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Environmental Factor

Environmental Factor

Your Online Source for NIEHS News

October 2021

Anika Dzierlenga and Vicki Sutherland

Scientists explore exposures, microbiome, and nervous system

Seventeen experts examined the gut-brain connection and its role in environmental health during two-day NIEHS workshop.

NIEHS Director's Corner

Research into gene-environment interactions advanced by NIEHS

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Lead researchers on the Personalized Environment and Genes Study told me why the effort means good news for participants, other scientists.

Rick Woychik, Ph.D. - Director, NIEHS & NTP
Jacob Kresovich, Ph.D.
New breast cancer risk score developed by NIEHS scientists

By adding DNA methylation data to risk information from other sources, researchers can better predict which women will develop the disease.

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Helene Langevin, M.D.
Whole person health, COVID-19 research hot topics at council meeting

Efforts to support studies involving underrepresented populations and to increase diversity in the scientific workforce also were discussed.

Kenneth Olden, Ph.D.
Innovation prize awarded to former NIEHS Director Kenneth Olden

The Health and Environmental Sciences Institute recognized him for his lifetime of work advancing health equity.

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Harmonizing research vocabulary could spur discovery, collaboration

Scientists involved with the Environmental Health Language Collaborative shared challenges, opportunities during workshop hosted by NIEHS.

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Cheryl Walker, Ph.D.
Epigenomics sheds light on environment and disease, experts say

The epigenome refers to chemical modifications on DNA or the proteins associated with DNA that are heritable and affect gene expression.

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Research trainees celebrated during NIEHS Fellow Appreciation Week

Their contributions to environmental health sciences research are key to the institute accomplishing its mission.

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Novel technology, new contaminants, and safety addressed in training

Through NIEHS funding, industrial hygienists and researchers learn how to safely assess, handle, and manage emerging hazardous materials.

Lida Chatzi, M.D., Ph.D.
PFAS exposure may increase diabetes risk in Latina adolescents

NIEHS-funded study found link between exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances and changes in glucose metabolism.

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Coping with grief and loss during COVID-19 focus of webinar

The NIEHS Women’s Health Awareness program hosted the Sept. 9 event, which featured insights from grief expert Alesia Alexander.

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NIEHS employees help raise 7 million pounds of food for needy families

Donations were part of the annual Feds Feed Families campaign, a national effort among federal employees.

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