My final Director's Letter for the NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) Science Digest fittingly coincides with our celebration of 35 years of the program. I will retire from my position at NIEHS in December. When I became SRP's first director, I envisioned serving a short term before exploring other career paths. But the incredible support from my mentors at NIEHS — Kenneth Olden, Sam Wilson, David Schwartz, Linda Birnbaum, and others — kept me on this journey. The unmatched program staff within SRP over the years have also been instrumental in bringing the vision for this program to life.
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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As we celebrate the 35th anniversary of the NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP), we look back on some of the significant contributions that our grantees have made towards advancing environmental and human health. These examples are just a few of the many important outcomes of the program.
SRP staff published a commentary in a special issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health describing the program’s contribution to climate change-related research. It highlights how SRP-funded researchers, in collaboration with community partners and other stakeholders, reveal how harmful chemicals are redistributed during climate disasters and how they can affect people’s health and well-being.
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NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP)-funded researchers found that elevated levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the blood of participants of the GenX Exposure Study were associated with higher cholesterol. Led by Jane Hoppin, ScD., of the North Carolina State University SRP Center, the study started in 2017 in response to the concerns of residents of Wilmington, North Carolina, about PFAS in their drinking water.
CycloPure, Inc. has adapted their SRP-funded technology, DEXSORB+, into several products to detect and remove per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from water. DEXSORB+ uses cup-shaped cyclodextrins, sugar molecules bound together into rings, to bind and remove PFAS.