CEHS Events

The Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility coordinates three types of training events, a seminar series, a career development series and one or more symposia.

  • The CEHS Seminar Series (monthly) features leading internal and external experts in environmental health (2019-2020 seminars listed below).
  • Our Career Development Series (monthly) is an internal symposium that was initiated to address needs of pre- and postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty. These seminars are led by CEHS faculty and staff.
  • CEHS Scientific Symposia (annual) foster scientific and intellectual exchange and foster development of new teams. The symposium format includes research presentations, poster sessions, and participant discussion. We leverage campus partnerships to maximize engagement.

Striving to End Liver Cancer Symposium

On behalf of the organizing committee representing investigators at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, Duke University and Comprehensive Cancer Center, NC State University and Emory University and Winship Cancer Center, it is my pleasure to invite you to a collaborative, multi-institutional workshop entitled Striving to End Liver Cancer Symposium.
The Workshop goals are to introduce a new liver study, STRIVE. We also seek to guide research directions into liver cancer risk and progression, including environmental causes of liver cancer, liver cancer screening opportunities, and liver cancer heterogeneity as assessed by genomic and epigenetic methods.
The symposium is planned for September 29, 2022, at the North Carolina Botanical Gardens. This symposium will also be available in a hybrid format via Zoom.

We hope you can join us for this informative and important event. Please register using the link below:

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Liver Symposium Agenda (PDF)

2022 CEHS Seminar Series

The UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility (CEHS) and Lineberger Cancer Center, in collaboration with NC State University, the University of Kentucky and Emory University, have organized a series of virtual webinars focused on strategies for effectively reporting research results to communities. Attendees will include students, trainees, and faculty, as well as other environmental health researchers. We are excited to learn more about report-back, specifically as it may inform approaches regarding environmental health data and connections to environmental health research. If you are interested in attending, please register here:

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Seminar/ Workshop
How Data Visualization Can Enhance Reporting of EH Data
How visualization influences message perception and digital engagement Representing complex databases, effective visualization for mobile phones.
Allison Lazard, PhD
September 23, 2022 Noon-1 p.m. EST
Engaging Citizen Scientists in Theory-Based Report-Back
Theory-based approach to inform report back Engaging citizen scientists in individual and county-level report back.
Ellen Hahn, PhD, RN, FAAN
October 7, 2022 Noon-1 p.m.
Misinformation Online: Implications for Reporting EH Data
Challenges of misinformation Distinguishing fact from fiction in online environments
Francesca Tripodi, PhD, MA
October 28, 2022 Noon-1 p.m.
Lessons Learned from the Digital Exposure Report-Back Interface
Discussion of report-back strategies (including challenges and benefits) Data visualization in DERBI, data on effectiveness and accessibility
Julia Brody, PhD
Jennifer Ohayon, PhD
November 4, 2022 Noon-1 p.m.
Engaging Citizen Scientists in Theory-Based Report-Back
Theory-based approach to inform report back Engaging citizen scientists in individual and county-level report back
llen Hahn, PhD, RN, FAAN
December 2, 2022 Noon- 1 p.m.
Case Studies and Unmet Needs
January 20, 2023 Noon-1pm EST

Zoom Seminar: May 10, 2022 (12:15-1:30 p.m. EST)
Damaris Lorenzo
Assistant Professor, Cell Biology and Physiology, University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Zoom Seminar: April 26, 2022 (5-6 p.m. EST)
Alternative career pathways focus: scientific program management
Abee Boyles, PhD

Zoom Seminar: March 3, 2022 (3:30-4:30 p.m. EST)
Statistical Issues in COVID-19 Vaccine Trials The Past and The Future
Dean Follmann, PhD
Assistant Director for Biostatistics National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Zoom Seminar: February 25, 2022 (2 p.m. EST)
Dietary n3-PUFAs Modulate the Pulmonary Response to Environmental Exposures
Kym Gowdy
Associate Professor, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at Ohio State University

Zoom Seminar: February 8, 2022 (12:15-1:30 p.m. EST)
Placental Origins of Positive Child Health Outcomes
Hudson Santos
Associate Professor and Director of UNC Biobehavioral Laboratory School of Nursing

Zoom Seminar: February 4, 2022 (2-3 p.m. EST)
Storms of a Lifetime: Oral History as a Method for Understanding Older Adults’ Experience of Disasters
Sarah Torgeson
Graduate Student in American Studies, Southern Oral History Program at University of North Carolina

Zoom Seminar: January 28, 2022 (12-3 p.m. EST)
Stories to Save Lives: Oral History and the Role of the Humanities in Understanding Environmental Health
Rachel F. Seidman, PhD
Curator of Women’s Environmental History, Smithsonian Institution, Anacostia Community Museum

2021 Seminar Series

Zoom Seminar: August 30, 2021 (3:30 – 4:30 p.m. EST)
Human Health and Environmental Exposures During a Pandemic
Jack Gilbert, PhD
University of California San Diego
If you are interested in attending the virtual seminar, please contact lmortondunn@unc.edu or michael_sanderson@unc.edu.

Zoom Seminar: September 3, 2021 (2-3 p.m. EST)
Evaluating prenatal exposures to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as potential disruptors of child growth and adiposity
Anne Starling, PhD
University of North Carolina

Zoom Seminar: September 14, 2021 (12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EST)
The Master Epigenetic Repressor SMCHD1 and Human Congenital Arhinia
Natalie Shaw, MD, MMSc
For more information about the seminar series, contact childrensresearch@med.unc.edu.

Zoom Seminar: October 1, 2021 (Noon – 1 p.m. EST)
Integrative Molecular Epidemiology to Understand Human Cancer
Laura Rozek, PhD, MA, MS
Associate Professor, Environmental Health Sciences, Global Public Health and Nutrition
University of Michigan School of Public Health
Director, Center for Southeast Asian Studies
University of Michigan International Institute, College of Literature, Sciences and Arts
If you are interested in attending the virtual seminar, please contact lmortondunn@unc.edu or michael_sanderson@unc.edu.

Zoom Seminar: November 19, 2021 (2-3 p.m. EST)
Toxic trace elements in follicular fluid, oxidative stress & in vitro fertilization (IVF) outcomes
Celeste D. Butts, PhD, MS
Postdoctoral Trainee at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill/ Adjunct Professor at the University at Albany

2020 CEHS Seminar Series

Zoom Seminar: October 30, 2020 (Noon – 1 p.m. EST)
Implications of genetic ancestry on biological determinants of cancer disparities, a systems biology approach
Melissa Davis, PhD, associate professor of cell and developmental biology research in surgery, Weill Cornell Medicine

If you are interested in attending the virtual seminar, please contact lmortondunn@unc.edu or michael_sanderson@unc.edu.

Zoom Seminar: October 16, 2020 (Noon – 1 p.m. EST)
Using Latent Class Modeling to Jointly Characterize Economic Stress and Multi-Pollutant Exposure
Terry Hyslop, PhD, director, DCI Biostatistics, professor of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Duke University and Duke Cancer Institute

If you are interested in attending the virtual seminar, please contact lmortondunn@unc.edu or michael_sanderson@unc.edu.

Zoom Seminar: September 25, 2020 (Noon – 2 p.m. EST)
Molecular Phenotypes of Aging: Linking the Blood Epigenome to Breast Cancer (Zoom)
Jacob K. Kresovich, PhD, MPH, fellow – IRTA postdoctoral, NIEHS

If you are interested in attending the virtual seminar, please contact lmortondunn@unc.edu or michael_sanderson@unc.edu.

Zoom Seminar: September 21, 2020 (3:30-4:30 p.m. EST)
Artificial Intelligence – a new kid on the block of toxicology
Thomas Hartung, MD, PhD,  Doerenkamp-Zbinden-Chair for Evidence-based Toxicology with a joint appointment for Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Director of Centers for Alternatives to Animal Testing, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

Zoom Seminar: September 18, 2020 (Noon – 1 p.m. EST)
Health Equity in Cancer Prevention and Control
Mya Roberson, MSPH, doctoral student, University of North Carolina

Zoom Seminar: August 20, 2020
Understanding Global Climate Change and How It Affects Air Quality and Human Health
Jason West, PhD, University of North Carolina

Zoom Seminar: May 12, 2020
The Role  of the Indoor Exposome in Food Allergy Development
Timothy Moran, MD, PhD, University of North Carolina

Zoom Seminar: May 11, 2020
Cell Line Models of Cytotoxic Response: Integration of Statistical Methods Development and Genetic Association Mapping
Alison Motsinger-Rief, PhD, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

April 3, 2020 (Postponed)
Bipartite Causal Inference with Interference for Evaluating Power Plant Regulations
Corwin Zigler, PhD, University of Texas, Austin

March 30, 2020 (Postponed)
Artificial Intelligence – a new kid on the block of toxicology
Thomas Hartung, MD, PhD, Johns Hopkins

February 21, 2020 (Postponed)
DNA Methylation and Breast Cancer: Signals of Mechanism and Risk
Jacob Kresovich, PhD, MPH, Fellow-IRTA Postdoctoral, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

January 24, 2020
Environmental Regulation of the Estrogen Response in Single Living Cells
Joseph Rodriguez, PhD, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

2019 CEHS Seminar Series

December 10, 2019
Organophosphate Pesticide Exposure in Pregnancy in Association with Ultrasound and Delivery Measures of Fetal Growth
Kelly Ferguson, PhD, MPH, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

November 8, 2019
Arsenic and the human genome: susceptibility and response to exposure
Brandon Pierce, PhD, University of Chicago

October 8, 2019
Methodological Issues in a Prospective Study on Persistent Pollutants and Pancreatic Cancer Risk
Miquel Porta, MD, MPH, PhD, Hospital del Mar Institute of Medical Research (IMIM), and School of Medicine, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain

October 8, 2019
New in-office exposure assessment tools – Novel applications for a noninvasive approaches
Mike Breen, PhD, Environmental Protection Agency
Meghan Rebuli, PhD, UNC Center for Environmental Medicine

September 27, 2019
UNC CEHS: Pilot Project Showcase Symposium

Pilot Project 1Susceptibility to arsenic-induced diabetes: The role of As3mt polymorphisms and the microbiome
Miroslav Styblo, PhD, University of North Carolina, Professor, Department of Nutrition, and Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Gillings School of Public Health

Pilot Project 2Alleviating Environmental Toxin Damage via the Gut Microbiota
Matthew Redinbo, PhD, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Microbiology, jointly appointed with the School of Medicine

Pilot Project 3Development of a Structural-functional Optical Imaging Platform for Environmental Exposure Studies in an Organotypic Model of the Mammary Gland
Amy Oldenburg, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy

Facility Core Lightning Talks
Stephanie Engel, PhD, CEHS Deputy Director, Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Jeannette Bensen, PhD, Director of the Integrated Health Sciences Core
Haibo Zhou, PhD, Director of the Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Core
Kun Lu, PhD, Director of the CEHS Molecular Analysis Facility Core

Community Engagement Core: Partnering with Scientists to Respond to Emerging Issues
Dana Brown Haine, MS, K-12 Science Education Manager, Center for Public Engagement with Science
Neasha B. Graves, MPA, Environmental Health Outreach Manager, CEHS Community Engagement Core

September 18, 2019
Health Home Symposium: understanding and addressing home-based environmental influences upon asthma and other health conditions
Ryan Allenbrand, PhD, Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City

August 23, 2019
Mechanisms of Environmental Chemicals that Enable Cancer Cells to Evade Death Signals
Gayathri Devi, MSc., PhD, Duke University School of Medicine

May 14, 2019
Epigenetics, Neurodevelopment and Health of Children Born Extremely Preterm
Mike O’Shea, MD, MPH, UNC Children’s Research Institute
Rebecca Fry, PhD, University of North Carolina

April 18, 2019
Making Errors While Making Gametes
Patricia Hunt, PhD, Washington State University

April 9, 2019
A Survey of Statistical Methods for the Investigation of Health Effects of Multiple Environmental Pollutants
Dr. Brett Doherty, PhD, MSPH, Dartmouth College

March 18, 2019
Precipitation Events, Source Water Conditions, and Risk of Gastrointestinal Illness in Philadelphia
Dr. Anneclaire De Roos, PhD, MPH, Drexel University

January 28, 2019
Complexities of Elucidating Prenatal Stress Effects on Child Health
Rosalind Wright, PhD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City

January 25, 2019
Trace Metals, Epigenomics and Susceptibility to Liver Cancer
Cathrine Hoyo, PhD, North Carolina State University


CEHS Director: Dr. Melissa Troester
Funding provided by NIEHS Grant # P30 ES010126

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