Fry elected to Society for Pediatric Research

April 14, 2020

Dr. Rebecca Fry

Dr. Rebecca Fry

The Council of the Society for Pediatric Research (SPR) — which aims to create a network of multidisciplinary researchers to improve child health — has elected Rebecca Fry, PhD, to SPR membership.

Fry is the Carol Remmer Angle Distinguished Professor in Children’s Environmental Health and the associate chair for strategic initiatives in the environmental sciences and engineering department at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health. She also is a professor in UNC’s Department of Pediatrics and serves as both director of the Institute for Environmental Health Solutions and director of graduate studies for UNC’s Curriculum in Toxicology.

Work in the Fry lab focuses on understanding how environmental exposures to toxic substances are associated with human disease. With a particular focus on genomic and epigenomic perturbations, Fry and her colleagues use interdisciplinary approaches to identify key molecular pathways that link environmental exposure with diseases. A current focus in the lab is prenatal exposure to various environmental contaminants, including arsenic, cadmium and perflourinated chemicals.

“I am passionate about children’s health promotion,” says Fry. “One of the ways we can support this is to provide children with healthy environments. By integrating research in environmental health sciences with pediatrics, we can make a huge impact on the lives of children in North Carolina and more broadly.”

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