Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility News

COEC collaboration will engage youth and public health professionals on climate & health

The Community Outreach and Engagement Core (COEC) in the UNC-Chapel Hill Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility—together with COECs from the NIEHS Center for Environmental Health in Northern Manhattan at Columbia University and the Harvard-NIEHS Center for Environmental Health at Harvard University—received a $100,000 supplemental grant from NIEHS to foster climate literacy among high school… Read more »

UNC-CEHS Seminar Series features Dr. Bevin Engelward of MIT on October 26

The UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility (CEHS) is pleased to announce the seminar “Part 1: DNA Damage, an Unexpected Pathogenicity Factor for Pneumonia; Part 2: Novel Technologies for Measuring Genotoxicity and Cytotoxicity,” featuring Dr. Bevin P. Engelward, Professor of Biological Engineering at MIT. This seminar, which is part of the UNC-CEHS Seminar Series,… Read more »

UNC-led team to study California’s high agricultural productivity despite years of drought

Dr. Gregory Characklis will lead a three-year, $3 million National Science Foundation-funded study to examine the interdependency of systems that supply food, energy and water in California. His research team will consider how, despite years of drought, the state has seen increases in the production of farm-raised food. Is that situation sustainable?

Engel shares Research on Environmental Health Concerns in Deepwater Horizon GuLF STUDY

On Thursday August 18, Dr. Larry Engel, associate professor in the UNC Department of Epidemiology and UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility member, was invited to present his research at a UNC Institute for the Environment (IE) Brown Bag Seminar. The seminars are designed for sharing environmental science research studies in UNC IE and… Read more »

Olshan elected president of Society for Epidemiologic Research

July 6, 2016 Andrew Olshan, PhD, Barbara Sorenson Hulka Distinguished Professor in Cancer Epidemiology and chair of the epidemiology department in the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been elected president of the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER). SER is the oldest and largest general epidemiology society in North America…. Read more »

CEHS Researcher Wins Coveted Nobel Prize for Chemistry

The UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility (CEHS) congratulates its longtime member and collaborator Dr. Aziz Sancar for winning the 2015 Nobel Prize for Chemistry. In announcing the prize, the Nobel Committee cited Dr. Sancar’s groundbreaking work revealing the mechanisms of nucleotide excision repair.  Throughout his 33-year career at UNC-Chapel Hill, Dr. Sancar’s work has… Read more »

Interdisciplinary Research Approach Leads to Better Understanding of Connections between Air Quality and Heart Health

With more than two million North Carolina adults diagnosed with heart disease, asthma and other cardiopulmonary diseases, researchers in the Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility are committed to a research approach that calls on researchers from varied disciplines to understand genetic and environmental influences underlying these conditions in an effort to reduce the incidence… Read more »

Epigenetics leaves the lab

The study of epigenetics, or how heritable changes in gene expression are caused by mechanisms other than DNA mutation, is increasingly the focus of environmental health sciences research, with more and more scientists finding evidence that epigenetic modifications to DNA may be contributing to certain disease outcomes. CEHS researcher Liza Makowski, PhD, is examining a… Read more »

COEC Supports Local Partners through Asthma Initiatives

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that impacts 1 out of 10 North Carolina residents –particularly vulnerable populations, including African American and Native American communities and low-income households (North Carolina State Health Statistics). Many health professionals in local and state health agencies are working to understand and identify environmental exposures that exacerbate asthma and to… Read more »

CEHS stakeholders learn about climate change and health

As climate change continues to emerge as a public health concern worldwide, researchers in the UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility (CEHS) are connecting the associated increases in air pollution with cardiopulmonary disease. Jason West, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global… Read more »