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 to reduce exposure to arsenic as well as the prevalence of diabetes and other arsenic-associated diseases.
Arsenic exposure threatens the health of tens of thousands of North Carolinians who get their drinking water from private wells, and millions more across the country. We are excited to bring together an exceptionally talented and diverse team of biomedical and environmental researchers, community engagement experts and science communicators to aid communities across NC who are impacted by arsenic contamination in private drinking water wells.
In every issue, we will share stories of discovery from our research projects and research support cores, new developments and resources for impacted communities, and recent accomplishments from our exceptional researchers and trainees.
I invite you to read on to learn more about the recent pioneering research of our team that will transform how scientists are able to study the effects of arsenic exposure on the body. We will also highlight our new studies we are undertaking in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and many other accolades and awards received by our team members over the past few months.
Rebecca C. Fry, PhD
Carol Remmer Angle Distinguished Professor