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Environmental Factor

Environmental Factor

Your Online Source for NIEHS News

October 2017

street in Houston

Floods, mold, and health — Worker Training Program answers the call

The NIEHS Worker Training Program helps protect health of workers who are cleaning up from floods and other hurricane damage.

New RIVER grants fund people, not projects
Chris Bradfield

Eight environmental health scientists received new NIEHS grants that fund scientists with a record of innovative and impactful research.

Breast cancer — from awareness to prevention
brest cancer and the environment

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and at NIEHS, the spotlight is on prevention.

Global Environmental Health Day emphasizes community involvement
Baulbus, Lawson, Castranio

NIEHS Global Environmental Health Day focused on using community-engaged research and citizen science in global health settings.

Dispersants associated with health symptoms in cleanup workers
Dale Sandler

NIEHS study reports worker exposure to dispersants after the Deepwater Horizon spill is linked to cough, skin irritation, and other symptoms.

King-Herbert elected to ACLAM board
Angela King-Herbert

The National Toxicology Program’s Angela King-Herbert was elected to the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine board of directors.

EMGS conference features NIEHS scientists in key roles
Stephanie Smith-Roe

The Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society conference in North Carolina featured NIEHS scientists and postdocs in key roles.

NIEHS scientists showcase work at NIH Research Festival

NIEHS scientists showcased their research at the National Institutes of Health Research Festival, which highlights in-house scientists.

Telomere meeting draws scientists from across disciplines
Michelle Heacock

Scientific experts discussed the potential of telomeres as markers of exposure to pollutants or stress, and vulnerability to disease.

Prenatal fluoride exposure linked to lower intelligence in children
Howard Hu

Researchers reported associations between higher fluoride levels in pregnant women and lower measures of intelligence in their children.

Biostatistics postdoc moves to academia

Former NIEHS trainee Abhishek Kaul is now an assistant professor in the Washington State University Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

Speeding the adoption of alternative safety tests
Xu and Milchak

At a public meeting, National Toxicology Program scientists and others heard praise for a plan to speed adoption of nonanimal safety tests.

Unique opportunities to study health effects of arsenic and more
Habibul Ahsan

Habibul Ahsan’s innovative approaches include building strong community networks to reduce arsenic health impacts in low-resource areas.

NIEHS honors milestones in service
Linda Birnbaum and Qing Xu

NIEHS staff gathered for the Years of Service Award ceremony, honoring those who have served a decade and more, as well as retirees.

Translational science training a huge success among NIEHS fellows
Phil Ryan

The first Translational Science Training Program offered at NIEHS drew a capacity crowd of trainees from NIEHS and area universities.

NIEHS staff honored with NIH Director’s Awards
Archer and Collins

From Ebola to 50th anniversary, five NIH Director’s Awards recognized NIEHS staff achievements at a Sept. 1 ceremony.


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