Superfund Research Program
Toxicant Exposures in Rhode Island: Past, Present, and Future
Center Director: Robert H. Hurt
Grant Number: P42ES013660
Funding Period: 2005-2021
News Items List
Community-engaged research addresses health concerns on tribal lands
SRP News Page - November 2021
Approximately 500,000 Native Americans live within three miles of a Superfund site. The NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) has long supported community-engaged research with Native American communities to identify strategies to reduce exposures and protect their health. To celebrate Native American Heritage Month, this article recognizes how some SRP researchers address community concerns in Tribal lands.
New Passive Sampling Device for PFAS
Research Brief - November 2021
Researchers from the NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP)-funded centers at the University of Rhode Island (URI) and Brown University developed a new type of passive sampling device for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Their new tool overcomes many limitations to traditional approaches, such as detecting short-chain PFAS and low concentrations of the chemicals in water.
Brown SRP Researchers and Community Come Together on Narragansett Tribal Lands
SRP News Page - September 2021
NIEHS-funded Brown University Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center researchers and Narragansett Tribal leaders, long-time partners in community activities, joined forces again. Through their collaboration, they are educating and empowering Tribal members to address their environmental health concerns in a way that connects cultural and scientific knowledge.
Scientific art competition showcases trainees' research, imagination
Environmental Factor - September 2021
When the COVID-19 pandemic forced university laboratories to shut down or go remote, the NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) created an opportunity for trainees to celebrate their research efforts and the stories behind them. Led by SRP Health Scientist Administrator Danielle Carlin, Ph.D., SRP hosted a scientific art competition for trainees.
Trainees Get Creative During the Pandemic
SRP News Page - July 2021
When in-person events, classes, and research activities were put on hold due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP)-funded trainees got creative and identified unique opportunities to pursue safely during the pandemic. With support from their mentors, SRP trainees gained experience across multiple scientific fields, conducted research in a collaborative environment, and engaged with diverse stakeholders and community members.
Data science paves the way with new tools, insights for SRP
Environmental Factor - April 2021
The NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) held its first External Use Case (EUC) Showcase Feb. 18-19. Over 140 participants joined the meeting to share experiences and recommendations about integrating datasets from SRP-sponsored research. EUCs, developed by collaborations of researchers from different SRP centers, demonstrate specific scenarios in which data management and sharing could provide new insight on research questions and to identify barriers to inform future data efforts.
New graphene nanochannel filters hold promise for contaminant clean-up
Paper of the Month - January 2021
A new strategy to design nanomaterials to better filter contaminants from water overcomes previous limitations, according to a new NIEHS-funded study.
New 3D Fish Liver Model for Aquatic Toxicology
Research Brief - July 2017
Researchers at the Brown University Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center have developed a new 3D liver cell model that can be used to screen chemicals for toxicity in fish. The new model uses fish liver cells cultured to form 3D microtissue, so researchers can assess liver toxicants over time and after single and repeated exposures.
Researchers discover how carbon nanotubes can harm cells from the inside
Paper of the Month - December 2016
An NIEHS grantee and colleagues identified a nanochemical mechanism through which long and stiff carbon nanotubes damage lysosomes, which are membrane-enclosed organelles that break down damaged or unneeded biomolecules and debris inside the cell. These new findings could help scientists design safer nanomaterials.
Brown SRP addresses contamination in the Northeast
Environmental Factor - July 2016
The Brown University Superfund Research Program (SRP) held two events May 23 to further its mission of tackling environmental health and cleanup concerns in Rhode Island. Both activities brought together community stakeholders who shared an interest in improving the health of people in the Northeast.
Using Field Data and Numerical Modeling to Assess Vapor Intrusion Risk
Research Brief - May 2016
A recent Superfund Research Program (SRP) study reveals that measurements of chemical concentrations in groundwater may not be a good indicator of whether the chemicals are seeping into buildings and contaminating indoor air. The findings provide insight into how an approach incorporating multiple lines of evidence, including soil gas measurements and a 3-D model, can be used to better evaluate exposure risks from vapor intrusion into homes and buildings.
Measuring Vapor Intrusion to Estimate Underground Contamination
Research Brief - October 2014
Scientists from the Brown University Superfund Research Program (Brown SRP) have taken a step toward providing a simpler, accurate screening method to determine whether chemicals in underground sources are seeping into buildings and contaminating indoor air.