Superfund Research Program News

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 »

Journalists and science writers share expertise with SRPs from across the country

At the 2012 SRP annual meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina, the UNC Research Translation Core and Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting hosted a 4-hour science communication workshop to help SRP investigators tackle the challenges of communicating research findings to diverse audiences. The workshop featured current and former journalists and science writers , a… Read more »

Measuring changes in toxicity of oil spills over time

NASA Satellite Image of BP Oil Spill When the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, it caused the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history. The main toxic component of this crude oil was a class of compounds called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH); exposure to PAHs… Read more »

Chemical once used in degreasing, dry cleaning classified as carcinogenic

November 06, 2012 Trichloroethylene (TCE), a chemical that was often used as a degreaser and in dry cleaning, has been reclassified from a cancer “hazard” to “carcinogenic to humans” during an evaluation by 18 international scientists, including Ivan Rusyn, MD, PhD. Dr. Ivan Rusyn Rusyn is professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the Gillings… Read more »

ESE student’s practicum project aims to improve human health assessment

October 31, 2012 How do plasticizers, such as diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), cause cancer?   Mary Kushman, MD, a Master of Public Health candidate in environmental sciences and engineering at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, asked the question in her role as a fellow with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Human Health Risk… Read more »

UNC SRP presents cutting-edge research to ATSDR

Recognizing a need for increased collaborative research, engagement, and translation between the Superfund Research Program (SRP) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), the two agencies held a joint meeting in August 2012 entitled Connecting Research and Practice: A Dialogue between ATSDR and the NIEHS Superfund Research Program.   UNC SRP was… Read more »

UNC researchers collaborate with EPA CompTox Program

In May 2012, UNC SRP Deputy Director Ivan Rusyn, MD, PhD and Biostatistics Core Leader Fred Wright, PhD presented a workshop in California to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) staff , providing introductions to two software tools aimed at facilitating the work of public health officials charged with assessing… Read more »

Introducing teachers to emerging science

Dr. Rebecca Fry (left) with Research Translation Core staff, Dana Haine (right) and workshop participant In an effort to make SRP content relevant to North Carolina’s high school biology curriculum, the RTC is developing outreach activities designed to help teachers address the topic of DNA structure and function in the context of environmental health by… Read more »

Determining how mother’s exposure to toxins during pregnancy impacts baby’s health

Dr. Rebeccca Fry, with graduate student Alison Sanders and Bhavesh Ahir, Post Doctoral Research Associate A research study led by UNC SRP researcher Rebecca Fry tested blood samples from more than 200 pregnant women in North Carolina for arsenic, cadmium, mercury, and lead. What the research team found was disconcerting: As reported in a March… Read more »

Sanders presents to General Assembly

As recipient of the 2011 UNC-Chapel Hill GEAB Impact Award, Allie Sanders, a PhD candidate in Dr. Rebecca Fry’s laboratory, presented findings of her work on arsenic in North Carolina wells with State Legislators in Raleigh, NC in May 2012.   Sanders’ study provides public health officials and individual consumers with valuable information about arsenic… Read more »