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Laine winner of 2016 KC Donnelly Externship Award

Jessica Laine was recently awarded a KC Donnelly Externship from the NIEHS Supefund Research Program.  Laine is a doctoral student in epidemiology at the University of North Carolina under the direction of Rebecca Fry, Ph.D., and David Richardson, Ph.D. For her externship, Laine will work with Mary Gamble, Ph.D., at the Columbia University SRP Center.... Read more »

SRP researchers collaborate with the National Toxicology Program to study biomarkers, mechanism of PCB toxicity

Cancer is a major human health risk associated with exposure to many toxic chemicals, including those commonly encountered at Superfund sites such as polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs. UNC SRP investigator James Swenberg, PhD, his Project 1 research team, along with the SRP Chemistry and Analytical Core, collaborated with the National Toxicology Program (NTP) to investigate the formation of DNA adducts... Read more »

UNC SRP helping NC communities become "Well Empowered"

The UNC SRP’s Research Translation Core, Projects 2 and 4, and several community partners, recently launched the Well Empowered initiative to aid communities around the state of North Carolina who may be impacted by toxic metals in private wells in documenting exposure to these toxicants and developing responses to reduce harmful exposures. Following the Dan River coal ash... Read more »

Out of the classroom and into the lab

High school freshmen assess uptake of toxic metals by plants in collaboration with the Biomarker Mass Spectrometry Lab Emily Liu and Sara Zangi, freshman at East Chapel Hill High School, developed an award-winning, hypothesis-driven research project exploring phytoremediation as a method to remove heavy metals from contaminated water, specifically examining the biosorption and rhizofiltration properties of four... Read more »

Family guide to eating locally-caught fish in the Triangle now available

Eat Fish, Choose Wisely: A Family Guide to Eating Locally Caught Fish in the Triangle is now available to help inform fishermen at Triangle-area waters about local fish consumption advisories.  Creation of the guide began in 2014 in response to concerns from community partners, Lake Crabtree County Park and environmental non-profit Sound Rivers, about people... Read more »

Prenatal exposure to cadmium associated with increased risk of pre-eclampsia

October 6, 2015 Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have demonstrated for the first time an association between levels of the toxic metal cadmium in the placenta during pregnancy and increased risk of the mother developing pre-eclampsia. The researchers also examined interactive effects of essential metals selenium and zinc with pre-eclampsia... Read more »