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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 (

Short-Term Rapid Response Pilot Project Grant:

Rapid Response pilot project funding objectives:

The objective of this RFA is to provide short-term small research grants to stimulate new directions and enhance current projects relevant to impacts of environmental exposures during vulnerable stages of life. The M-LEEaD Center especially encourages proposals that will use the funds to complete an ongoing study for publication, acquire preliminary data supporting a grant application to an external funding agency such as the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), or include research-community partnerships.

The M-LEEaD Center’s Community Engagement Core (CEC) facilitates multi-directional engagement of researchers and stakeholders. Investigators interested in working with research-community partnerships must consult with the CEC Leader Dr. Amy Schulz, and Coordinator Sharon Sand,

Funding Period: December 15, 2018 – March 31, 2019 
Budgets should be prepared with a start date of December 15, 2018 and an end date of March 31, 2019. Awarded funds must be spent by March 31, 2019. This is a short-term Rapid Response pilot project.

Eligibility: Any member of the University of Michigan Faculty (tenure-track, clinical-track or research-track) is eligible to apply as Principle Investigator (PI). A proposal should have only a single PI.

Amount: Standard project budget requests may be up to $3,900, with at least half of the proposed budget used for M-LEEaD core services. It is anticipated that 5 awards will be made.


Final grant applications: November 19, 2018
Please follow this link for more details. Applications should be submitted electronically through the M-LEEaD website at ( ).
This October Dr. Sung Kyun Park's paper was selected as an NIEHS extramural paper of the month (NIEHS Environmental Factor website)!

Wang W, Moroi S, Bakulski K, Mukherjee B, Weisskopf MG, Schaumberg D, Sparrow D, Vokonas PS, Hu H, Park SK. 2018. Bone lead levels and risk of incident primary open-angle glaucoma: The VA Normative Aging Study. Environ Health Perspect 126(8):087002.  


          10/30/2018 - 9 am - 10 am - Forum Hall, Palmer Commons     
Susan Buchanan, MD, MPH
Assoc Director, Great Lakes Center for Children's Environmental Health, PEHSU; U of IL, Chicago
"The Health Effects of Children's Exposure to Environmental Toxicants"
Administrative Core Fall Seminar Series

          11/06/2018 - Noon - Room 3755 SPH I     
Courtney Carignan, PhD 
Asst Professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Pharmacology and Toxicology, MSU
 "Intervention to reduce gymnast exposure to flame retardants: A case study"
Integrated Health Sciences Core

          11/19/2018 - Noon - Room 1680 SPH I     
Almudena Veiga-Lopez, DVM, PhD
Asst Professor of Animal Science, Reproductive and Developmental Sciences, Toxicology, MSU
"Gestational bisphenols: is the placenta at risk?"
Administrative Core Fall Seminar Series

          11/20/2018 - Noon - 3755 SPH I      
Humberto Lugo
Air Monitoring Manager, Comité Civico Del Valle, Inc

"Community-based Environmental Monitoring for Public Health Action: The Imperial County Community Air Monitoring Network"
Integrated Health Sciences Core & Community Engagement Core

          12/04/2018 - Noon - Room 3755 SPH I     
Andrea Cassidy-Bushrow, PhD 
Assoc Scientist, Dept of Public Health Sciences, Henry Ford Health System & CURES Center
"Wayne Tri-County Health & Environment Allergy Longitudinal Study (WHEALS) tooth
metals and gut microbiome"
Integrated Health Sciences Core

          12/11/2018 - Noon - Room 3755 SPH I     
Jane Hoppin, ScD 
Deputy Director, Center for Human Health & Environment, Assoc Prof Dept Biological Sciences, N Carolina State U
Integrated Health Sciences Core

          02/13/2019 - TBD - Room TBD      
Susan Nagel, PhD
Associate Professor, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health,
University of Missouri School of Medicine

"Endocrine and developmental effects of chemicals used in natural gas extraction"  
Paige Lawrence, PhD
Professor and Chair, Environmental Health Sciences Center,
University of Rochester Medical Center

“Exposure to water contaminants associated with unconventional oil and gas extraction affects the immune system."
Winter Seminar Series with ETEP Symposium

          03/28/2019 - Noon - Room 1655 SPH I       
Yoel Sadovsky, MD
Executive Director, Magee-Womens Research InstituteDepartment of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive SciencesUniversity of Pittsburgh

Administrative Core Winter Seminar Series
Michigan State University seeks a scientifically distinguished individual eager to continue to build a national center focused on advancing public good through increased research, training and risk communication in, and understanding of, ingredients in food and consumer-product safety. The individual will serve as the Director of the Center for Research on Ingredient Safety (CRIS), a program for food and consumer product ingredient safety that broadly builds capability in ingredient safety-related research, training and risk communication. CRIS is an academic, science-based center that serves as a leading source for information on the safe use of chemical ingredients in consumer products including foods, beverages, cosmetics and household consumer products.

Description of how to apply:
To apply, qualified applicants must submit an application at the MSU Human Resources website at (Posting #534799) that should include a: 1) cover letter; 2) current curriculum vitae; 3) statement of teaching / research accomplishments and philosophy that highlights their alignment with our desired qualifications as described in the Position Description; 4) vision statement for CRIS; 5) summary of experience/philosophy fostering diversity and inclusion in their professional roles; and 6) list of three references (address, e-mail and phone). Points 3 to 5 should be no longer than 2 pages each. Review of the applications will begin December 7, 2018 and the search will remain open until the position is filled. Start date is negotiable (April - August 2019 is desired). For more information on this position, please contact the search committee co-chairs: Dr. Jay Goodman, and Dr. Suzanne Lang,

Dr. Hammoud and ASRM/AUA Bruce Stewart Lecture

On Tuesday October 9th, Dr. Sue Hammoud had the honor of giving the annual AUA Bruce Stewart Memorial lecture at the American Society of Reproductive Medicine national meeting. We would like to extend our congratulations, the Dr. Bruce Stewart lecture is the most prominent urologic lecture at the ASRM. 
Recent Publications citing M-LEEaD:
Siddiqui O, Zhang H, Guan Y, Omenn GS. Chromosome 17 Missing Proteins: Recent Progress and Future Directions as Part of the neXt-MP50 Challenge. J Proteome Res. 2018 Oct 23. doi: 10.1021/acs.jproteome.8b00442. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30280577.

Ferguson KK, Kamai EM, Cantonwine DE, Mukherjee B, Meeker JD, McElrath TF. Associations between repeated ultrasound measures of fetal growth and biomarkers of maternal oxidative stress and inflammation in pregnancy. Am J Reprod Immunol. 2018 Oct;80(4):e13017. doi: 10.1111/aji.13017. Epub 2018 Jul 8. PubMed PMID: 29984454; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6160349.

The MSU Science Festival Proposal Submission Site will be accepting proposals through November 1. The 2019 theme is Unraveling the Mysteries. This is a STEAM-focused festival, incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics for K-12 educators and students.  

Registration Link:

Event Date:
April 5th- 20th

  • Build relationships with the general public as well as underrepresented groups.
  • Connect with k-12 educators and students.
  • Enhance public understanding of science.
  • Provide the opportunity for an exchange of ideas between researchers and an interested public that will mutually inspire new perspectives.
  • Share your story, the science you love and the diverse range of careers in your field.

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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Support for this center is provided by grant P30ES017885 from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health

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