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News Items: University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Superfund Research Program

Elucidating Risks: From Exposure and Mechanism to Outcome

Center Director: Rebecca C. Fry
Grant Number: P42ES005948
Funding Period: 1992-2018
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News Items List

  • Pregnant moms' response to arsenic linked to sex of fetus
    Environmental Factor - September 2017
    How a pregnant woman metabolizes arsenic may be affected by the sex of her fetus, and a male child may be at increased risk for adverse health outcomes. These and other findings were presented Aug. 8 by Elizabeth Martin, Ph.D., at the annual NIEHS Karen Wetterhahn Memorial Award lecture. Martin is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC).
  • Using cutting-edge epigenetic research to inform decision making
    Environmental Factor - June 2017
    Data from epigenetic research can be incorporated into the risk assessment process and used to inform regulatory decisions, according to Rebecca Fry, Ph.D., from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). Fry presented her research on inorganic arsenic as a case study during the May 4 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Cutting Edge Speaker Series in Research Triangle Park (RTP).
  • Prenatal Arsenic Exposure Alters Newborn Metabolite Profiles
    Research Brief - April 2017
    Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Superfund Research Program (UNC SRP) Center have identified metabolites in umbilical cord blood that are associated with exposure to arsenic in the womb. The findings also show that differences in a mother's metabolism of arsenic may influence the metabolite profile of her baby. Assessing changes in the newborn's metabolite profile by looking at the full range of metabolites, or metabolome, may provide insight into how prenatal arsenic exposure could affect important pathways responsible for maintaining normal cell processes in the body.
  • Using Surfactants to Enhance Bioremediation of PAHs in Soil
    Research Brief - February 2017
    A second-stage treatment using low levels of surfactants, which are commonly used as dispersing agents, may be a promising method to maximize removal of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) at hazardous waste sites, according to findings from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Superfund Research Program (UNC SRP) Center. Researchers identified specific surfactants that enhanced the removal of PAHs from previously treated soil by making the chemicals more accessible for degradation by bacteria.
  • New method for evaluating chemical alternatives
    Paper of the Month - November 2016
    An NIEHS grantee and colleagues developed and demonstrated a new method for quickly evaluating the health impacts of existing complex substances. The new approach could help minimize toxicity testing in animals, especially when assessing chemical alternatives.
  • Fry leads community talk on metals exposure and health
    Environmental Factor - November 2016
    Rebecca Fry, Ph.D., from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), presented the first Tarheel Tox Talk, a new public outreach program from the UNC Curriculum in Toxicology. The informal, community presentation at a Chapel Hill restaurant Oct. 4 focused on metal contamination, especially that caused by inorganic arsenic, in drinking water.
  • Six promising Superfund trainees receive K.C. Donnelly awards
    Environmental Factor - September 2016
    Six promising NIEHS-funded Superfund Research Program (SRP) trainees were awarded K.C. Donnelly Externship Award Supplements to fund their research at other institutions. The annual award, now in its sixth year, honors the memory of longtime SRP grantee and environmental health researcher Kirby (K.C.) Donnelly, Ph.D.
  • Community guide for eating fish from North Carolinas Triangle area
    Environmental Factor - August 2016
    A new guide will help local anglers identify fish that are safe to eat, thanks to researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center. The new website and brochure provide health advisories on consumption of fish caught in the North Carolina Triangle area.
  • New Breakthrough in Understanding Gene Regulation
    Research Brief - June 2016
    A team of researchers at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Superfund Research Program (UNC SRP) Center and Yale University developed a new method to study DNA modifications that led them to a paradigm-shifting discovery of a new mechanism of gene regulation in mouse cells.
  • Summit addresses safe drinking water from private wells
    Environmental Factor - December 2015
    NIEHS staff and grantees joined the Research Triangle Environmental Health Collaborative (EHC) Oct. 26-27 for its 2015 Environmental Health Summit, Safe Water from Every Tap, which examined the quality of drinking water from private wells in North Carolina.
  • Placental cadmium linked to increased risk of preeclampsia
    Environmental Factor - November 2015
    Cadmium levels in the placenta during pregnancy are associated with the risk of developing preeclampsia, according to a recent NIEHS-funded study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center.
  • UNC Environmental Resource Program recognized for partnerships and community service
    Environmental Factor - May 2015
    The NIEHS-funded Environmental Resource Program (ERP) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) was honored for its partnerships with North Carolina organizations and its project to communicate fish consumption advisories to people who may eat fish caught in contaminated waterways. 
  • SRP network helps parents understand vapor intrusion in schools
    Environmental Factor - March 2015
    NIEHS-funded experts on vapor intrusion joined a meeting Feb. 9 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to educate communities in two schools located over contaminated groundwater about potential health effects of chemical exposures.
  • UNC Superfund scientists study effects of Dan River coal ash spill
    Environmental Factor - April 2014
    n response toone of the largest coal ash spills in the nation's history, a team of NIEHS-funded scientists led by Damian Shea, Ph.D., joined forces with state and federal regulatory agencies to help answer important questions about the toxic chemicals present in the coal ash.
  • Duke and UNC SRP scientists connect with journalists
    Environmental Factor - April 2014
    To help the public better understand the real-world applications of their research, the NIEHS-funded Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) Superfund Research Program (SRP) Research Translation Cores (RTC) co-hosted a workshop March 5-6, focused on communicating science to the media. 
  • UNC SRP trainee develops chemical risk assessment interface
    Environmental Factor - March 2014
    Andy Shapiro, a Master of Science in Public Health student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), recently presented a series of webinars on the Health Assessment Workplace Collaborative (HAWC), an online workspace designed to simplify the complex process of conducting chemical risk assessments.
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