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News Items: University of Washington

Superfund Research Program

Effects-Related Biomarkers of Environmental Neurotoxic Exposures

Center Director: Evan P. Gallagher
Grant Number: P42ES004696
Funding Period: 1987-2022
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News Items List

  • UW SRP Researchers Work with Agency Partners to Communicate Risk
    SRP News Page - August 2021
    Researchers from the NIEHS-funded University of Washington (UW) Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center found new evidence that environmental contamination from a former smelter in Ruston, Washington may pose a threat to human health in surrounding areas. Before publishing the results, the team reached out to coordinate risk communication strategies with agency partners and share the findings with potentially affected communities.
  • Videos Offer Advice for Safe Fishing Along Polluted River
    SRP News Page - July 2020
    A new nine-part, multilingual video series delivers critical fish consumption information to Seattle communities who fish the contaminated Duwamish River for food, recreation, and cultural reasons. The video series covers a range of topics, including an introduction to salmon fishing, how much salmon is safe to eat, and how to prepare and cook various salmon dishes. To meet the needs of the area s culturally diverse fishing community, they are available in Spanish, Vietnamese, and Khmer, the official language of Cambodia.
  • Cadmium Exposure Impairs Production of Neurons Responsible for Learning and Memory
    Research Brief - January 2020
    A new study funded by the Superfund Research Program (SRP) shows cadmium exposure can impair new neurons from forming and maturing in the hippocampus region of the brain. Led by Zhengui Xia, Ph.D., the researchers at the University of Washington (UW) SRP Center also found that cadmium can lead to the death of stem cells that produce these neurons. In people, learning and memory formation depends on the production of new neurons in this region of the brain.
  • River tour during SRP meeting spotlights local perspectives
    Environmental Factor - January 2020
    On the last day of the 2019 NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) Annual Meeting, held Nov. 18-20 in Seattle, participants were offered a boat tour of the Duwamish River. Organized by meeting hosts from the University of Washington (UW) SRP Center, the tour spotlighted the history of the Lower Duwamish Waterway Superfund Site and the community groups that have worked to protect the river as a cultural resource.
  • SRP Researchers Reflect on Sharing Research Results at PEPH Network Meeting
    SRP News Page - February 2019
    Environmental health science professionals came together to discuss reporting back research results at the annual NIEHS Partnerships for Environmental Public Health (PEPH) meeting, held Dec 13-14. Among the participants, members of several Superfund Research Program (SRP)-funded Centers shared their experiences and tools focused on reporting research results back to study participants. According to an NIEHS story, the meeting reflected a critical need to ensure that individuals and communities that are part of a research study have access to their data and information on what it means for their health.
  • New houseplant enhances cleanup of air in homes
    Paper of the Month - February 2019
    Scientists previously funded by NIEHS developed a houseplant that can remove chloroform and benzene from the air around it. Benzene in the home can originate from outside air, fuel storage in attached garages, and tobacco smoke. Chloroform can be released into the air in small amounts from water during showering.
  • Why Shallow Lake Food Webs May Have More Arsenic
    Research Brief - September 2018
    Lake properties impact the amount of arsenic that transfers from sediments into the aquatic food web, according to a new SRP study. Researchers discovered high concentrations of arsenic in the water and plankton of well-mixed shallow lakes.
  • Platform Allows Rapid Analysis of Antioxidant Genes in Zebrafish
    Research Brief - May 2017
    A newly developed panel of zebrafish genes can be combined with a rapid testing platform to identify chemicals that induce oxidative stress, according to researchers at the University of Washington (UW) Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center. The method, optimized for use on larval zebrafish by UW SRP Center researchers, is cost-effective and can be performed more quickly and with less tissue than conventional methods.
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