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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

March 2022: M-LEEaD Newsletter: March 2022 • Cumulative Exposures and Population Health Team M-LEEaD's recent renewal submission of the P30 Center grant included a re-design of our Translational Research Teams. The goal of this reimagination is to accelerate the public health impacts of the teams' work and promote opportunities for collaboration. The first of these teams, the Cumulative Exposures and Population Health Team, aims to understand how environmental exposures over sensitive life stage impact health. Information learned from this can then be used to inform clinical and public health interventions. The team, led by Dr. Karen Peterson and Dr. Erica Jansen, is utilizing longitudinal studies to gather data... Read more

February 2022: M-LEEaD Newsletter: February 2022 • Spotlight on M-LEEaD's Translational Research Team Framework As part of M-LEEaD’s recent renewal submission of the P30 Center grant, the center has reimagined its Translational Research Teams to engage members in the acceleration of public health impacts and promote opportunities for collaboration. The Translational Research Teams, led by M-LEEaD Associate Director Vasantha Padmanabhan, will help M-LEEaD to address one of the three themes of the NIEHS's Strategic Plan: Promoting Translation – Data to Knowledge to Action. The teams will work to actively engage diverse stakeholders in identifying community priorities and create knowledge from data. Ultimately this knowledge can be used... Read more

January 2022: M-LEEaD Newsletter: January 2022 • M-LEEaD Community Engagement Core Detroit Water Shutoffs Fact Sheet Last month, the M-LEEaD Community Engagement Core (CEC) published a factsheet highlighting the issue of water shutoffs in Detroit. Detroit's water crisis is described in a 2021 publication from Moody, Easley, and Sissen, in which they detail how water shutoffs disproportionately impact non-Hispanic Black residents of the Detroit Metropolitan Area, leading to a greater public health burden in these communities. During the pandemic, water access is essential in preventing the spread of COVID-19 because it is needed for washing hands or cleaning reusable masks. Despite Governor Whitmer's executive health order, an estimated... Read more