November 2018: News and Updates
A monthly newsletter from the Center of Human Health and the Environment
Upcoming Events
11/09/2018 - Pulmonary Mini Symposium
Toxicology Building Auditorium 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Rosalind Wright from Mt. Sinai will be the plenary speaker @ 11 am.
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CHHE will miss Ernie Hodgson
Dr. Ernest Hodgson, a William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Toxicology, a founder of the North Carolina Agromedicine Institute and the first head of NC State’s former  Department of Toxicology , passed away earlier this month.

His memorial celebration will take place on Sunday Nov. 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the NC State Park Alumni Center on the North Carolina State University Centennial Campus, 2450 Alumni Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606.

Memorial contributions in Hodgson’s honor or in lieu of flowers may be made to the Foundation for Agromedicine and Toxicology Fund or the Ernest Hodgson Agromedicine and Toxicology Lecture Program Endowment. Tax-deductible gifts may be made online at   or by sending a check payable to N.C. Agricultural Foundation (note Foundation for Agromed/Tox and/or Hodgson Lecture Fund in the memo line) to: NC Ag Fdn, Campus Box 7645, Raleigh NC 27695-7645.

Did you know....
About Data storage on Campus?

Did you know that NC State provides 1 terabyte of data storage for all funded grants for the duration of the grant + 10 years? Here's the link to learn more and sign up: .  
 The libraries are a great place to start to learn more about data storage and data management plans:
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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.

Pulmonary Interest Group
Leaders: Kym Gowdy and Jane Hoppin
Symposia November 9, 2018. See details above.

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.”

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. 
Congratulations to Heather Patisaul and David Muddiman!

A new collaboration between CHHE investigator Heather Patisaul and METRIC director David Muddiman has yielded its first publication, and was selected as the featured cover story. The study, in press at  Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry,  developed new technology capable of identifying and measuring neurotransmitter (NT) levels across rat brain sections. The distribution of neurotransmitter abundance differs markedly across brain nuclei and subregions, and disruption of NT levels can be an important indicator of neurotoxicity and/or disease. For many suspected neurotoxicants and/or disease states, however, NT-related impacts are unknown and difficult to measure across large regions. Thus the capacity to detect subtle and region specific changes in NTs, including their sexually dimorphic distribution, represents a significant technical advancement that will help link environmental exposures with neural disease. "This is a huge leap forward for our research," explained Dr. Patisaul, "and a spectacular example of how valuable and unique METRIC is to NCSU and CHHE. The capacity of Dr. Muddiman's research team to create and adapt novel technology to solve technical hurdles is tremendously exciting." Via a newly awarded supplement to Dr. Patisaul's NIH R01, the research team will use this and other METRIC tools to examine how NT disruption might underlie changes in anxiety and exploratory behaviors induced by developmental exposure to flame retardants. 
Congratulations to Michael Bereman!

Researchers from North Carolina State University have identified proteins that may be useful in both earlier diagnosis of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and in more accurate disease prognosis.
ALS, often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive, neurodegenerative disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. Currently, there is no effective treatment or cure.
“The current average time from symptom onset to diagnosis for ALS patients is 1 to 1 ½ years,” says Michael Bereman, assistant professor in biological sciences at NC State, leader of the proteomics core at NC State’s Center for Human Health and the Environment (CHHE) and lead author of a paper describing the work. “A lot of time and money gets spent by patients during that time period. And once a patient has a diagnosis, the tools we currently have to monitor disease progression are very subjective.” Read more..

We want your good news! Please send it to Jackie Broughton or Jane Hoppin
CEC Update
The CEC has put out another call for proposals to the Community Mini Grant Program. Community-based organizations, nonprofits, educators, and other groups can apply for funding to address a local environmental health issue. This year, priority may be given to proposals that come from Durham, Raleigh, or Wilmington, or proposals that directly address CHHE research themes. If you know of someone who might be interested in the Mini Grant Program, please share the information with them. Applications are due  Thursday, November 15
Career Development
All investigators but particularly Early Stage Investigators are encouraged to work with the   Career Development Core i n development of their grants. Talk to   Nanette Nascone-Yoder   t o set up a chalk talk to help organize ideas for your next proposa l.
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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