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Environmental Factor

Environmental Factor

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May 2016

World Asthma Day Banner

May is Asthma Awareness Month and NIEHS highlights research

May is a good time to highlight NIEHS support for research on asthma causes, triggers, and interventions.

Balbum, Murthy, Thigpen Tart
NIEHS helps write landmark report on climate change and human health

NIEHS played a vital role developing a scientific assessment of the impacts of climate change on human health in the United States.

Joel Schwartz, Ph.D.
Who lives and dies in a hotter world, challenges for researchers

Joel Schwartz, Ph.D., discussed the challenges of studying direct effects of temperature, and impacts on different populations.

Jean Harry, Ph.D.
Alzheimer’s researchers consider brain metals, iron needs closer look

NIEHS scientists found metals levels in brain fluid do not represent frontal cortex levels, and samples from Alzheimer’s patients had more iron.

Packenhame and Reid, Ph.D. standing next to each other
Women’s Health Awareness Day educates and inspires

The second Women’s Health Awareness Day educated and inspired nearly 600 women, men, and children, with a focus on environmental health.

Fred Tyson, Ph.D.
Connecting oceans, lakes, and human health

NIEHS Oceans and Human Health research program grantees shared findings on algal blooms in oceans and Great Lakes, and marine pollutants.

Doug Bell, Ph.D.
Mechanism may protect against neurodegenerative disease

NIEHS scientists reported a mechanism that may reduce neurodegenerative disorders, involving NRF2 and tau, a brain molecule.

Deirdre Tucker, a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) predoctoral fellow in the Reproductive Endocrinology Group of the National Toxicology Program (NTP)
NTP star trainee receives three awards for her work

NTP predoctoral trainee Dierdre Tucker received three awards for her studies on health effects of alternatives to bisphenol A.

Gerard Karsenty, M.D., Ph.D.
The wide-ranging effects of a bone protein

Gerard Karsenty, M.D., Ph.D., described the many biological roles of osteocalcin, a bone protein, in the April NIEHS Distinguished Lecture.

Mark Zylka, Ph.D.
Certain Fungicides May Play a Role in Autism, Neurodegenerative Diseases

Mouse brain cells exposed to certain fungicides showed gene expression changes similar to those in autism and Alzheimer’s disease, say NIEHS grantees.

SRP Director Bill Suk, Ph.D.
International environmental health conference crosses borders and disciplines

The Superfund Research Program co-sponsored a conference in Prague, to highlight promising approaches reducing exposures in the region.

Lucas Van Gorder
Students shine as Scholars Connect wraps fourth year

The NIEHS Scholars Connect Spring Symposium recognized the four students completing their year and named one as Outstanding NSCP Scholar.

Dan Wheeland and Linda Birnbaum
NIEHS breaks ground for secure, net zero energy warehouse

The new warehouse is projected to generate more power than it uses and will provide an added measure of security.

Richard Santen, M.D.
Treating menopause symptoms without promoting breast cancer

Three NIEHS labs hosted Richard Santen, M.D., who discussed compounds that may relieve menopause symptoms without promoting breast cancer.

Brian Chorley, Ph.D.
Geneticists highlight communication, outreach, and careers

The Genetics and Environmental Mutagenesis Society’s spring meeting took a new approach, focusing on outreach and communicating science.

Ericka Reid, Ph.D.
NIEHS teacher training partnership turns 21

In 21 years of partnership, NIEHS and the North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research have served more than 700 educators.

Cathy Jamison
Earth Week events abound at NIEHS

NIEHS celebrated Earth Day for a whole week, with a theme, “Then, Now, and Next,” inspired by NIEHS anniversary observances.

Ruth Lunn
Carcinogens concepts receive input from NTP advisers

National Toxicology Program advisers gave scientific input on the bacteria Helicobacter pylori, and certain water disinfection by-products.

Andrea Hevener
Estrogen receptor alpha is required for metabolic health

Andrea Hevener, Ph.D., discussed the critical role of estradiol and estrogen receptor alpha for proper metabolic function in men and women.

Vasili Vasiliou, Ph.D.
Yale environmental health program broadens focus

Vasili Vasiliou, Ph.D., shared his vision for the future of the Yale Department of Environmental Health Sciences.


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