UNC Superfund Research Program’s Project 3 team is studying how arsenic exposure and the gut microbiome interact to cause diabetes. One challenge, according to Project leader Kun Lu, PhD, is this research requires the measurement of many signaling molecules, tryptophan metabolites and bacterial indole derivatives found in several different parts of the body that aid communication... Read more »
As the Data Management and Analysis Core (DMAC) researchers prepare to develop a portal of interactive maps displaying environmental exposures and social stressors, they asked community partners during a recent UNC SRP Public Health Action Committee (PHAC) meeting what they would like to see in the tool. During the UNC SRP’s February PHAC meeting, researchers... Read more »
Dr. Rebecca Fry, Director of the UNC Superfund Research Program, was featured this month in a Q&A article in Knowable Magazine for her long-term research on arsenic pollution. In the article, “Battling arsenic pollution”, Dr. Fry describes her history with arsenic research and explains why arsenic is an issue. Click here to read the article... Read more »
On November 16, 2020, the UNC SRP Community Engagement Core convened the first meeting of the Public Health Advisory Committee (PHAC). Members of this advisory board include representatives from county environmental and public health departments, water quality and environmental justice organizations, and the NC Division of Public Health (DPH). UNC SRP Director Dr. Rebecca Fry... Read more »
UNC SRP researchers respond to COVID-19 with new research and resources to increase understanding of risk, susceptibility factors
Since March of this year, researchers within the UNC SRP have been adapting to lab shut-downs and re-openings, new lab protocols to limit exposure to the coronavirus, and adjusting to the everyday uncertainties that have come into play during the COVID-19 pandemic. Even as they navigate this new way of conducting research, UNC SRP scientists... Read more »
October 30, 2020 Researchers in the UNC Superfund Research Program will use two new grants from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to research how exposure to arsenic and other environmental contaminants may contribute to SARS-CoV-2 infection risk and severity.
Ilona Jaspers, PhD, was recently featured for her work on air pollution and lung health in Stories of Success by NIEHS. With support from NIEHS, Jaspers has made many important discoveries about how air pollution affects lung immune response and what that means for human health. Click here to read article
Styblo, Koller develop novel humanized mouse model with implications for studying arsenic exposure in humans
September 29, 2020 A new humanized mouse model represents pioneering work in the field of toxicology, paving the way for scientists around the globe to more accurately predict arsenic toxicity in humans.
Welcome to the inaugural issue of Reflections from the Well, the quarterly UNC Superfund Research Program e-newsletter. The UNC SRP is a multidisciplinary research center, funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Our goal is to identify the mechanisms that drive inorganic arsenic-associated diabetes. With this knowledge, we aim to develop new solutions... Read more »
March 16, 2020 Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will band together across disciplines to find and formulate solutions for arsenic-induced diabetes in the state. The 5-year program is funded through a highly competitive award from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, which totals $12.2 million.