Superfund Research Program News

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 »

  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 »

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 »

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 »

  March 16, 2013   Two student endeavors focused on environmental sciences initiatives have won the Gillings School of Global Public Health 2013 Gillings Student Organization Service Project Award. The projects were spearheaded by the Environmental Sciences and Engineering Student Organization (ENVRSO) and A Drink for Tomorrow. Each group will be awarded $1,500 to help… Read more »

Researchers in Rebecca Fry’s laboratory in the UNC Superfund Research Program have developed a novel strategy for predicting the biological pathways that can influence environmentally induced birth defects–findings which may provide insight into the prevention and treatment of these defects. In a study published in the March 2013 edition of Environmental Health Perspectives, postdoctoral researchers… Read more »

  Julia Rager, former PhD student and now postdoctoral researcher in Dr. Rebecca Fry’s lab received the Syngenta Fellowship Award in Human Health Applications of New Technologies at the 2013 Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. The award was presented for the project titled, “Elucidating the Relationship between Exposure-Induced DNA Damage and… Read more »

  SRP researcher Dr. Rebecca Fry is helping to bring attention to a previously unrecognized water quality issue in North Carolina – arsenic in groundwater. Dr. Fry’s research on the presence of arsenic in private wells in North Carolina was featured in the article Water Rights and Wrongs in the January/February 2013 Issue of Carolina… Read more »

Dr. Damian Shea UNC SRP Researcher Damian Shea, of NC State University, presented findings from a study of the potential for exposure to and accumulation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and other oil components in the food chain following the BP Deepwater Horizon well blowout during a symposium at the Society of Environmental Toxicology and… Read more »

February 25, 2013   Nour Abdo, Julia Rager and Jessica Wignall, students at Gillings School of Global Public Health, captured the top three awards in a poster competition held at the spring meeting of the North Carolina regional chapter of the Society of Toxicology on Feb.21 at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offices in Research… Read more »