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Environmental Factor

Environmental Factor

Your Online Source for NIEHS News

March 2016

Linda Birnbaum

NIEHS science informs federal response to Flint water crisis

Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., presented data on lead and current plans for addressing the Flint water crisis, at a meeting of NIH directors.

Falk lecture focuses on homeostasis in the individual neuron
Gina Turrigiano, Ph.D.

Gina Turrigiano, Ph.D., discussed the brain’s visual cortex and how neurons regulate themselves, in the Falk Lecture’s 30th year.

Arcury discusses long-term study of pesticides and farmworker health
Tom Arcury

NIEHS grantee Thomas Arcury, Ph.D., discussed long-term studies of pesticide exposures and migrant farmworker health.

Seafood consumption may reduce risk of Alzheimer’s despite mercury
Headshot of Martha Morris

New research found links between seafood consumption by some older adults and fewer signs of Alzheimer’s, despite higher levels of mercury.

Five early-career researchers recognized for innovative science

Five exceptional early-career scientists, named Outstanding New Environmental Scientists, will receive NIEHS grants totaling $2.5 million.

Black History Month — honoring the past and inspiring the future
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NIH Director Collins highlights NIH efforts to improve outreach, recruitment, retention and advancement of diverse populations.

Epigenetic enzymes and regulation of transcription
Trevor Archer

NIEHS biochemist Trevor Archer, Ph.D., discussed “Using Epigenetic Enzymes to Regulate Transcription,” in a Duke University seminar.

Friends of NIEHS gather for annual meeting
Birnbaum and Barnett

The Friends of NIEHS held its annual meeting in the Washington office of the American Academy of Pediatrics, one of the group’s members.

Transforming the brain’s representations of space
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In a study published in Nature Communications, NIEHS scientists reported a novel mechanism by which certain memories are developed.

Wolf Prize awarded to grantee Mackay
Trudy Mackay

NIEHS grantee Trudy Mackay, Ph.D., geneticist at North Carolina State University, has won the prestigious Wolf Prize.

Breysse highlights CDC environmental health activities
Headshot of Patrick Breysse

Patrick Breysse, Ph.D., visited NIEHS Feb. 19 to highlight work done by the two CDC agencies that he now directs.

NIEHS scientists shed light on how maternal folate impacts the newborn
Headshot of Stephanie London

An NIEHS-led study has identified key genes, related to folate levels in mothers, that are modified in newborns.

Council members support new NIEHS initiatives
Gwen Coleman

At the February meeting, the advisory council heard updates on programs gave a thumbs-up to three newly proposed initiatives.

Junior Leadership Durham and NIEHS enjoy healthy partnership
Junior Leadership examining lungs

Through Junior Leadership Durham, 25 high school sophomores visited NIEHS to learn about environmental health and talk with scientists.

A key protein implicated in control of inflammation
An activated macrophage in liver vasculature

A protein known as p62 is central to regulating inflammation, said NIEHS-funded researchers in a study published in the journal Cell.

Teratology Society recognizes Kleinstreuer
Nicole Kleinstreuer, Ph.D.

The Teratology Society recognized Nicole Kleinstreuer, Ph.D., from the National Toxicology Program, with the 2016 F. Clarke Fraser New Investigator Award.

NIEHS scientists stand out at regional reproductive biology meeting
Zhao and Phyllis Leppert

The spring meeting included and a poster award for trainee Fei Zhao, Ph.D., and talks by Humphrey Yao, Ph.D., and trainee Kathryn McClelland, Ph.D.

First Environments celebrates 30-year partnership with NIEHS
Ken Olden and childern

This year, staff, parents, friends, and graduates celebrate the 1986 founding of the First Environments Early Learning Center.

Expert panel agrees with draft NTP reports
Jon Mirsalis

A panel of experts agreed with draft NTP conclusions on carcinogenicity and toxicity of antimony trioxide and the metalworking fluid TRIM VX.

Connecting high throughput assay results to animal test outcomes
Warren Casey, Ph.D.

Attendees at a recent workshop identified steps needed for high throughput test data to begin serving existing toxicity testing needs.

Society of Toxicology meeting to feature sessions led by NIEHS and NTP
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Scientists from NIEHS and the National Toxicology Program will be involved in numerous sessions at the upcoming SOT meeting in New Orleans.

Fifty years of unique training opportunities at NIEHS
Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D. Director, NIEHS & NTP - Speaking

As NIEHS celebrates 50 years of scientific research, Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., reflected on developing a high-caliber training program.


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