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Superfund Research Program News

UNC toxicologists present NexGen tools to Canada’s national health agency

July 09, 2013 Members of the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Carolina Center for Computational Toxicology conducted a workshop at Health Canada, in Ottawa on June 25, to introduce public health workers to computational toxicology tools for Next Generation (NexGen) environmental risk assessment.Health Canada, similar to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,… Read more »

Dr. Rusyn discusses environmental chemicals and emerging research in toxicogenetics

Dr. Ivan Rusyn was recently featured in an interview about environmental chemicals and toxicogenetic research in the “Ask the Scientist” features of the News & Observer and Charlotte Observer.   During the interview, Dr. Rusyn described the challenges of evaluating chemical safety as well as new research to better understand how genetics can influence how… Read more »

Researchers use crowdsourcing to explore how genetics affect our response to toxins

June 10, 2013   A new collaboration of industry, government agencies and academia aims to better understand – through crowdsourcing – how a person’s individual genetics can influence the body’s response when it is exposed to certain environmental and pharmaceutical chemicals.Organized and led by scientists from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Sage… Read more »

Preparing investigators for technology transfer and commercialization

On March 25, 1013 eighteen participants, including SRP trainees, faculty and staff from UNC’s Gillings School of Public Health and NIEHS staff member Beth Andersen, took part in a Technology Development Boot Camp sponsored by the UNC SRP Research Translation Core and the Office of Technology Development.   Boot Camp participants learned how to translate… Read more »

Alison Sanders, PhD candidate in Dr. Rebecca Fry’s lab, receives 2013 NC Impact Award

SRP trainee Allie Sanders was selected as a 2013 recipient of the UNC Graduate Education Advancement Board (GEAB) Impact Award. This award recognizes UNC graduate students whose research will benefit the citizens of North Carolina.   Allie is being recognized for her research on prenatal exposure to toxic metals through a study of pregnant women… Read more »

Kyle Messier, PhD candidate in Dr. Serre’s lab, receives NC Impact Award

Kyle Messier, PhD candidate in Dr. Marc Serre’s lab, was also selected as a 2013 recipient of the UNC Graduate Education Advancement (GAEB) Impact Award.   Kyle’s research has focused on integrating multiple GIS methods to estimate tetrachloroethylene (PCE) in North Carolina groundwater. His research integrated geocoding, land-use regression modeling, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and… Read more »

Rusyn appointed to NRC committees to evaluate human cancer hazard of formaldehyde and styrene

April 04, 2013 An environmental sciences and engineering professor at Gillings School of Global Public Health once again will lend his expertise to a national group of scientists charged with evaluating the validity of research about potentially carcinogenic chemicals. Dr. Ivan Rusyn Ivan Rusyn, MD, PhD, begins service this month as an appointed member of… Read more »

Improving understanding of community knowledge and concerns at newly designated NPL sites in NC

  Officials perform a site visit at the Horton Iron & Metal Co. The Superfund Research Program helps solve complex health and environmental issues associated with Superfund sites and also improves our ability to understand and response to the needs of communities living near hazardous waste sites. In 2012, the UNC Research Translation Core (RTC)… Read more »

Advances in science allow more accurate assessment of exposure risks

Scientific advances led by investigators in the UNC Superfund Research Program are making it possible to assess cancer risks from exposure to chemicals more accurately than ever before. This increased precision will enable regulators and policymakers to set more realistic, data-supported thresholds for clean-up of Superfund sites and other contaminated areas. Using state-of-the-art mass spectrometry… Read more »

SRP researchers explore links between formaldehyde and epigenetic alterations

Dr. James Swenberg A collaboration between project investigators in the Superfund Research Program has helped to better understand how exposure to formaldehyde can cause significant health effects. Drs. Rebecca Fry and James Swenberg partnered to explore possible epigenetic changes resulting from formaldehyde exposure, particularly the expression of microRNAs (miRNAs) in nasal tissue, and how those… Read more »