One of the key mandates of the Superfund Research Program (SRP) is to develop advanced techniques for the detection, assessment, and evaluation of the effects of hazardous substances on human health. Addressing the complex challenges posed by hazardous pollutants and mixtures of chemicals requires an integrated, multidisciplinary approach. SRP has championed this type of research since its inception.
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.
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To better protect and improve public health, federal agencies and partners are exploring new ways to evaluate chemical safety. These approaches, which include cell-based methods, chemical tests, and computational modeling that considers chemical structure, aim to replace or reduce the use of animal models and generate findings that are more relevant to humans.
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Particles in dust from abandoned uranium mines may be damaging to the lungs and heart, according to new research from the University of New Mexico (UNM) SRP Center. The researchers showed that exposure to particles less than 10 micrometers in diameter (PM10) from an old uranium mine, compared to PM10 from an area not impacted by a mine, led to increased pulmonary and cardiac toxicity in mice, as well as higher levels of inflammation and oxidative stress in cells.