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Environmental Factor

Environmental Factor

Your Online Source for NIEHS News

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Students shine as Scholars Connect wraps fourth year
Lucas Van Gorder

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Earth Week events abound at NIEHS
Cathy Jamison

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

Carcinogens concepts receive input from NTP advisers
Ruth Lunn

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

Estrogen receptor alpha is required for metabolic health
Andrea Hevener

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

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

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


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