October 2017: News and Updates
A monthly newsletter from the Center of Human Health and the Environment
Upcoming Events
10/16 - Nature and Health Symposium 
Featuring visiting scholars in town for ISES 2017. Jordan Hall 1214. 4:00 pm-5:00 pm.
Jenny Roe : Green health pathways: a theoretical framework and applications. Matilda van den Bosch : Properties of urban green spaces facilitating psychological restoration. Peter James :
Estimating exposure to nature and its relation to human health within the Nurses' Health Study Cohorts.  

10/27 - CHHE Zebrafish Interest Group Mini Symposium. Toxicology Auditorium, 2104 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

10/23 - Beer-Reviewed Science
"Meet your Brain" - a conversation with John Meitzen 6:30 - 7:30 at Raleigh Brewing Company

10/31 - 19th Annual Neuroscience Symposium
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
East Carolina Heart Institute

11/16 - CHHE Fall Social
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Toxicology Building Auditorium





10/17 - CHHE & Toxicology Program Co-sponsored Seminar  - Jason Richardson, Northeast Ohio Med. University "Mechanisms of Gene-Environment Interactions in Alzheimer's Disease"
Toxicology Auditorium, 2104 Noon - 1:00 pm

WebEx info listed here
Dr. Jason Richardson is a professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at NEOMED, associate dean for Research in the College of Pharmacy and the founding director of a university-wide research focus area in Neurodegenerative Disease and Aging. Dr. Richardson has interests in; 1) the development of drugs to mitigate acute neurotoxicant exposures 2) gene-environment interactions in Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Disease. 
Interest Groups
We’ve created five cross-cutting interest groups for CHHE members to get involved with. Join one or more to get involved. Check out the CHHE calendar for upcoming Interest Group meetings.

Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals Group
The Environmental Epigenetics Interest Group
Leaders: David Aylor and Mike Cowley
Neuroscience Group
Pulmonary Interest Group
Leaders: Kym Gowdy and Jane Hoppin
Zebrafish Group
Leader: Heather Shive
Kudos
Congratulations to Trudy Mackay  and  Robert Anholt  for receiving a five-year $2,484,110 grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to study the genetics of cocaine and methamphetamine sensitivity in Drosophila.




We want your good news! Please send it to Jackie Broughton or Jane Hoppin
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 Chris McGahan to set up a chalk talk to help organize ideas for your next proposal. 
 
Beer-Reviewed Science
Carolyn Mattingly and Tony Planchard led a stimulating discussion at September's Beer-Reviewed Science. The audience learned about the knowledge gaps that still remain for the thousands of chemicals in manufacture and use in our everyday lives. We also discussed how much information is known but still buried in the literature waiting to be synthesized and presented in such a way that researchers and regulators can easily access and utilize it.

If you missed our last Beer-Reviewed Science, fret not. This month, just in time for Halloween, join us for a conversation with John Meitzen and learn all about your brain. Come prepared with your questions about how the brain works and how to keep your brain healthy. We will even have a real human brain so that you can get up close and personal with your brain.


COEC Update
This month, the COEC selected the next round of Community Mini Grant recipients. Thanks to all those who reviewed. We received 28 mini-grants from community groups all over North Carolina. Thanks to the 19 center members who reviewed these proposals. We had some difficult choices to make.   Sound Rivers The Haw River Assembly , and  Sustainable Sandhills  will each receive $8,000 to address local environmental health issues, including harmful algal blooms, drinking water contamination, and household mold.

Contact Katy May for more information ( kmay2@ncsu.edu). 
CHHE Fall Social
Rob Smart will give a brief update on the state of the center, followed by a presentation by our 2016 CHHE Community Mini Grant Program grantees. 

The three community-based organizations will give short presentations on how CHHE funding has helped them address environmental health issues in their communities over the last year. Topics will include citizen science, air quality, healthy homes, traffic impacts, and more. 

This will be a great opportunity to learn more about on-the-ground environmental health needs, and perhaps establish some new collaboration opportunities. It also shows our community partners that we have a vested interest in their work. Drinks and appetizers to follow!

Reach out to Katy May with any questions. 
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 
Nineteen publications have cited the CHHE this year - click here to check them out!
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