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News Items: Oregon State University

Superfund Research Program

PAHs: New Technologies and Emerging Health Risks

Center Director: Robyn L. Tanguay
Grant Number: P42ES016465
Funding Period: 2009-2025
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  • SRP Centers Share Science With Students
    SRP News Page - May 2023
    A key goal of the NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) is to train future generations of scientists - in the lab and in the community. SRP Centers across the country have been doing just that, participating in community events to teach school-aged children about science.
  • SRP Highlighted at SOT
    SRP News Page - April 2023
    NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP)-funded scientists from across the country gathered in person for the 2023 Society of Toxicology (SOT) Annual Meeting to share their research and exchange ideas. Held March 19 - 23 in Nashville, Tennessee, the 62nd SOT meeting and ToxExpo drew more than 5,000 attendees who gave more than 2,000 presentations and participated in more than 70 sessions.
  • SRP Shines at SOT
    SRP News Page - April 2022
    NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) grantees from across the country gathered in person and virtually for the 2022 Society of Toxicology (SOT) Annual Meeting, held March 27-31 in San Diego. The meeting highlighted diverse, cutting-edge research.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Analyzing Chemicals and Genes Yields Novel Insight into PAH Behavior
    Research Brief - July 2021
    A new NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP)-funded study revealed how polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) breakdown and transform in the presence of ultraviolet A (UVA) light and titanium dioxide nanoparticle pollutants. Their findings have important implications for PAH cleanup, which may not consider how PAHs transform in diverse environments.
  • Innovating Environmental Health Communication
    SRP News Page - June 2021
    Former Oregon State University (OSU) SRP Center trainee Diana Rohlman, Ph.D., discussed creative approaches for culturally sensitive community engagement and research translation.
  • Predicting cancer-causing potential of PAH chemicals
    Paper of the Month - December 2020
    NIEHS-funded scientists have developed a method to better predict the cancer-causing potential of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), a class of more than 1,500 chemicals that result from combustion of organic matter and fossil fuels. PAH exposures occur as complex environmental mixtures, making it difficult to tease apart the cancer-causing potential of individual chemicals in the mixture.
  • K.C. Donnelly Externships awarded to outstanding Superfund trainees
    Environmental Factor - August 2020
    Eleven outstanding trainees in the NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) have won K.C. Donnelly Externship Award Supplements. The annual awards allow trainees to work side-by-side with experts at an outside institution to learn new methods and techniques to enrich their research.
  • SRP Welcomes New and Returning Multiproject Centers
    SRP News Page - April 2020
    The SRP welcomes 11 new and returning multiproject Centers. SRP Centers consist of several projects and cores, designed to address research questions that contribute to the Center's overall research focus. These NIEHS-funded grants are the mainstay of the program, where transdisciplinary teams of scientists and engineers working in different fields tackle complex but targeted problems in environmental health.
  • Supplements Expand SRP's Capacity for Data Sharing
    SRP News Page - October 2019
    The Superfund Research Program (SRP) awarded administrative supplements to its Multiproject Center (P42) and Individual Research (R01) grantees to expand data integration, interoperability, and reuse. The SRP encourages data sharing among its grantees to accelerate new discoveries, stimulate new collaborations, and increase scientific transparency and rigor.
  • OSU SRP Connects Tribal Youth to Science on Campus
    SRP News Page - July 2019
    The Oregon State University (OSU) Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center hosted high school students from tribal nations for its third annual Tribal Youth Campus Tour. During the two-day learning exchange, tribal youth from the Columbia River region learned about SRP research, environmental health, and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math.
  • Model Predicts PAH Levels in Important Tribal Food Source
    Research Brief - July 2019
    A sediment passive sampling model can be used to accurately predict the concentration of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in butter clams, according to a recent Superfund Research Program (SRP) study. Led by Kim Anderson, Ph.D., of the Oregon State University (OSU) SRP Center, the research team worked closely with tribal leaders to better predict PAH levels in butter clams while having a minimal impact on this important resource.
  • Silicone Wristbands Identify Common Exposures Across Continents
    SRP News Page - June 2019
    In a new study, funded in part by the Oregon State University Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center, researchers identified common chemical exposure trends in 14 communities across three continents. The researchers, led by Kim Anderson, Ph.D., used silicone wristbands that capture personal exposures to investigate differences and trends in chemical mixtures in North America, South America, and Africa.
  • Assessing PAH Exposure with the Swinomish Tribe
    SRP News Page - February 2019
    Researchers from the Oregon State University Superfund Research Program (OSU SRP) Center have collaborated with the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community (SITC) to measure potential exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). The community-based participatory research project engaged residents in the research study.
  • 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.
  • SRP Researchers Share Findings at Exposome Conference
    SRP News Page - January 2019
    Current and former Superfund Research Program (SRP) researchers described their work and learned from others as part of the New York City Exposome Symposium Nov 2 - 3. The symposium delved into innovative approaches in exposomics, the study of how the complex mix of nutritional, chemical, and social environments shapes human health throughout the lifespan.
  • SRP Researchers and Trainees Travel to China for IEBMC Meeting
    SRP News Page - November 2018
    Superfund Research Program (SRP) grantees were well represented at the sixth annual International Experimental Biology and Medicine Conference (IEBMC), held October 19 - 21 in Chengdu, China. Co-sponsored by SRP, the 2018 IEBMC focused on environmental health and medicine.
  • PAH cleanup may worsen toxicity
    Environmental Factor - October 2018
    According to research by Staci Simonich, Ph.D., some of the products formed during the breakdown of pollutants called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) may be more toxic than the original compounds.
  • Connection between genes, response to environmental chemicals
    Paper of the Month - September 2018
    NIEHS grantees developed a new method to identify individual-level genetic variation in response to chemical exposures. The approach, which linked zebrafish studies and bioinformatic approaches, might help identify new genetic factors that explain differences in chemical sensitivity.
  • Successful SRP Webinar Series Focuses on Toxicity Testing
    SRP News Page - June 2018
    In the spring 2018 Risk e-Learning webinar series, Superfund Research Program (SRP) grantees and colleagues featured research and technologies that may be useful for evaluating the safety of chemicals. These approaches aim to replace or reduce the use of animal models, test more chemicals in a shorter period of time, and generate findings that are more relevant to humans. In total, this series attracted 1,022 live participants, 420 online archive views, and 3,128 video podcast downloads.
  • SRP Centers Respond to Hurricane Harvey
    SRP News Page - October 2017
    Only days after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas on Aug. 25, researchers from Superfund Research Program (SRP) Centers at Texas A&M University and Oregon State University (OSU) began working to better understand the potential environmental hazards after the disaster.
  • Hurricane responses build on community connections
    Environmental Factor - October 2017
    NIEHS resources are playing a vital role in helping protect health in the aftermath of the August and September hurricanes, and they will help reduce environmental health impacts of future disasters.
  • Special Issue Highlights Environmental Challenges in Central and Eastern Europe
    SRP News Page - July 2017
    A special issue titled 'Environmental Challenges in Central and Eastern Europe' was published by the journal Reviews on Environmental Health after the April 2016 Central and Eastern European Conference on Health and the Environment (CEECHE) meeting in Prague. The Superfund Research Program (SRP) co-sponsored the meeting with the Institute of Experimental Medicine in the Czech Republic. SRP staff and grantees wrote several articles about environmental health challenges in Central and Eastern Europe and similar problems across the globe.
  • SRP Researchers Shine at American Chemical Society Meeting
    SRP News Page - May 2017
    Superfund Research Program (SRP) grantees from all over the country gathered for the 2017 American Chemical Society (ACS) meeting in San Francisco this April. Presentations and posters by SRP grantees highlighted innovative SRP-funded research including technologies to detect and remediate potentially harmful chemicals in the environment.
  • New tools improve exposure and risk assessments
    Environmental Factor - May 2017
    Advances in chemistry, physics, cell biology, and computational modeling provide unique opportunities to improve human health risk assessments, according to Richard Corley, Ph.D. In an April 6 talk for the NIEHS Keystone Science Lecture series, he discussed cutting-edge technologies that make scientific predictions more relevant to humans and real-world conditions. For example, a new model of how air pollutants move through the atmosphere indicates that they stay in the air longer and travel farther than previous models have predicted.
  • SRP Brings Solution-Oriented Science to SOT
    SRP News Page - March 2017
    Superfund Research Program (SRP) grantees from all over the country gathered in Baltimore, Maryland for the 2017 Society of Toxicology (SOT) Annual Meeting March 12 - 16. Grantees and staff gave talks and presented posters highlighting SRP-funded research advances in toxicology. The meeting also provided a forum to share information and to learn about new findings.
  • Using Zebrafish for Chemical Screening and Sustainable Chemical Design
    SRP News Page - January 2017
    A recent review out of the Oregon State University Superfund Research Program (OSU SRP) describes how zebrafish have become an important model to screen for chemical toxicity. The article, published in the journal Green Chemistry, points to major advances in testing methods that have positioned zebrafish as an applicable model for chemical safety evaluations and efforts to develop more sustainable chemicals.
  • Pavement sealcoat products may be more toxic than suspected
    Paper of the Month - July 2016
    A study supported in part by NIEHS showed that certain pavement sealcoats used on asphalt driveways and parking lots are significantly more toxic and mutagenic than previously suspected.
  • Oregon State SRP Center Receives University Awards
    SRP News Page - September 2015
    The Oregon State University (OSU) Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center was recognized for its outstanding contributions to the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences through two departmental awards in August.
  • New Technology Tracks Carcinogens as They Move Through the Body
    SRP News Page - December 2014
    Researchers have developed a method to track the movement of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) through the body, as extraordinarily tiny amounts of these potential carcinogens are biologically processed and eliminated, according to an Oregon State Univeristy (OSU) press release.
  • Oregon State University Superfund program completes pilot assistance project
    Environmental Factor - October 2014
    A tool to educate K-8 students about mercury in the environment and its effects on human health is now online, thanks to a collaboration between the NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) at Oregon State University (OSU), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the London School in Cottage Grove, Oregon.
  • SRP Research Shines at ISEE Annual Conference
    SRP News Page - September 2014
    NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) researchers were well represented at the International Society of Environmental Epidemiology Conference (ISEE) August 24-28 in Seattle, WA.
  • Silicone wristbands facilitate exposome study
    Environmental Factor - April 2014
    As the environmental health science field strives to better understand the complexity of personal chemical exposures, NIEHS-funded researchers at the Oregon State University (OSU) Superfund Research Program (SRP) led by Kim Anderson, Ph.D., have developed a simple wristband and extraction method that can test exposure to 1,200 chemicals.
  • Study identifies novel compounds more mutagenic than parent PAHs
    Environmental Factor - February 2014
    Researchers at Oregon State University (OSU) have discovered novel breakdown products that form when specific high molecular weight polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) chemically interact with nitrogen. 
  • Study Identifies Novel compounds More Mutagenic than Parent PAHs
    SRP News Page - February 2014
    Researchers at Oregon State University (OSU) have discovered novel breakdown products that form when specific high molecular weight polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) chemically interact with nitrogen. 
  • High-throughput Screening Examines Multiple Effects of 1060 Compounds on Zebrafish
    SRP News Page - February 2014
    An investigation  led by Oregon State University Superfund Research Program grantee Robert Tanguay, Ph.D., used high-throughput screening to analyze 1,060 unique compounds for 22 possible effects on zebrafish embryos.
  • Eighth Graders Get Real Life Science Experience with OSU SRP
    SRP News Page - January 2014
    Oregon State University (OSU) Superfund Research Program (SRP) investigator Robert Tanguay, Ph.D., connected with an eighth grade class in Massachusetts to describe SRP research and explain concepts related to a problem-based environmental health science curriculum.
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