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Environmental Factor

Environmental Factor

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February 2022

e-cigarettes and vape pens
E-cigarettes expose users to toxic metals such as arsenic, lead

Preliminary results from the NIEHS-funded EMIT study were shared by Ana María Rule, Ph.D., from Johns Hopkins University, during her Jan. 19 Keystone Science Lecture.

Michael Fessler, M.D.
NIEHS serves as coordinating site for the NIH Metabolomics Consortium

NIEHS intends to expand NIH scientists' access to technology that identifies small molecules in biological and environmental samples.

Darlene Dixon, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Environmental justice, health disparities top of mind at tox meeting

North Carolina Society of Toxicology event included talks on pollution in communities of color, and NIEHS trainees won research awards.

Man spraying pesticides on grass
Pesticide exposure on Thai farms mapped by NIEHS-funded scientists

The researchers used geographic information system mapping to track the health effects of such exposure among farmers.

Gwen Collman, Ph.D.
Breast cancer group honors Collman with Distinguished Service Award

NIEHS Acting Deputy Director Gwen Collman, Ph.D., accepted the award during a webinar hosted by the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition.

Matthew Rand, Ph.D.
Mercury exposure affects more than just the brain — muscles, too

NIEHS-funded researchers at the University of Rochester have uncovered new methylmercury exposure pathways in fruit fly and mouse models.

Kasturi Mitra, Ph.D.
Cells’ vulnerability to carcinogens influenced by mitochondria’s shape

Kasturi Mitra, Ph.D., studies how the structure of organelles called mitochondria can affect cellular response to cancer-causing agents.

Jackson Hoffman
Stress hormones’ role in breast cancer illuminated by NIEHS research

The scientists uncovered a biological mechanism by which hormone treatment promotes the activation of a gene in breast cancer cells.

Joan Packenham, Ph.D.
Autoimmune diseases and women’s health spotlighted during webinar

Members of the NIEHS Women's Health Awareness community learned how conditions such as lupus can affect pregnancy, during Jan. 13 event.

Dropping sample into test tube with light blue liquid.
Complexities of PFAS research focus of congressional hearing

More research into per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances and how they affect health is critical, said NIEHS grantees.

Kara Margolis, M.D.
Mood and gut disorders linked to impaired serotonin transport

Functional gastrointestinal disorders often are accompanied by depression and anxiety, noted Kara Margolis, M.D., during Jan. 12 NIEHS lecture.

Cetewayo Rashid, Ph.D.
Early-career researchers celebrated in new speaker series

The NIEHS Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers kicked off the series with talks on flame retardants, computational toxicology.

Serena Dudek
NIEHS employees shatter expectations for charity drive

The theme of the 2021 Combined Federal Campaign was 'You can be the face of change.'


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