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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.

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

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

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Arcury discusses long-term study of pesticides and farmworker health

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

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Seafood consumption may reduce risk of Alzheimer’s despite mercury

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

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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.

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Black History Month — honoring the past and inspiring the future

NIH Director Collins highlights NIH efforts to improve outreach, recruitment, retention and advancement of diverse populations.

Trevor Archer
Epigenetic enzymes and regulation of transcription

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

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Friends of NIEHS gather for annual meeting

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

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Transforming the brain’s representations of space

In a study published in Nature Communications, NIEHS scientists reported a novel mechanism by which certain memories are developed.

Trudy Mackay
Wolf Prize awarded to grantee Mackay

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

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Breysse highlights CDC environmental health activities

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

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NIEHS scientists shed light on how maternal folate impacts the newborn

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

Gwen Coleman
Council members support new NIEHS initiatives

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

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Junior Leadership Durham and NIEHS enjoy healthy partnership

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

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A key protein implicated in control of inflammation

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

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Teratology Society recognizes Kleinstreuer

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

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NIEHS scientists stand out at regional reproductive biology meeting

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.

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First Environments celebrates 30-year partnership with NIEHS

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

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Expert panel agrees with draft NTP reports

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

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Connecting high throughput assay results to animal test outcomes

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

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Society of Toxicology meeting to feature sessions led by NIEHS and NTP

Scientists from NIEHS and the National Toxicology Program will be involved in numerous sessions at the upcoming SOT meeting in New Orleans.

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Fifty years of unique training opportunities at NIEHS

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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