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2012 Stories of Success

Philippe Grandjean Interview
Grantee Finds Immunotoxic Effects for PFCs in Children

November 7, 2012

Philippe Grandjean, M.D.

NIEHS grantee Philippe Grandjean, M.D., published one of the first studies to link childhood exposure to perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) with immune system deficiency. The study showed that higher levels of exposure to PFCs were associated with reduced immune responses in children, and the results point to the importance of assessing the immunotoxic potential of PFCs.
Beate Ritz
Mapping Pesticide Exposure Reveals Association with Parkinson's Disease

November 7, 2012

Beate Ritz, M.D., Ph.D.

NIEHS grantee Beate Ritz, M.D., Ph.D., uses geographic information systems (GIS) technology to study links between pesticide exposure and risk for Parkinson’s disease. Her research is uncovering important gene-environment interactions - that is, the ways in which genetic background and environmental exposures can influence a person’s susceptibility to disease.
Tyler Beach
High School Teacher's Research Experience Benefits Students

October 2, 2012

Tyler Beach

Tyler Beach spent a summer conducting environmental health research at the University of Rochester thanks to support from an NIEHS administrative supplement grant. He can draw upon this summer research experience when teaching science at Greece Athena High School in Rochester, N.Y.
Tao Device
Wearable Monitor Tracks Individual Exposures to Air Pollution

May 2, 2012

Nongjian (NJ) Tao, Ph.D

A wearable monitor developed by NIEHS grantee Nongjian (NJ) Tao, Ph.D., tracks and transmits real-time information on multiple air pollution components to which a person comes in contact.
Air Pollutants personal sensor
Researchers Partner With Community to Study Traffic-related Air Pollutants at Schools

May 2, 2012

Patrick Ryan, Ph.D

Patrick Ryan, Ph.D., is examining the impact of traffic-related pollutants on asthma in inner-city schools through a community-based research project called the Cincinnati Anti-Idling Campaign study.
Sven-Eric Jordt
ONES Awardee Studies Ion Channels Activated by Environmental Irritants

May 2, 2012

Sven-Eric Jordt, Ph.D

Sven-Eric Jordt, Ph.D., investigates sensory neuron ion channels called transient receptor potential (TRP) channels. The ion channel is found in large numbers in the eyes, where it causes tears, as well as in the throat and larynx, where it initiates the coughing reflex.
Hoerter
Undergraduate Researchers Contribute to Melanoma Research

April 30, 2012

James Hoerter, Ph.D.

James Hoerter, Ph.D., is working to understand the causes of melanoma, a type of skin cancer that claims around 8,000 lives each year in the United States. He is funded through an NIEHS Academic Enhancement Research Award (AREA), a program designed to support small-scale research projects at institutions where primary focus is undergraduates.
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