UNC Superfund Research Program News

SRP researchers and community partners target areas for well testing

In January, UNC Superfund Research Program (SRP) leaders and community partners met to discuss environmental justice concerns and the NC ENVIROSCAN project to ensure the program’s research is rooted in community need. UNC SRP has at least two Public Health Action Committee or PHAC meetings each year, bringing together researchers and representatives from local environmental... Read more »

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 »