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News Items: University of Rhode Island

Superfund Research Program

Sources, Transport, Exposure and Effects of PFASs (STEEP)

Center Director: Rainer Lohmann
Grant Number: P42ES027706
Funding Period: 2017-2022
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News Items List

  • 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.
  • New Technique Sheds Light on PFAS in Coastal Watersheds
    Research Brief - May 2021
    A new analytical workflow, developed by NIEHS Superfund Research Program grantees, can identify and characterize previously undetected per-and polyfluoroalkyl compounds, or PFAS, in contaminated watersheds. The team is led by Elsie Sunderland, Ph.D., of the University of Rhode Island SRP Center, and SRP trainee Brideger Ruyle, a doctoral student at Harvard.
  • Early-Life PFAS Exposure May Affect Childhood Metabolism
    SRP News Page - January 2020
    Exposure to perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) during prenatal and early childhood periods could alter metabolic hormones in children, according to a study from the University of Rhode Island Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center. The researchers found that with increased early-life exposure to PFAS, adipokine hormone levels during childhood decreased. Adipokines are a family of hormones thought to play a key role in energy metabolism.
  • New Video Series Spotlights PFAS
    SRP News Page - December 2019
    In an eight-part video series, Silent Chemicals, Loud Science, researchers at the University of Rhode Island Superfund Research Program Center (URI SRP Center), funded by NIEHS, share important information about per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). PFAS are commonly used in consumer products and firefighting foams and can accumulate in the environment.
  • SRP Presented New Research at PFAS Meeting
    SRP News Page - September 2019
    Superfund Research Program (SRP) grantees from around the country gathered August 12 - 15 to discuss per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry's North America Focused Topic Meeting in Durham, North Carolina.
  • Second National PFAS Conference Held in Boston
    SRP News Page - July 2019
    The 2019 Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS): Second National Conference, held June 10 - 12 at Northeastern University in Boston, brought researchers from diverse disciplines together to discuss cutting-edge PFAS research and strategies to protect human health.
  • STEEP Highlighted in Nature News Feature
    SRP News Page - February 2019
    University of Rhode Island Superfund Research Program (SRP) Sources, Transport, Exposure, and Effects of PFASs (STEEP) Center researchers were featured in a story in Nature about their efforts to measure poly- and perfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) in water and to understand their movement in the environment and impacts on human health.
  • STEEP Gets Creative to Communicate Science
    SRP News Page - February 2019
    The University of Rhode Island Superfund Research Program (URI SRP) Center has produced a variety of resources to explain the potential effects of poly- and perfluorinated alkyl substances (PFASs) and ways to reduce exposure. The URI SRP Sources, Transport, Exposure, and Effects of PFASs (STEEP) Center is addressing the emerging and expanding problem of PFAS contamination.
  • Sunderland Discusses PFAS Research at ATSDR
    SRP News Page - June 2018
    At a May 10 seminar, Elsie Sunderland, Ph.D., described her research efforts to understand how people are exposed to poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) and to develop quantitative tools tracing PFAS exposures back to their sources. PFASs are a large group of manufactured compounds that have been widely used since the 1950s to make everyday products more resistant to stains, grease, and water. In animal studies, some PFASs have been shown to disrupt endocrine activity, reduce immune function, and bring about developmental problems.
  • Eight Northeast SRP Centers Convene at Regional Meeting
    SRP News Page - April 2018
    The Northeast Superfund Research Program (SRP) Meeting brought together eight SRP Centers to discuss collaborations and network. Held in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, on March 26 - 27, the meeting included scientific presentations and poster sessions.
  • Workshop Takes Next Steps with Lancet Commission Report
    SRP News Page - April 2018
    Environmental health experts gathered March 1 - 2, 2018, in Seattle, Washington, to create a strategic framework for addressing global pollution using the 2017 Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health report. The workshop was convened by the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) project's Pollution and Health Initiative.
  • SRP Grantees Participate in Federal PFAS Information Exchange
    SRP News Page - February 2018
    On February 5 - 6, Superfund Research Program (SRP) grantees provided their expertise and perspectives during the Federal Information Exchange on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in Bethesda, Maryland. PFAS chemicals have received increasing attention because they have been found in several drinking water systems and have been linked to reproductive, developmental, liver, kidney, and immunological effects.
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