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News Items: Texas A&M University

Superfund Research Program

Comprehensive Tools and Models for Addressing Exposure to Mixtures During Environmental Emergency-Related Contamination Events

Center Director: Ivan Rusyn
Grant Number: P42ES027704
Funding Period: 2017-2022
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News Items List

  • Edible Sorbents May Protect Against Metal Toxicity
    Research Brief - November 2020
    A new study from NIEHS-funded Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center researchers suggests that edible sorbents may be an effective treatment to reduce heavy metal exposure from consumption of contaminated water and food. According to the researchers, this is the first evidence that edible sorbents can bind heavy metal mixtures and protect against their toxicity in a living organism.
  • SRP Centers Combat COVID-19
    SRP News Page - June 2020
    NIEHS SRP Centers across the country are contributing their expertise to respond to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. From increasing testing capacity and improving personal protective equipment to creating online tools and outreach materials, SRP researchers are fighting COVID-19 from the local to the global level.
  • Environmental risks visualized through new online tools
    Environmental Factor - April 2020
    Scientists funded by the NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) developed online tools to inform local communities about potential environmental health risks. The researchers hail from the University of California at Berkeley (UCB) and Texas A&M University (TAMU).
  • New Tool Combines Exposure Data to Identify Vulnerable Communities
    SRP News Page - March 2020
    A new online tool combines environmental and health data to identify communities vulnerable to negative effects of environmental exposures and other stressors in the Houston region. The tool, developed by the Texas A&M Superfund Research Program Center in close partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund, helps communities understand how environmental factors like flooding and air pollution can affect their health.
  • Collaborative Cross Mice Can Fill Data Gaps in Risk Assessment
    Research Brief - October 2019
    NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) grantees showed how the Collaborative Cross (CC) mouse model, which uses genetically diverse mice to capture over 90 percent of known mouse genetic variations, can account for individual differences in susceptibility to environmental chemicals. Led by Ivan Rusyn, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Texas A&M University SRP Center, researchers measured variability in kidney toxicity and metabolism in CC mice after exposing them to tetrachloroethylene (PERC).
  • Collaborative Cross mice reveal different susceptibilities
    Paper of the Month - September 2019
    NIEHS grantees found that the Collaborative Cross (CC) mouse model - which uses genetically diverse mice to capture over 90 of the known mouse genetic variations can account for individual differences in susceptibility to environmental chemicals. Using the CC mouse model, researchers measured individual variability in kidney toxicity after exposure to tetrachloroethylene (PERC), a solvent frequently used in dry cleaning solutions, adhesives, and metal degreasers.
  • Rusyn Receives Inaugural University Professorship, Names it After K.C. Donnelly
    SRP News Page - June 2019
    Ivan Rusyn, Ph.D., director of the Texas A&M University (TAMU) Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center, became one of the first five TAMU faculty members to be awarded the title of University Professor. This honor recognizes scholars who have demonstrated significant accomplishments in their field. Rusyn specializes in analyzing the combined effects of multiple chemicals on human health and leads the TAMU SRP Center, which focuses on addressing exposure to mixtures during environmental emergency-related contamination events.
  • TAMU SRP Trainees Receive Valuable Training
    SRP News Page - June 2019
    Ten Texas A&M University (TAMU) Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center trainees are now more prepared to respond in a safe manner during an emergency. The trainees, along with Garett Sansom, Ph.D., Community Engagement Core member, each earned their 40-hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) certification this May.
  • Technology to Reduce Harmful Exposures after Disasters Goes Commercial
    SRP News Page - June 2019
    Researchers at the Texas A&M University (TAMU) Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center have developed a new technology that can bind to hazardous chemicals in the body after exposure, reducing their uptake in the body. This technology, known as broad acting enterosorbent materials, can be added to food or water to reduce exposure to harmful mixtures of contaminants following natural disasters and other emergencies. It has been patented and granted a worldwide exclusive license to Texas EnteroSorbents, Inc. for commercialization.
  • Translating Research to Assessments and Planning for a Changing Climate
    SRP News Page - April 2019
    Two Texas A&M University (TAMU) Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center projects are translating their research to help communities facing impacts and health risks from climate-related disasters, such as wildfires and flooding. These projects are improving community assessments and resilience planning in areas facing these challenges.
  • Economic Benefits of Green Infrastructure for Vacant Lands
    SRP News Page - March 2019
    A recent study at the Texas A&M University (TAMU) Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center suggests that installing green infrastructure features, such as water-absorbing rain gardens, on vacant lands can provide ecological and economic benefits, particularly in communities with frequent flooding.
  • Texas workshop prepares trainees for disaster research
    Environmental Factor - March 2019
    The Texas A&M University Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center hosted a first-of-its-kind Disaster Research Training Workshop Dec. 17-18, focused on training graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
  • Computational tool predicts chemical toxicity
    Paper of the Month - August 2018
    NIEHS grantees and colleagues developed a computational tool that uses the properties of a chemical to predict its toxicity. They determined that the tool can predict a toxicity value with an error of less than a factor of 10, making it useful for quickly assessing relative risks of chemicals for which traditional toxicity data or human health assessments are unavailable.
  • 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.
  • Trainee Research Featured in the SRP Poster Winners Webinar
    SRP News Page - April 2018
    On March 27, 2018, the four winners from the Superfund Research Program (SRP) Annual Meeting's poster competition presented their outstanding research via webinar to an interdisciplinary audience of SRP staff and grantees.
  • 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.
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