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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

May 2022: M-LEEaD Newsletter: May 2022 • M-LEEaD's recent renewal submission of the P30 Center Grant involved the re-design of our Translational Research Teams with the goal of accelerating public health impacts of the teams' work and promoting opportunities for collaboration. The last of these teams to be featured in our monthly newsletter is the Toxicological Mechanisms and Improving Health Outcomes Team. This team, led by Dr. Vasantha Padmanabhan and Dr. Laurie Svoboda, seeks to advance mechanistic toxicology research that will inform behavioral, nutritional, and pharmacologic interventions aimed at mitigating the effects of exposures in human populations. This objective is met through the use of in vitro cell... Read more

April 2022: M-LEEaD Newsletter: April 2022 • Climate Change and Health Disparities Team As part of M-LEEaD's recent renewal submission of the P30 center grant, our Translational Research Teams were re-designed with the goal of accelerating public health impacts of the teams' work and promoting opportunities for collaboration. The Climate Change and Health Disparities Team's objective is to advance research to inform interventions that reduce the health impacts of climate change-related exposures and disparities within these impacts. Led by Dr. Toby Lewis and Dr. Carina Gronlund, the team works to meet this objective by using exposure assessments related to climate (such as indoor temperatures and outdoor pollen levels);... Read more