March 2019: News and Updates
A monthly newsletter from the Center of Human Health and the Environment
Upcoming Events

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

3/21/2019 - Museum of Natural Sciences will feature "Science Cafe: What Have You Been Drinking" with Scott Belcher.
Museum of Natural Sciences
Daily Planet Cafe
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Simple desk calendar for March 2019
Symposium a huge success!
 
The 3rd Annual CHHE Symposium "Exploring PFAS in NC: Impact on the Environment and Human Health" was a great success. Over 150 people attended, including the Director on NIEHS. Speakers included Sharon Lerner from the Intercept, Veronica Vieria from UC: Irvine, and Mike Abraczinskas from NC Department of Air Quality. 

CHHE members Scott Belcher, Jamie DeWitt, Jane Hoppin, Nadine Kotlarz and Detlef Knappe presented their research.

One highlight of the meeting was the Community Panel which included Phillip Tarte from the New Hanover County Health Department, Kemp Burdette from the Cape Fear River Watch, Denise Bruce from Sustainable Sandhills, and Emily Sutton from the Haw River Assembly. 

The Community Panel highlighted the issues faced by PFAS affected communities and identified areas where CHHE could provide additional support. Dr. Linda Birnbaum, director of NIEHS, gave closing remarks.
Thanks to the Symposium committee (J ane Hoppin, Jackie Broughton, Theresa Guillette, Detlef Knappe, Nadine Kotlarz, Katy May, and Tony Planchart) for a great event. Start thinking up ideas for next year's cross cutting symposium!
2018 CHHE Highlights
Kudos
Congratulations to Jane Hoppin for being selected as a 2018-2019 University Faculty Scholar! Read more....

Congratulation to Cathrine Hoyo for receiving a NIH R21 entitled "Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Epigenetics and Cadmium Exposure"
2/1/2019 to 1/31/2020 ($436,298)

Congratulations to Randy Jirtle for being the recipient of the 2019 Hollaender Award. Read more....

Congrats to Seth Kullman and Fred Wright for being co-investigators on recently funded R01's

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.
Community Outreach
Community Mini Grant recipients presented their findings and accomplishments at the 2019 CHHE Symposium. Denise Bruce, of Sustainable Sandhills, presented the group's work on mold remediation training in response to Hurricanes Matthew and Florence. Emily Sutton, of the Haw River Assembly, showed the group's research on PFAS in the Haw River, and its implications for local policymakers. Grad students presented work done with Sound Rivers Inc. that used citizen science water quality monitoring to collect data on harmful algal blooms. 
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.
Reminders 
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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