Research Program Science Digest

Superfund Research Program Science Digest
Balancing Scientific Excellence with Research Relevance

Science Leadership

Superfund Research Program (SRP) staff and grantees are committed to advancing SRP research by presenting innovative findings, tools, and technologies to stakeholders in academia, government, and local communities.

  • Two people conversing at an exhibit table

    Heacock discusses a mercury analyzer developed by SRP-funded small business Picoyne at the Small Business Innovative Research Demonstration Tables during the SRP Annual Meeting.
    (Photo courtesy of Adeline Lopez)

  • The SRP Annual Meeting brought together SRP researchers, trainees, administrators, and partners to share findings and discuss research translation, community engagement, and training. The meeting highlighted innovative SRP research promoting environmental health, particularly by early-stage investigators and trainees. Collaborations across disciplines within SRP centers, across SRP centers, and with external partners also was highlighted throughout the program.

  • SRP Director Bill Suk, Ph.D., M.P.H., was selected to receive a prestigious Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to increase environmental health capacity in South and Southeast Asia. As part of the international educational exchange program, Suk is serving as a Fulbright lecturer in international and public health in collaboration with Mahidol University and the Chulabhorn Research Institute in Bangkok, Thailand. During his six-month Fulbright, Suk will teach courses and aid in program development for universities in Thailand and surrounding countries, with an emphasis on children's environmental health and early-life exposures that lead to disease.

  • After Hurricane Florence devastated parts of North and South Carolina in September, SRP grantees hit the ground running to test for pollution. As soon as they could reach areas affected by severe flooding, SRP researchers, including Texas A&M SRP Center trainee Gaston Casillas, Duke SRP Center student Anna Lewis, Entanglement Technologies grantee Tony Miller, Ph.D., former Duke trainee and Wetterhahn Awardee Elena Craft, Ph.D., and Duke SRP Center researcher Lee Ferguson, Ph.D., teamed up to take air, soil, and water samples in an effort to characterize contaminants that might be present.

  • Heather Henry and LaKisha Odom

    Henry, left, and LaKisha Odom, Ph.D., pictured at the Soil Health meeting. Odom was a member of the conference planning committee and chaired the session on funding opportunities and challenges.
    (Photo courtesy of Heather Henry)

  • SRP Health Scientist Administrator Heather Henry, Ph.D., represented the NIH at the Conference on Connections Between Soil Health and Human Health, held October 16 - 17, 2018 in Silver Spring, Maryland. The participants included experts in soil health, microbiome research, nutrition, and public health, and they proposed research collaboration priorities, which will be outlined in a future report. The meeting attracted approximately 200 scientists and organization leaders to listen to 41 researchers and subject matter experts. Henry also served on the organizing committee for the Federal Remediation Technologies Roundtable meeting on "Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Emerging Characterization and Remedial Technologies," held November 7 in Reston, Virginia. She gave an overview of SRP-funded research on PFAS remediation, detection, health, and outreach.

  • SRP grantees from all over the country gathered in Ottawa, Canada for the joint annual meeting of the International Society of Exposure Science and the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology. SRP Health Scientist Administrator Michelle Heacock, Ph.D., and SRP Health Specialist Brittany Trottier, M.P.H. were involved in a session on environmental health issues related to electronic waste.

  • Six people standing in front of a large conference banner

    Carlin, left, with conference organizer and Louisiana State University SRP Center Director Stephania Cormier, Ph.D., third from right, and student travel award winners.
    (Photo courtesy of Danielle Carlin)

  • SRP Health Scientist Administrator Danielle Carlin, Ph.D., presented at the 6th Annual International Experimental Biology and Medicine Conference in Chengdu, China. The conference, co-sponsored by the SRP, represents an international partnership to advance experimental biology and medicine and is designed for conversation between established career scientists, policy officials, and trainees. Carlin gave a talk on using atherosclerosis as a case study to understand the joint action of environmental chemical and nonchemical stressors.

  • After Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm in September 2017, Northeastern University SRP Center researchers immediately responded, reaching out to participants involved in an ongoing study on exposure impacts in pregnant women and providing essential supplies. Now, more than one year later, they continue to investigate the effects of Maria, including the potential long-term health impacts from exposure to contaminated water and air.