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We are excited to announce that the M-LEEaD center is releasing subsidy funding to members for M-LEEaD Center core usage! Funds up to $1,400 (must be less than 50% of any request in MiCores) are available for use of projects that aim to define, explain, or mitigate impacts of environmental exposures during vulnerable stages of life. For information about our core services please visit the "cores" tab.

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Carina Gronlund, MPH, PhD
As a Center Scientist, Carina will study housing vulnerabilities to cold temperatures and their correlation with heat vulnerabilities, complementing and leveraging existing efforts. With NIEHS K99 funding, she is currently constructing a “housing-health database” of linked mortality records, Medicare claims, weather, EPA walkability, and tax and parcel records in 15 counties in Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania for 2006-2013.

Carina received her BA in Biology from the University of Chicago, with a specialization in Ecology and Evolution. Subsequently, worked as a research assistant in the Clinical Trials Office at the Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, MI before pursing a Masters in Public Health at the University of Michigan. Carina completed her MPH in 2008 and then completed her PhD in 2013 in the University of Michigan Department of Environmental Health Sciences, where she was a National Institute on Aging Public Health and Aging trainee.

View Carina's Biography Research Investigator, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research
Laurie Svoboda, PhD
As a Center Scientist, Laurie is excited for the opportunity to interact with the multidisciplinary M-LEEaD team to gain breadth of expertise in environmental health as well as establish valuable networks for future collaborations.  She earned a PhD in toxicology in the University of Michigan School of Public Health, where her research was focused on understanding the molecular underpinnings of atrial fibrillation (AF), and the mechanistic contribution of cigarette smoke exposure and oxidative stress to this condition11. It was during this time that she became interested in the field of epigenetics, and the contribution of developmental epigenetic reprogramming to the long-term risk of disease.

In order to gain expertise in the fundamentals of developmental reprogramming and epigenetics, Laurie pursued a postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric oncology. There, she made several important contributions to the understanding of the biologic mechanisms underlying Ewing sarcoma, a pediatric tumor that is driven by hijacking of normal epigenetic regulation of development.  Laurie discovered roles for developmental HOX genes12, as well as the menin-MLL113 epigenetic complex in promoting tumor growth. She further uncovered an unexpected connection between menin and cancer metabolism14. These experiences provided her with a unique skill set and perspective that she is excited to bring back to the Department of Environmental Health Sciences.

This is a two-day intensive workshop of lectures and hands-on analytical sessions that will introduce investigators at all career stages to the concepts, techniques, and data analysis methods for analyzing exposures to mixtures in environmental health studies. The workshop will be led by a collaborative team of instructors from Columbia, Harvard, and Mt. Sinai, many of whom have developed their own methods to analyze exposure to toxicant mixtures.

August 23-24, 2018

Registration Link:

  • Brent Coull, PhD, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University
  •  Chris Gennings, PhD, Research Professor and Biostatistics Division Director, Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
  • Jeff Goldsmith, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biostatistics, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
  • Marianthi-Anna Kioumourtzoglou, ScD, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
Deadline for abstracts has been extended for the Sustainability and Development Conference.

They welcome abstracts for oral presentations, lightning talks, panel sessions, posters, and workshops. Abstracts must address a conference theme and follow the abstract guidelines. The submission of full papers (from those whose abstracts are accepted) will be strongly encouraged, and the best 25 papers will be published as a special issue.


Event Dates:
November 9-11, 2018

Sustainable development, as a concept and call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and guarantee human well-being, is perhaps the greatest challenge facing humanity. The complexity of the meanings of sustainable development have meant that many scholars, researchers, decision makers, and practitioners see in it diverse ways in which to aspire for and achieve societal goals. Scholarly research, student training, and new opportunities for meaningful change continue to increase, especially with the United Nations-sponsored Sustainable Development Goals finding traction with governments and NGOs alike.In collaboration with the journal World Development, this international conference on Sustainability and Development seeks to bring together a diverse and interdisciplinary constituency to engage with the best approaches and means to implement the Sustainable Development Goals and assess progress towards them.

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The New York City Exposome Symposium, hosted by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, is now open for registration. Dr. Bhramar Mukherjee will be speaking "Approaches to EWAS Analysis" at this meeting.

Event Dates:
November 2 - 3, 2018

The New York City Exposome Symposium, will be hosted by the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. This symposium is designed to be an introduction to exposomics, the study of how the complex mix of nutritional, chemical, and social environments shape human health throughout the lifespan. Learn about the use of old and new methods in the field and an illustration of the challenges. This symposium will be of interest both to researchers new to the field and to those who are already practicing exposomics..

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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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