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May 2023: M-LEEaD Newsletter May 2023 • The Center Scientist position, offered through M-LEEaD's Career Development Program led by Gil Omenn and Justin Colacino, provides special mentorship experiences to two early stage investigators, and selected candidates engage in research that addresses the goals of the M-LEEaD Center to define, explain, or mitigate impacts of environmental exposures during vulnerable stages of life. We are pleased to announce the 2023-24 Center Scientists! Xin Wang, PhD, MPH, is a Research Investigator in the Department of Epidemiology. He received his PhD and MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Michigan. With a strong foundation in environmental epidemiology, Dr. Wang is dedicated... Read more

April 2023: M-LEEaD Newsletter April 2023- Center Scientist Successes, Member News and Upcoming Events • Both of M-LEEaD’s current Center Scientists attended and presented posters at the 2023 Society of Toxicology meeting in Nashville, Tennessee. We would like to highlight some of their recent successes! Rebekah Petroff (Bek), a postdoctoral fellow researching epigenetics and environmental exposures in the lab of Drs. Jackie Goodrich and Dana Dolinoy, presented a poster at SOT on the topic of the associations between developmental lead and DEHP exposure and differences in brain and blood DNA hydroxymethylation. An article, which Bek was first author on, was just published in Clinical Epigenetics, with the title “Mediation effects of DNA methylation and hydroxymethylation... Read more

March 2023: M-LEEaD Newsletter March 2023 • M-LEEaD Traditional Pilot Project Grants- now accepting applications! M-LEEaD’s Pilot Project Program provides limited, short-term funding to encourage innovation, creativity, and multidisciplinary collaborations, to attract new scientists to our center, and to address gaps in our knowledge about lifestage vulnerability to environmental exposures. Proposed projects should foster research related to the M-LEEaD Center’s mission and/or the Strategic Plan of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). Applications are being accepted through March 20th, 2023. Proposals should address one or more of the following objectives: Provide initial support in environmental health sciences for early investigators; Allow exploration of innovative directions representing a... Read more

January 2023: M-LEEaD Newsletter February 2023: Spotlight on R&R Seminar Series, Statistics Consulting, Corrected Center News Features • Have you caught any of M-LEEaD’s Residents & Researchers (R&R) Seminars? The R&R series, a collaboration between the Community Engagement and Integrated Health Sciences Cores, facilitates partnerships and understanding of community concerns among M-LEEaD researchers - and of scientific research among people experiencing environmental exposures in their communities. The goal is to help connect research on environmental risk factors to the experience of environmental hazards in the places where people live, work and play - and even more importantly, to provide examples of the power of partnerships between researchers and community residents in addressing critical environmental health issues. The focus... Read more


December 2022: M-LEEaD Newsletter December 2022- APHA Updates, News and Events • The APHA 2022 conference from November 6-9 focused on creating health equity, meaning that everyone has the opportunity to attain their highest level of health, and confronting and acknowledging racism and bias in the U.S. This year, the theme was 150 Years of Creating the Healthiest Nation: Leading the Path Toward Equity. M-LEEaD’s Community Engagement Core Co-Leader Amy Schulz and other members were well-represented at this event with two presentations: Presentation 1: MI Future MI Power: Community mobilization and mapping to promote energy equity. Sergio Cira-Reyes from the Urban Core Collective in Grand Rapids and Amy Schulz presented on behalf... Read more

November 2022: M-LEEaD Newsletter November 2022- Event updates, News features including ALS Research, MI-CARES, Detroit's Water Affordability Plan • We hope you were able to join us for some of our amazing in-person events so far this semester, including: - The Integrated Health Sciences Core hosted our 2022 Environmental Statistics Day on October 24, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Corwin Zigler from the University of Texas. Dr. Zigler presented on “Causal Inference in Air Quality Regulation: an Overview and Topics in Statistical Methodology,” and the event included an expert panel discussion with SPH faculty Sara Adar, Tim Dvonch, and Roderick Little. Watch a recording of the presentation, panel discussion, and Lighting Talks by current students and postdocs working on environmental... Read more

September 2022: M-LEEaD Newsletter September 2022- New Center Scientists, Recap from EHSCC Meeting • The 2022 NIEHS Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) Core Centers in-person meeting was hosted by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai this past July, with stellar attendance from centers across the country. Climate change and health, translational toxicology, and environmental justice and health inequities represent important areas of scientific focus at NIEHS and were explored during the three-day meeting. Our M-LEEaD Center was well represented at the event, and highlights included: - Simone Charles presented “On The Road to Scientific Workforce Diversity: Many Paths, One Destination” - Carina Gronlund’s talk at the plenary session on Climate Change & Human Health... Read more

July 2022: M-LEEaD Newsletter: July 2022- Our Center has been Renewed! • I am happy to announce NIEHS has issued the M-LEEaD Center our Notice of Award for a new 5-year cycle! Thank you to the M-LEEaD community for your hard work and dedication to the center! This renewal means our environmental health sciences core center can continue our important work improving the understanding of the contribution of environmental exposures toward the etiology of chronic diseases and throughout different lifestages. We are excited to re-energize the Center later this summer and fall and continue working on our mission! Thank you for all your hard work and patience, Dana Dolinoy, PhD M-LEEaD Center Director M-LEEaD Pilot Project... Read more

June 2022: M-LEEaD Newsletter: June 2022 • M-LEEaD’s Community Engagement Core (CEC) has created new resources (hosted on the M-LEEaD website) relating to lead and water. The EPA’s new Lead & Copper Rule sets a lower limit on the amount of lead allowed in drinking water. Because of this, some Michigan residents were notified of elevated levels of lead and copper in their drinking water for the first time. The new listing of Michigan Lead & Water Resources is a great, comprehensive resource of tips and links on what to do if notified (available in English, Spanish, and Arabic). There is also a new infographic on 5... Read more