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Environmental Factor

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November 2020

mix race women standing and holding hands
Breast cancer awareness seminar draws hundreds

Speakers clarified diagnosis and treatment methods, and shared tips for lowering risk and advocating for themselves.

Alexandra White, Ph.D.
Breast cancer and air pollution linked by new marker

NIEHS scientists connect particulate matter exposures with tissue changes linked to increased breast cancer risk.

Mitchell Lazar, M.D., Ph.D.
Nuclear receptors’ biological influence topic of Distinguished Lecture

Mitchell Lazar, M.D., Ph.D., discussed the importance of Rev-erb and PPARgamma in circadian rhythms, metabolism, and precision medicine.

Bonnie Joubert, Ph.D.
Cutting-edge approaches to mixtures research shared at NIEHS event

Grantees from the institute's Powering Research Through Innovative Methods for Mixtures in Epidemiology program met online Oct. 14.

Rong Li, Ph.D.
Hormone receptor implicated in ovarian cancer

NIEHS researchers use mice to better understand how ovarian tumors form.

Georges Benjamin, M.D.
Climate change, COVID-19 a double whammy for vulnerable populations

Extreme weather can worsen health problems for poor communities and minority groups battling COVID-19, said experts at NIEHS event.

Tammy Collins, Ph.D.
NIEHS trainees’ scientific contributions, hard work celebrated

Their efforts were honored during Fellow Appreciation Week, which featured virtual networking events, a trivia contest, and more.

Kasia Bebenek, Ph.D.
Double-strand DNA breaks repaired by protein called polymerase mu

NIEHS scientists used time-lapse crystallography to show the protein fixing DNA damage that can lead to cancer and other diseases.

Masahiko Negishi, Ph.D.
Negishi named NIH Emeritus Investigator

For 37 years, Masahiko has conducted pioneering research on nuclear receptors and enzymes that drive metabolism of foreign substances.

Microvi Biotechnologies, Inc., water treatment facility in CA
Small business commercializes technology with new grant

Microvi brings to market their technology for reducing hazardous chemicals in the environment, thanks to a new NIEHS small business grant.

Yasemin Sancak, Ph.D.
Mitochondrial dysfunction, disease explored through prestigious award

Interactions between mitochondria and other organelles, and how disruptions may harm health, are the focus of a new project led by NIEHS.

Joseph “Chip” Hughes
Unified vision for training workers

The NIEHS Worker Training Program fall workshop highlighted a unified vision and path forward for the next five years.

Mercedes Arana, Ph.D.
Scientific Journeys: From researcher to role model

Mercedes Arana, Ph.D., a biologist in the NIEHS DNA Replication Fidelity Group, described her inspiring career path in an interview.

Joel Kaufman, M.D., EHP Editor-in-Chief
Joel Kaufman elected to National Academy of Medicine

EHP Editor-in-Chief Joel Kaufman, M.D., was recognized for international leadership in understanding the health effects of air pollution.

Rick Woychik, Ph.D.
NIEHS launches 2020 all-virtual charity drive

The annual Combined Federal Campaign kicks off its annual drive urging federal employees to show some love.



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