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UNC Superfund Research Program News

Developing measure of signaling molecules of gut-brain communication

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 »

Community partners weigh in on needs for interactive mapping tool

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 »

Fry featured in Knowable Magazine

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 »

Community Engagement Core welcomes a new Public Health Action Committee

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 »

Jaspers featured in NIEHS Stories of Success

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

Welcome to UNC SRP

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 »

UNC researchers to address arsenic-induced diabetes with $12.2M grant

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.