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Your Environment. Your Health.

Progress Reports: Duke University: Training Core

Superfund Research Program

Training Core

Project Leader: Joel N. Meyer
Grant Number: P42ES010356
Funding Period: 2000-2022

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The Duke Superfund Training Core continued to accomplish the specific aims as proposed in the grant application. The researchers continued to conduct the weekly seminar series for the Center. These seminars were presented by outstanding scientists from outside universities, government labs, and industry as well as Duke SRP faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students. The talks covered cutting-edge research on endocrine disrupters, brominated flame retardants, pesticides, mitochondrial toxicity, nanotoxicants, ecotoxicology and epigenetics. The researchers have continued to host focused-topic symposia. Their spring 2014 symposium was "Cognitive Impairment Caused by Developmental Neurotoxic Exposure: Mechanisms, Consequences and Therapeutic Treatment." In the fall of 2014 they held a symposium on "Low Dose Effects/Non-Monotonic Responses of Endocrine Disruptors." In the spring of 2015, the Core will have a daylong symposium on "The Cancer Exposome: Confluence of Environmental Exposures & Disease Pathways." The Core's weekly seminars regularly attract approximately 50 students, post-docs, staff, and faculty, and the Core's symposia attract approximately 100 researchers from Duke and neighboring institutions. In the summer of 2014, the Core had a summer research internship in the center's labs and cores. It was very successful for the undergraduate and master's students involved. The students learned about research in neurotoxicology, developmental toxicology in fish, mitochondrial mechanisms of toxicity, environmental chemistry, endocrine disruption, and research translation efforts. The Core will conduct this internship again in the summer of 2015. The Core researchers will continue this quite successful seminar and symposium series and summer internship program in the year to come.

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