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Environmental Factor

Environmental Factor

Your Online Source for NIEHS News

December 2019

R. Thomas Zoeller, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts

Endocrine disruptor identification begins with biology

Based on how hormones act in the body, experts proposed 10 key characteristics of endocrine-disrupting chemicals, to help identify hazards.

NIEHS celebrates 17th Annual Science Days
Darryl Zeldin, M.D.

The institute honored its early-career scientists, who gave talks on breast cancer and gastric inflammation, among other topics.

Trainees present posters, exchange ideas during Science Days
Hans Luecke, Ph.D., asking a question during the presentation

Day 2 featured almost 90 poster presentations and a workshop on navigating the research grant application process.

NIH seeks data policy input
profiles of people's shadows with 0s and 1s overlayed

Environmental health researchers and others may comment on the National Institutes of Health draft policy on data management and sharing.

Trevor Archer named NIH Distinguished Investigator
 Trevor Archer, Ph.D.

His research has demonstrated that understanding chromatin proteins and stem cell regulation is important for the future of medicine.

Botanicals in the limelight during scientists’ social media Q&A
Botanical dietary supplements and essential oils in glass jars

NIH, American Botanical Council, and Campbell University experts answered questions from the public about botanical dietary supplements.

Telomere crisis can cause genome changes found in cancer
Titia de Lange, Ph.D.

Titia de Lange describes how the shortening of chromosome caps called telomeres can lead to genome instability and cancer progression.

NIEHS provides analysis for Apple Women’s Health Study
Screenshot of the women's health study on an Apple iPhone and watch

The long-term study will evaluate menstrual cycles and such health conditions as infertility and osteoporosis.

Connecting Parkinson’s disease, pesticides, and genes
Beate Ritz speaking to the audience

A long-term study in California shows different ways that pesticide exposures and genetics combine to increase risk of Parkinson’s disease.

NIEHS welcomes two Stadtman researchers
Benedict Anchang, Ph.D.

Benedict Anchang and Marcos Morgan bring their expertise in computational biology and RNA regulation, respectively, to environmental health.

North Carolina scientists, policymakers take on PFAS
close up of test tube with clear liquid being held by hand with blue gloves

Experts met in Durham to brainstorm solutions to problems posed by the man-made chemicals.

Translational Research Framework gains a following
Kristi Pettibone, Ph.D.

An NIEHS-developed tool to track movement of environmental health research toward public health benefits is gaining wide interest.

Superfund Wetterhahn Award goes to Elana Elkin
Elana Elkin, Ph.D. and Gwen Collman, Ph.D.

Elana Elkin, Ph.D., received the 2019 Karen Wetterhahn Memorial Award for her work on placental development and function.

Origins of cancer examined at Durham conference
Amy Wang, Ph.D., NTP

Attendees focused on factors that can cause cancer without damaging DNA, through changing the activity of nuclear receptors.

Public health, climate change spotlighted at APHA conference
John Balbus, M.D.

The work of NIEHS staff members and grant recipients was showcased at the American Public Health Association’s annual meeting.

NIEHS honors military veterans with celebration, charity drive
Rick Woychik, Ph.D.

The event was marked by powerful speeches — and miniature therapy horses.

Unique partnership improves care for people with limb loss
Stella Sieber holding microphone

NIEHS biologist Stella Sieber and Duke nurse Nancy Payne recount the challenges of recovering from limb loss for Diversity Speaker Series.


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