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.
May 1, 2018 UNC-Chapel Hill has launched the Institute for Environmental Health Solutions, aimed at protecting those who are particularly vulnerable to diseases caused by environmental factors. Dr. Rebecca Fry, Institute director, works with a team of interdisciplinary researchers to translate scientific discoveries into effective, easy-to-apply solutions that improve people's health.
Building capacity for Well Empowered communities: Preventing exposure to toxic metals in private wells
March 14, 2018
In February, researchers from the UNC Superfund Research Program (SRP) presented results of the final phase of an 18-month-long pilot study about well-water contamination to community members in North Carolina’s Stokes and Wayne counties. Members of SRP’s Well Empowered research team had worked to identify toxic metals contamination in private wells and had engaged with communities in the state to determine affordable, evidence-based solutions to reduce exposure to these contaminants.
On Saturday, April 1, faculty and students from two NIEHS-funded centers in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health – Superfund Research Program (SRP) and the Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility (CEHS) collaborated with community partners to conduct hands-on learning sessions with women attending the annual Durham Women’s Health Awareness Day. This event,... Read more »
February 10, 2017
Drs. Rebecca Fry and Samira Brooks have explained an underlying biological mechanism by which exposure to cadmium may increase the risk of developing preeclampsia during pregnancy. Their study was published in Food and Chemical Toxicology.
December 5, 2016
Elizabeth Martin, doctoral student in environmental sciences and engineering at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and trainee in the UNC Superfund Research Program (SRP), has been named recipient of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences’ Karen Wetterhahn Memorial Award.
In Wake County, some predominantly African-American neighborhoods in urban areas completely lack access to nearby municipal water systems. As a result, residents are exposed to notably higher quantities of microbial contaminants via well water.
Rebecca Fry, PhD, presented the first Tarheel Tox Talk, a new public outreach program from the UNC Curriculum in Toxicology. The informal, community presentation at a Chapel Hill restaurant Oct. 4 focused on metal contamination, especially that caused by inorganic arsenic, in drinking water. Dr. Fry, who directs the UNC Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center,... Read more »
Class of: 2017/2018 Degree: PhD, NC State University, Dept. of Biological Sciences Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria I am from Lagos, Nigeria but I’ve lived in North Carolina for a little over 7 years now. My initial interest in science sparked from my older sister, who is a computer scientist, and my parents’ wishes for me to become... Read more »