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April 2011

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NIEHS Deputy Director Richard Woychik, Ph.D.NIEHS wants visionary ideas for strategic planning

NIEHS is seeking input for its new strategic plan. There are two ways for people to get involved now, by submitting a visionary idea and nominating a workshop participant.

Gulf Study logoNIH launches largest oil spill health study

The GuLF STUDY (Gulf Long-term Follow-up Study) will follow 55,000 cleanup workers and volunteers in four states affected by the oil spill for up to 10 years.

Captain Bob ZalesShaping protocol for the GuLF STUDY

Two weeks after launching the historic GuLF STUDY (Gulf Long-term Follow-up Study), NIH study leaders met with advisory groups March 14-16 for input on their protocol.

Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., NIEHS/NTP director50th SOT meeting breaks recordStory contains audio

The yearlong anticipation of the 50th annual meeting of the Society of Toxicology (SOT) came to a successful culmination March 6-10 with a record-setting 8,000 attendees.

Tox21 logoDedication of new Tox21 robot system to test 10,000 chemicals for toxicity

Key players involved in the Tox21 effort gathered March 10 at the NIH Chemical Genomics Center to dedicate a new high-speed robot screening system.

Sophie Bolick, Ph.D.Postdoctoral trainee launches career in health care communications

Sophie Bolick, Ph.D., left NIEHS recently for a position at MedThink Communications, a health care communications company in Raleigh, N.C.

Thomas Insel, M.D.NIMH director reaches out to NIEHS

Director of the National Institute of Mental Health Thomas Insel, M.D., explored the topic of "Why NIMH Cares About NIEHS" during a presentation here March 1.

N.C. DEAO Director Edythe McKinneyEnvironmental stewards hold annual meeting at NIEHS

Continuing a five-year tradition, NIEHS hosted the North Carolina Environmental Stewardship Initiative annual meeting March 11 in Robell Auditorium.

Judit Marsillach Lopez, Ph.D.University of Washington trainee headed to Lindau

University of Washington trainee Judit Marsillach Lopez, Ph.D., will attend the prestigious Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting June 26-July 1 in Germany.

Quiana ChildressYoung NIEHS fellow featured in new video

As she pursues her dream of becoming a doctor, trainee Quiana Childress stars in a new video produced by her sorority to help raise funds for scholarships.

John Balbus, M.D.NIEHS participants at upcoming NAS workshop on the microbiome

NIEHS is playing a major role as sponsor and participant in the upcoming workshop on "Interplay of the Microbiome, Environmental Stressors, and Human Health," April 27-28.

Smiling young womanMark your calendars for the NIEHS career fair

The 14th annual NIEHS Biomedical Career Fair will be held April 29 at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency conference center in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

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Inside the Institute

Peter BakerBlack History Month forum focuses on mental health

The RTP Chapter of Blacks In Government and the NIEHS Diversity Council sponsored a program Feb. 23 on health issues in the African-American community.

Regina WilliamsNIEHS helps teachers learn how to teach science more effectively

Teachers from across North Carolina gathered in Rodbell Auditorium Feb. 28 to draw on the resources of NIEHS to liven up their science lessons.

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Calendar of Upcoming Events

  • April 5, in Rodbell Auditorium, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. - NTP Technical Reports Peer Review Meeting
  • April 5-6 (offsite event), at the Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington, D.C., 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. - Workshop on Enhancing the Food and Drug Administration's Evaluation of Science to Ensure Chemicals Added to Human Food Are Safe
  • April 7, in Keystone 1003AB, 10:00-11:00 a.m. - Keystone Science Lecture Seminar Series with Olivier Deschenes, Ph.D., topic TBA
  • April 11, in Rodbell Auditorium, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Yikang Rong, Ph.D., discussing "Sequence-independent telomere maintenance in Drosophila," as part of the Laboratory of Molecular Genetics Fellows Invited Guest Lectures Series
  • April 11, in Rodbell Auditorium, 1:30-2:30 p.m. - Seminar on "A New NHGRI/NIH Strategic Plan: Charting a Course for Genomic Medicine" by Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D.
  • April 12, in Rodbell Auditorium, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Distinguished Lecture by Ron de Kloet, Ph.D., on "Resilience or vulnerability to environmental challenge? A question of stress, genes, and balance"
  • April 13, in Rodbell Auditorium, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. - NTP Board of Scientific Counselors Meeting
  • April 14-15, in Rodbell Auditorium, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. - GEI Exposure Biology Grantee Meeting
  • April 22, in Rodbell Auditorium, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Distinguished Lecture by Edison Liu, M.D., "Systems Biology in Cancer Medicine: Harnessing Complexity"
  • April 25, in Rodbell Auditorium, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Presentation by Jodi Nunnari, Ph.D., title TBA, as part of the Laboratory of Molecular Genetics Fellows Invited Guest Lectures Series
  • April 27, in Rodbell Auditorium, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. - Symposium on Sirtuins in Aging and Age-associated Diseases
  • April 27-28 (offsite event), at the 20 F Street Conference Center in Washington, D.C. - Emerging Science for Environmental Health Decisions workshop, "Interplay of the Microbiome, Environmental Stressors, and Human Health," register ( Exit NIEHS
  • April 29 (offsite event), at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency conference center in Research Triangle Park, N.C., 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. - 14th Annual NIEHS Biomedical Career Fair

View More Events: NIEHS Public Calendar

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Science Notebook

Jerry Heindel, Ph.D.NIEHS scientists join forces with green chemists

The scientists worked toward development of a consensus statement and green testing protocols for bringing a next generation of safer chemicals into the marketplace.

Rebecca Fry, Ph.D.Fry outlines a systems level approach to understanding arsenic

During a seminar at Duke University Feb. 25, NIEHS grantee Rebecca Fry, Ph.D., explored this chemical as a medicine and as a poison.

Jean Harry, Ph.D.Microglia: A complex resident immune cell of the brain

NIEHS Principal Investigator Jean Harry, Ph.D., introduced the complex processes of neuroinflammation in the brain during a talk March 4 at Duke University.

SOT 50th Anniversary logoTrainees honored for scholarship and service by SOT

Four NIEHS/NTP trainees returned home from the 50th anniversary meeting of the Society of Toxicology with honors for their exceptional scholarship and service.

Xueqian (Shirley) Wang, Ph.D.Research fellow shines at drug development meeting

Xueqian (Shirley) Wang, Ph.D., received a first-place prize for her poster presentation at the RTP Drug Metabolism Discussion Group Winter Symposium March 17.

Michael Resnick, Ph.D.NIEHS investigators find link between DNA damage and immune response

NIEHS researchers offer the first evidence that DNA damage can lead to the regulation of inflammatory responses, the body's reaction to injury.

Anton Jetten, Ph.D.Jetten to investigate a novel stem cell treatment for diabetes

NIH announced on Feb. 25 supplemental support of $86,000 in fiscal year 2011 for an innovative research project headed by NIEHS cell biologist Anton Jetten, Ph.D.

Isaac Wirgin, Ph.D.Pollution leads to rapid evolution in some fish speciesStory contains audio

New NIEHS-funded Superfund research finds a population of Atlantic tomcod (Microgadus tomcod) in the Hudson River has rapidly evolved resistance to PCBs.

John Meeker, Sc.D.Infertility linked to PCB exposure

NIH-funded investigators report that PCBs, in concentrations representative among the general U.S. population, were associated with failed embryo implantations.

Dan Baden, Ph.D.New hope in the treatment of cystic fibrosis

NIEHS-funded scientists recently unveiled the discovery of a potential therapeutic that could dramatically transform the treatment of lung diseases.

Seung Hee Kim, Ph.D.Agreement increases international cooperation to reduce animal testing

Korea joined partners in the U.S., E.U., Canada, and Japan, as representatives signed an historic Memorandum of Cooperation in Washington, D.C., March 8.

Russell Thomas, Ph.D.Thomas explores advances in risk assessment using genomics

Toxicologist Russell Thomas, Ph.D., a genomics specialist at The Hamner, spoke at NIEHS March 21 on the application of non-traditional approaches to risk assessment.

EHP logoThis month in EHP

The April issue of EHP takes a look at a new trend in public health preparedness in its feature article,"Preparing a People: Climate Change in Public Health."

Ron de Kloet, Ph.D.Upcoming distinguished lecturer Ron de Kloet

The NIEHS Distinguished Lecture Series continues a series of talks on neuroscience when it hosts a lecture by neuroendocrinologist Ron de Kloet, Ph.D., April 12.

Edison Liu, M.D.Upcoming distinguished lecturer Edison Liu

The Distinguished Lecture Series shifts gears on April 22 when it hosts geneticist Edison Liu, M.D., for a talk on "Systems Biology in Cancer Medicine: Harnessing Complexity."

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Extramural Research

Extramural Papers of the Month

Intramural Research

Intramural Papers of the Month

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