February 2019: News and Updates
A monthly newsletter from the Center of Human Health and the Environment
Upcoming Events
2/14/2019 - CHHE 3rd Annual Symposium
Exploring PFAS in North Carolina:
Impacts on Human Health and the Environment - see details below
Ballroom,Talley Student Union
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Registration Full

2/28/2019 - CHHE Pilot Project Proposals Due

3/5/2019 - CHHE/Toxicology Program Co-sponsored seminar: Erin Haynes, University of Kentucky -"Manganese Exposure and Pediatric Neurodevelopment: A story of community-academic partnership"
Toxicology Auditorium
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Call for Pilot Project Proposals!
The NC State University Center for Human Heath and the Environment (CHHE) is announcing its request for applications (RFA) for pilot project proposals for Spring 2019. Applications are due on February 28, 2019 .  The earliest start date is mid-May 2019 with 1 year to spend awarded dollars. The CHHE Pilot Project Program (PPP) fosters collaborations, increases interdisciplinary research to advance environmental health research. The overarching goal of CHHE’s PPP is to provide support for innovative individual, collaborative and multidisciplinary research aimed at understanding the adverse impacts of environmental factors on human health and disease. The CHHE PPP encourages multidisciplinary/collaborative approaches and the use of CHHE’s cores and resources.

Abstract pre-submission ( jcbonner@ncsu.edu ) is encouraged but not required to determine if proposal topics are consistent with the mission of the CHHE. Individual awards will range up to $25,000 direct costs for one year.  Applications will be due on February 28, 2019 . Application and additional information can be found at  chhe.research.ncsu.edu/pilot-projects  and questions can be directed to Dr. Jamie Bonner ( jcbonner@ncsu.edu ), Director of CHHE PPP.
When: Thursday, February 14, 2019
Poster session and reception to follow
Where: Ballroom, Talley Student Union
NC State University
Guest speakers
Mike Abraczinskas (NC DEQ)
Sharon Lerner (The Intercept)
Veronica Vieira (UC Irvine)

CHHE speakers
Scott Belcher, Jamie DeWitt, Denis Fourches,
Jane Hoppin, Detlef Knappe, Nadine Kotlarz

Featuring a community panel discussion with Cape Fear River Watch, Sustainable Sandhills, NC Cooperative Extension, and New Hanover County Health Department
Closing remarks from Linda Birnbaum (NIEHS)
Registration is Full
New Blot & Gel Imager
The Center for Human Health and the Environment (CHHE), with the help of Seth Kullman and Jun Ninomiya-Tsuji , has purchased the GE AI680RGB gel and blot camera imager for sensitive, publication-quality digital imaging of DNA and protein gels, chemiluminescence and fluorescence Western blots. In brief illumination options and applications include:
  • Chemiluminescence
  • Colorimetric Epi-White: Take real-color images. Use this with chemiluminescence mode to generate images for gel documentation or combine chemiluminescence with automatic color-marker overlay for easy molecular weight identification .
  • Colorimetric Trans-White: for quantitative OD measurement for Coomassie Brilliant Blue stained and silver stained gels.

  • Fluorescence Trans-UV: Use with ethidium bromide or other UV fluorescent stains.
  • Fluorescence Epi-RGB: Use for multiplex, quantitative Western blotting applications.
Contact Jonathan Hall for training.
The GenX Exposure Study
Jane Hoppin talks with Tracey Peake in this episode of the Audio Abstract about whether GenX and related chemicals are detectable in the bodies of Wilmington area residents.

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.

Zebrafish Group
Leader:  Heather Shive
The Zebrafish Interest Group will provide a forum for facilitating interactions and collaborations among researchers with an interest in zebrafish work.
Mini Grant Program Results
CHHE awarded mini grants to three community groups to address issues in their communities:

  • Cape Fear Riverwatch will be exploring the effects of coal ash in Sutton Lake
  • Cumberland County Department of Public Health will be conducting asthma surveys and providing outreach to low-income residents
  • Friends of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences will be creating environmental health education programming for the museum in downtown Raleigh. 

To learn more about what previous grantees have been up to, be sure to check out their posters at the CHHE Symposium on February 14 at 5:00! 
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 

Click  here   to check them out!