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(Pictured Left to Right: Jane Hoppin, ScD, Kemp Burdette, Richard Rediske, PhD, and Marie O’Neill, PhD)

On Tuesday, December 11th , the Integrated Health Sciences Core (IHSC) and the Community Engagement Core (CEC) co-sponsored a talk featuring Jane Hoppin, ScD and Kemp Burdette on “Community- Academic Collaboration on Drinking Water Contaminated by Fluorinated Compounds”. Fluorinated compounds, also known as per- or polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), are a class of water-repellent and stain-resistant chemicals known to be used as a treatment on many products, such as, clothing, firefighting foams, food wrapping, pots/pans, and furniture.
Jane Hoppin, ScD, an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences and Deputy Director of the NIEHS funded P30 Center for Human Health and the Environment at North Carolina State University, discussed the timeline and ongoing research on fluorinated compounds that occurred after a story broke in 2017 about the Cape Fear River Basin being contaminated with GenX. GenX is a PFAS compound that has been used as a replacement for PFOA since the voluntary EPA phase began in 2006. Dr. Hoppin discussed current water and blood testing results that revealed increased concentrations of various PFAS in samples due to contamination of the Cape Fear River.
Kemp Burdette is currently the Cape Fear Riverkeeper at Cape Fear River Watch, a non-profit organization formed by local citizens concerned about the future of the Cape Fear River basin and surrounding areas. Mr. Burdette discussed important and informative methods for engaging the community in Dr. Hoppin’s research. He stressed that a constant dialogue between various community groups will facilitate an open line of communication between academia and the community; thus decreasing community concerns and improving transparency.
Recordings of past IHSC seminars can be found on the M-LEEaD website,
          1/22/2019 - 1:00- 2:00 pm - 1690 SPH 1     
Environmental Statistics Day with Lance Waller, PhD
Professor & Chair Dept Biostatistics & Bioinformatics Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
Integrated Health Sciences Core 
          1/31/2019 - 5:00- 7:30 pm - 1755 SPH 1      
Film Screening: "The Devil We Know"
West Virginians take on a powerful corporation that dumped PFASs
into their drinking water

Co-sponsored by COHSE

          02/13/2019 - 10:00 -11:00 am - Room M1152 SPH 2     
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

        02/13/2019 - 1:30 -2:30 pm - Room 1755 (auditorium) SPH I    
Gwen Collman, PhD
Director, Division of Extramural Research & Training,
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Career Talk
Winter Seminar Series with ETEP Symposium

          02/25/2019 - Noon - Room 3755 SPH I       
Leonardo Trasande, MD, MPP
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Environmental Medicine, 
Population Health

New York University
“Role of environmental exposures in childhood obesity and cardiovascular risks, including assessment of economic cost burden”
Administrative Core Winter Seminar Series 
        02/25/2019 - 4:30 - 6:30pm - Room 1755 SPH I      
Leonardo Trasande, MD, MPP
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics,
Environmental Medicine, Population Health

New York University
Book Talk, "Sicker, Fatter, Poorer: The Urgent Threat of Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals to Our Health and Future . . . and What We Can Do About It"

Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP
Director, Pediatric Residency Program, Hurley Medical Center
Associate Professor, Pediatrics and Human Development
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Book Talk, "What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City"

Administrative Core Winter Seminar Series 
          02/26/2019 - 4:00-6:30pm - Palmer Commons    
Kim Knowlton, PhD
Assistant Clinical Professor Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
Environmental Health Sciences ,and Senior Scientist and Deputy Director of NRDC's Science Center,

John Balbus, MD, MPH
Senior Advisor for Public Health, and Director, NIEHS-WHO Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health Sciences

"Climate Change & Health: real world problems"

Environmental Practice Workshop
Co-sponsored by SEAS
          03/28/2019 - Noon - Room 1655 SPH I        
Yoel Sadovsky, MD
Executive Director, Magee-Womens Research Institute
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive SciencesUniversity of Pittsburgh

Administrative Core Winter Seminar Series
Congratulations Dr. Koman and Dr. Batterman!

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:

Pilot Project Grants must foster one of these funding objectives:

 •Provide initial support in environmental health sciences for early investigators (less than 10 years beyond most recent terminal degree);
• Allow exploration of innovative directions representing a significant departure from ongoing funded research for established investigators in environmental health sciences;
•Stimulate investigators from other areas of endeavor to apply their expertise to environmental health research and environmental medicine;
•Work with the Center’s Community Engagement Core (CEC) to establish new collaborations with community partners for projects on environmental exposures and disease, especially projects responsive to priorities identified by the CEC and the Stakeholder Advisory;
•Accelerate translation of novel laboratory discoveries to clinical applications, e.g., by identifying novel therapeutic targets, improving clinical diagnosis, or improving management of human disease linked to environmental exposures (offered in collaboration with MICHR).

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: May 1, 2019 – March 31, 2020 
Budgets should be prepared with a start date of May 1, 2019 and an end date of March 31, 2020. Awarded funds must be spent by March 31, 2020. 

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: We estimate that 3-4 awards will be made of $25,000-$35,000 each. To qualify for the $30,000 award, at least $5,000 of the funds must utilize services of one or more of the M-LEEaD Facility Cores. A special supplement of $5,000 is available for projects specifically to incorporate plans for community engagement or translation in collaboration with our Community Engagement Core (CEC). These funds are to be used to support community engagement (e.g., consulting fee for specific community partners), translational opportunities (e.g., Science Café, policy one-pager) and/or engagement of CEC staff and Stakeholder Advisory Board members that extends above and beyond effort covered under Core funding. We aim to support at least 1 scientifically sound project that includes the community engagement supplement in each funding round. A letter of support from the CEC is required for proposals applying for these supplementary funds: Contact CEC Leader Dr. Amy Schulz, and Coordinator Sharon Sand, to discuss these proposal as they are being prepared.


Letter of Intent: February 11, 2019
Final application: March 11, 2019
Please follow this link for more details. Applications should be submitted electronically through the M-LEEaD website at (
Recent Publications citing M-LEEaD:
Wang X, Mukherjee B, Park SK. Associations of cumulative exposure to heavy metal mixtures with obesity and its comorbidities among U.S. adults in NHANES 2003-2014. Environ Int. 2018 Dec;121(Pt 1):683-694. doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2018.09.035. Epub 2018 Oct 11. PubMed PMID: 30316184; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6268112

Ashrap P, Watkins DJ, Calafat AM, Ye X, Rosario Z, Brown P, Vélez-Vega CM, Alshawabkeh A, Cordero JF, Meeker JD. Elevated concentrations of urinary triclocarban, phenol and paraben among pregnant women in Northern Puerto Rico: Predictors and trends. Environ Int. 2018 Dec;121(Pt 1):990-1002. doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2018.08.020. Epub 2018 Oct 11. PubMed PMID: 30316544.  


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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