October 2020: News and Updates
A monthly newsletter from the Center of Human Health and the Environment
Upcoming Events
10/8/20 Pulmonary Interest Group Meeting
12:00 noon
Meeting will be held via Zoom

10/13/20 Toxicology Program Seminar: Berna van Wendel de Joode, Universidad Nacional Costa Rica, “The Infant’s Environmental Health Study (ISA) a Birth Cohort situated in Rural Costa Rica”
4:00pm
Seminar will be held via Zoom webinar:

10/20/20 Toxicology Program Seminar: Anita McClernon, bioMONTR Labs, “From the Mountains to the Sea: My Journey thru
Molecular Biology"
4:00pm
Seminar will be held via Zoom webinar:
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10/27/20 Toxicology Program Seminar: Linda Birnbaum. Former Director NIEHS
“The Challenge of PFAS"
4:00pm
Seminar will be held via Zoom webinar:
Seminar Speakers:
Professor Berna van Wendel de Joode is an environmental epidemiologist at the Central American Institute for Studies on Toxic Substances at the Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica, whose work mainly focuses on exposure assessment, pesticides, neurobehavioral effects, and, more recently, ecosystem approaches to human health. She is the PI of the Infants’ Environmental Health study (ISA, for its acronym in Spanish) a community-based birth cohort study studying the effects of pesticides and manganese on children’s and maternal health with an extensive outreach program.
10/13/20 4:00pm
Seminar will be held via Zoom webinar:


Linda Birnbaum served as director of the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences, as well as the National Toxicology Program, from January 2009 until October 2019. Before that, Dr. Birnbaum was a toxicologist at the Environmental Protection Agency.   She has authored over 600 peer-reviewed publications. Her research focuses on the pharmacokinetic behavior of environmental chemicals and their health effects, with a focus on endocrine disruptors, including dioxins, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), and PFAS. Dr. Birnbaum has received numerous awards including being elected to the Institute of Medicine, and receiving the Distinguished Alumna Award from the University of Illinois and an honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Rochester, and the Homer N. Calver Award from the American Public Health Association.
10/27/20 4:00pm
Seminar will be held via Zoom webinar:
Pumonary Interest Group
Please plan to join us for this fall meeting for the Pulmonary RIG! Due to pandemic restrictions, we will plan to meet via Zoom to check in with each other, see what people are up to and potentially find ways to collaborate. Mark your calendars for Thursday Oct 8, at 12:00pm. Bring your ideas and thoughts on what we'd like to do for the coming year.
Welcome New Member
Ayse Ercumen, Dept. of Forestry and Environmental Resources, Full membership
Kudos
CHHE members participated in the 38th Annual Meeting of the Mountains West Society of Toxicology. The theme of the meeting was Epigenetics & Toxicology: The organism-environment interface and its role in health.
Randy Jirtle was an invited keynote speaker. His talk, entitled "Epigenetic toxicology: a personal perspective", was an inspiring account of a career in the field.
Mark Simmers (Cowley Lab) won First Prize for his poster presentation. Mark's poster was titled "Epigenetic dysregulation of imprinted genes in cadmium-induced placental insufficiency".
Sierra Moorefield (Cowley Lab) won Second Prize for her talk. Sierra's talk was titled "Programming liver disease from developmental exposure to cadmium".
Congratulations to all!

Greg Kearney served as theme editor for this issue of the North Carolina Medical Journal, as well as a co-author on "Calor Extremo"
and Suzanne Lea is a co-author on

Seth Kullman's work with the Duke Superfund Center was highlighted in the September issue of the Superfund Digest. Read more about it here.

Seth Kullman's team has a press release on a new study published in Scientific Reports: "Vitamin D Deficiency Leads to Obesity, Stunted Growth in Zebrafish" Read more here.

We want your good news! Please send it to Jackie Broughton or Jane Hoppin.
CHHE members and their students were well represented at the NC Society of Toxicology (NCSOT) meeting in September. Scott Belcher is currently the vice president of the NCSOT. Thomas Jackson (Belcher lab); Ho Young Lee (Bonner lab); and Rubia Martin (Bereman/Marsden labs) gave talks at the meeting!

Thomas Jackson “Gestational Cd Exposure in the CD-1 Mouse Induces Metabolic Syndrome in Adult Female Offspring”

Ho Young Lee “Pulmonary Exposure of Mice to Perfluoro-2- propoxy Propanoic Acid (Genx) Transforms Alveolar Macrophages from a Pro-inflammatory Phenotype to a Proliferative Phenotype”

Rubia Martin “Exposure to a mixture of BMAA and MCLR behavior in larval zebrafish while exacerbating molecular changes related to neurodegeneration”
Interest Groups News
Environmental Epigenetics and Genetics 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.

Behavior and Neuroscience Interest Group
Leader: Emilie Rissman
This group will focus on research examining the influences of the environment on issues in Neuroscience. Examples of the environment include sensory, diet, behaviors, neurotoxicants, etc. Goals include increasing research collaborations, grant submissions, enhancing trainee presentation skills and our presence at the Society for Neuroscience meeting.


Pulmonary Interest Group
LeaderVijay Sivaraman
This 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. We 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. Please plan to join us for this fall meeting for the Pulmonary RIG! Due to pandemic restrictions, we will plan to meet via Zoom to check in with each other, see what people are up to and potentially find ways to collaborate. Mark your calendars for Thursday Oct 8, at 12:00pm. Bring your ideas and thoughts on what we'd like to do for the coming year.

Emerging Contaminants Interest Group
Leader: Jane Hoppin
Are you studying PFAS, BMAA, green space, nanoparticles, other emerging topics of interest? If so, think about joining the Emerging Contaminants Research Interest Group. 
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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