August 2019: News and Updates
A monthly newsletter from the Center of Human Health and the Environment
Upcoming Events
8/13/2019 - High School Science Teachers Poster Session
Toxicology Atrium
9:30 am - 11:00 am

8/27/2019 - CHHE/Toxicology Program Co-sponsored seminar: Paul A. Cox, Brain Chemistry Labs - "Replicating a Puzzling Paralytic Disease of Pacific Islanders in a Non-Human Primate Mode”
Toxicology Auditorium
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

10/25/2019 - Save the Date!
The Environmental Epigenetics and Genetics Research Interest Group will host Dr Terry Magnuson (UNC Chapel Hill), pioneer in the field of epigenetics and germ cell reprogramming. Dr Magnuson will meet with faculty and present a seminar. More details to follow.
Simple desk calendar for August 2019
CHHE Co-sponsored Seminar

On August 27, Dr. Paul Cox will be presenting a seminar entitled, “Replicating a Puzzling Paralytic Disease of Pacific Islanders in a Non-Human Primate Mode ”. Dr. Cox is the Director of the Brain Chemistry Labs, a non-profit research Institute in Jackson Wyoming. He is an ethnobotanist whose scientific research focuses on discovering new medicines by studying patterns of wellness and illness among indigenous peoples. Dr. Cox is widely known for his research focused on ALS and Alzheimer’s disease and the role of the environmental toxin BMAA. Watch documentary here
Summer Highlight

This summer, eight local high school science teachers have been participating in a hands-on professional development program in environmental sciences. CHHE members have been serving as mentors and guest speakers, as well as sharing great resources the teachers can take back to their classrooms this fall. 

Stop by the Toxicology Atrium on Tuesday August 13 , between 9:30 and 11:00 to meet the teachers and hear what they've been working on in the lab this summer.
Congratulations to Heather Patisaul for being named Associate Dean for Research in the College of Sciences.

CHHE member David Reif helped write a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine offers guidance to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on how to conduct a hazard assessment of nonpolymeric, additive organohalogen flame retardants (OFRs), which are used in some consumer products. Read more here

Andy Binder, Jackie Broughton, Mike Cowley, Detlef Knappe, Katy May, and Rob Smart attended the Annual Meeting of the NIEHS Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers at the University of Iowa. Mike Cowley was one of eleven early stage investigators selected by the NIEHS to present their research at the meeting. Mike presented a poster entitled “The Imprinted Gene Network in programing of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease by developmental cadmium exposure”.  Detlef Knappe was an invited keynote speaker and his keynote presentation was entitled, “Drinking water contaminants in the Cape Fear Watershed”.

We want your good news! Please send it to Jackie Broughton or Jane Hoppin.
Mike Cowley (front row, second from right)
Detlef Knappe
Announcing new research interest group: Emerging Contaminants!

Are you studying a new or emerging contaminant? BMAA? PFAS? Firemaster? Others? If so, you should consider joining the new Emerging Contaminants Research Interest Group. Led by Jane Hoppin , this group will focus on the emerging research in CHHE on emerging contaminants. Don't worry, it won't be all GenX! We hope to bring together basic scientists, exposure scientists, engineers, epidemiologists, and communication professionals to share experiences and build expertise across the campus. The first event will be Dr. Paul Cox's seminar on August 27 at 4 pm in the Toxicology Auditorium. We'll hold an organizational meeting early in the Fall semester, so stay tuned.

But wait, there's more.  

If you are doing GenX or PFAS research, we are going to create a university wide collaborative for people doing research (or interested in doing research) on GenX or other PFAS. We're hoping to identify researchers throughout the center and NC State regardless of Center affiliation. This group would meet monthly throughout the school year and each month a different research group can share its work. We are hoping engage lab scientists, social scientists, engagement specialists, statisticians, epidemiologists, etc.  If you and your lab would like to be part of this PFAS research collaborative, please contact Jane Hoppin and let her know your interest and what your lab is working on. This group will be separate from the Emerging Contaminants Research Interest Group (but you are welcome to participate in both).
Interest Groups News
 Environmental Epigenetics Interest Group
Leaders:   David Aylor   and  Mike Cowley
This group will build a community of faculty, staff and students interested in the mechanisms and consequences of interactions between the environment and the epigenome. We will discuss current trends, exchange ideas, share technical knowledge, and foster collaborations with the goal of addressing outstanding questions in the field.

Neuroscience Group
Leader:   Heather Patisaul
This group will focus on questions and activities related to neurodevelopment and neurotoxicology. Goals include coordinating research efforts, increasing grant submissions, enhancing our presence at the Society for Neuroscience meeting and working towards becoming nationally recognized as having strength in “Environmental Neuroscience.”

Pulmonary Interest Group
LeadersKym Gowdy and  Jane Hoppin
The Pulmonary Interest Group will work to establish collaborations between basic and translational scientists and clinicians that are interested in understanding mechanisms behind environmental exposures and lung diseases. This group will hold meetings at both NCSU and ECU to facilitate exchange of ideas and expertise that will result in interdisciplinary groups that can apply for external funding opportunities.

Emerging Contaminants Research Interest Group
Forming Fall 2019. Led by Jane Hoppin . This group will bring together researchers interested in emerging contaminants (BMAA, GenX, Firemaster, and others). We will have an organizational meeting in Fall 2019 at NC State to identify the format and frequency of this group.
Community Outreach
The CEC hired Elise Carlsten, a rising senior in biological sciences. Elise hit the ground running and has been helping with everything CEC, from community meetings and events, to website updates, and everything in between. If you see her around make sure to introduce yourself! 
Career Development
All investigators but particularly Early Stage Investigators are encouraged to work with the  Career Development Core  in development of their grants. Talk to  Nanette Nascone-Yoder   to set up a chalk talk to help organize ideas for your next proposal.
Remember to cite our  CHHE grant   P30ES025128 in publications if CHHE has provided you services, facility core use, seed/pilot project funds etc. NIH tracks this as an important CHHE metric.
CHHE Resources and Facilities Page for NIH Grants  is available on the CHHE   website .
PINS:  Remember when submitting your grants, be sure to select "Center for Human Health and the Environment" as a center in PINS.

CHHE Cited Publications 

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