In environmental health research, PFAS, a group of more than 5,000 chemicals, are gaining notoriety for being ubiquitous and potentially harmful. These per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances are held together by extremely strong bonds; they resist breakdown, persisting worldwide in sediments, surface and ground water, wildlife, and our own bodies.
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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NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) grantees use innovative approaches to understand how people are exposed to per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and potential health effects. They study how PFAS move and change in the environment and how to clean them up to better protect human health. They also work closely with affected communities to communicate potential health risks and empower individuals to reduce their exposures and protect their health.
SRP Director William Suk, Ph.D., M.P.H., is representing NIEHS on the e-ASIA Joint Research Program, an initiative launched by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the National Cancer Institute. The program aims to develop a collaborative international research community to promote innovation in the East Asian region.
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SRP grantees developed a new computational approach to predict how hazardous substances may affect health based on key changes in cells. Led by April Z. Gu, Ph.D., of the Northeastern University Puerto Rico Testsite for Exploring Contamination Threats (PROTECT) SRP Center, researchers used machine learning and advanced algorithms to link biological changes from high throughput cell studies with health outcomes observed in animal studies.
Timothy Phillips, Ph.D., and team at the Texas A&M University SRP Center developed therapeutic sorbent technology to reduce the ability of hazardous chemicals to harm the body. These edible sorbents decrease exposures by binding to chemicals, like per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), in the intestines.