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Superfund Research Program News

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 »

Two student groups win Gillings Student Organization Service Project Awards

  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 »

Superfund researchers explore new pathways to understand arsenic-induced birth defects

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, PhD receives the Syngenta Fellowship Award at 2013 Society of Toxicology Meeting

  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 »

Bringing attention to a previously unrecognized water quality issue in North Carolina

  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 »

Shea presents findings from Deepwater Horizon study

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 »

ESE students win top three spots at toxicology poster competition

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 »