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Now accepting 2018-2019 Pilot Applications!

The Michigan Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease (M-LEEaD) Center announces support to initiate new research projects or to extend existing projects that aim to define, explain, or mitigate impacts of environmental exposures during vulnerable stages of life. Projects that aim to include, develop, or expand research-community partnerships are encouraged. Additional information about the M-LEEaD Center and this Pilot Project Program can be found on the Center’s website,

Traditional Pilot Project Grant

Funding Period: July 1, 2018 – March 31, 2019 
Budgets should be prepared with a start date of July 1, 2018 and an end date of March 31, 2019. Awarded funds must be spent by the end of the funding period.

Eligibility: Any member of the University of Michigan Faculty (tenure-track or research track) is eligible to apply for this support. A proposal should have only a single PI.

Amount: We estimate that 4-6 awards will be made of $20,000-$40,000 each. 


Letter of Intent Due Date: 
April 6, 2018

Sent to Pilot Program Leader, Dr. Dana Dolinoy ( and Center Administrator, Michelle Daoud ( by 5:00 pm on April 6, 2018. This is needed in order to secure reviewers for the review process.

Final grant applications: on or before 5:00 p.m. May 17, 2018
Please follow this link for more details. Applications should be submitted electronically through the M-LEEaD website at ( ).
Accepting Center Scientist Applications

 M-LEEaD is accepting Center Scientist  applications for 1 to 2 Center Scientists. The Center Scientist position provides special mentorship experiences to an early stage investigator and includes a contribution to salary and benefits. The Center Scientist is expected to 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.

Application due date: April 6, 2018; expected funding period: May 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019. 

Find the full announcement here, (PDF)
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Winter Seminar Series

This winter M-LEEaD has had the honor to host many great speakers for our Winter Seminar Series. We would like to thank Vasantha Padmanabhan PhD, the leader of the M-LEEaD Research Engagement Program, who has organized this year’s Winter Seminar Series. This successful series has touched on many “hot topics” with Chirag Patel speaking on “Challenges and Opportunities in Building a Search Engine to Discover New Exposures in Disease,” Dongeun (Dan) Huh speaking on “Microengineered Physiological Bio-Mimicry: Human Organs-on-a-Chips,” Andrea Baccarelli “How are big data changing environmental health? Examples from exposure science, epidemiology, and environmental epigenetics” and Jennifer J. Adibi speaking on March 21st about “Placental Endocrine Disruption: a Critical Link between Maternal Exposure and Child Health.”   As part of the seminar series, the M-LEEaD Center co-hosted the Annual Environmental Health Sciences Symposium and Doctoral Poster Day on February 8th working with the NIEHS T32-supported Environmental Toxicology and Epidemiology Training Program. Along with Vasantha, we would like to thank all of the wonderful hosts that have helped make the Winter Seminar Series a success. With the efforts from Kelly Bakulski, Dave Bridges, Justin Colacino, Jackie Goodrich, Sean Harris,  Olivier Jolliet, Rita Loch-Caruso, and Kari Neier we have been able to learn from each of our speakers!
Upcoming Events

            03/14/2018- 11:30 Room 1655 SPH I       
     Brent Coull, PhD 
(Professor of Biostatistics Associate Chair of the Department of Biostatistics, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health)
Integrated Health Sciences Core- Environmental Statistics Day

            03/14/2018 - 2:30pm - Room 1690 SPH I     
     Lianne Sheppard, PhD 
(Assistant Chair, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences Professor, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences Professor, Biostatistics, University of Washington School of Public Health) 
Integrated Health Sciences Core- Environmental Statistics Day

            03/20/2018 - 4:00-6:00pm - Room 1690 SPH I      
 Panel discussion focused on the landmark National Academics of Sciences (NAS) Report: Application of Systematic Review Methods in an Overall Strategy for Evaluating Low-Dose Toxicity from Endocrine Active Chemicals. 
 Contact Trish Koman ( for more information.  
Integrated Health Sciences Core
Panel Discussion

            03/21/2018- Noon - Room 3755 SPH I      
Jennifer Adibi, MPH, ScD
Talk: Placental endocrine disruption:
a critical link between maternal exposure and child health
(Assistant Professor, Epidemiology, 
Obstetrics/Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences,
University of Pittsburgh) 
M-LEEaD Winter Seminar Series

      03/27/2018 - Noon - Room 3755 SPH I     
Michael Elliott, PhD 
"CHARM(ing) ECHO: developing of a probability sample
of MI births using birth certificate records"
Integrated Health Sciences Core
Environmental Statistics Discussion Series

          04/24/2018 - Noon - Room 3755 SPH I     
Bhramar Mukherjee, PhD & Roderick Little, PhD
"To Bayes or not to Bayes"
Integrated Health Sciences Core
Environmental Statistics Discussion Series
Registration is open for the June 21-22, 2018 Epigenetics Boot Camp at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health!

The Epigenetics Boot Camp: Planning and Analyzing DNA Methylation Studies is a two-day intensive workshop of seminars and hands-on analytical sessions will provide an overview of concepts, techniques, and data analysis methods utilized in environmental epigenetics studies. Students and investigators at all career stages are welcome.

More Information:
Boot Camp Website
Prerequisites and Requirements
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Email Organizers from Columbia 

Click here for a PDF with useful information about NIH Public Access Policy regarding citing the center grant.

Per NIH grants policy, all publications, press releases, and other documents relevant to research funded by the center must include a specific acknowledgement of support. For the EHS Core Center, this statement may read:

“Support for this research was provided by grant P30ES017885 from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.”
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