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Public Health Impacts

Superfund Research Program

One of the primary goals of SRP-funded research is to improve public health. Thus, the Program supports a wide range of research to address the broad public health concerns arising from the release of hazardous substances into the environment. The intent is to provide sound science to those making public policy, regulatory, and risk reduction decisions. SRP-funded research has been successful in this area as studies have improved our understanding and minimizing the health effects associated with exposures to environmental contaminants. The following stories provide information on public health impacts. They are merely highlights and represent the breadth of work SRP researchers undertake. To see older stories, visit our archives page.


Triclosan promotes liver tumor growth in mice

Poster Session
A collaborative study performed by NIEHS-funded scientists from the University of California (UC) San Diego and UC Davis showed that long-term exposure to triclosan promotes the growth of liver tumors in laboratory mice, raising concerns about its safety for humans. Triclosan is a common antibacterial chemical used in a wide variety of consumer products such as cosmetics, soaps, detergents, and toothpaste. Read more...

NIEHS Superfund research training spurs collaboration with EPA

Bus Stop
The University of Pennsylvania Superfund Research Program (Penn SRP) Center worked closely with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to plan a day of training on mobile air monitoring technology, groundwater restoration, and community involvement for staff from the EPA mid-Atlantic regional office. The Penn SRP Center and the EPA regional office both work to reduce the health effects of asbestos, which is a significant health concern in some areas of Pennsylvania. The event provided attendees an opportunity to exchange innovative environmental health research. Read more...

SRP Student Highlight: Li Xiao, University of Kentucky

Li Xiao

Li Xiao, Ph.D., made extraordinary advances in how synthetic membranes can be used for water treatment during her graduate work at the University of Kentucky Superfund Research Program (Kentucky SRP). Her engineering research integrates nanotechnology and membrane systems to detoxify water through the use of non-toxic nanoparticles and green chemistry approaches. Read more...

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