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Please save the date for, "From PBB to PFAS: Research and Action to Address Michigan’s Large Scale Chemical Contaminations" on February 20, 2020 at the University of Michigan. With a keynote address by Dr. Linda Birnbaum (NIEHS), presentations by community residents and academic researchers working on PBB health impacts, and breakout groups focused on strategies for building effective community-academic collaborations, the PBB to PFAS Symposium will provide a unique venue for fostering collaboration between researchers and community members. 

Registration:, due to limited space, registration will be required. This event will also be webcast, more details
to follow.

This event is organized by: The University of Michigan M-LEEaD Center, Emory University’s HERCULES Center, and Central Michigan University

2019 Annual Meeting MiSOT meeting
The 2019 Annual Meeting of the Michigan Regional Chapter of the Society of Toxicology (MiSOT) took place at NSF International in Ann Arbor, MI on October 18th. The topic of the meeting was "PFAS Exposure and Toxicology in Michigan and Beyond". Three expert keynote speakers, Dr. Jamie DeWitt from East Carolina University, Dr. Sung Kyun Park from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and Dr. Helen Goeden from the Minnesota Department of Health, provided cutting edge information on PFAS exposures, health effects, and risk assessment to the approximately 110 attendees. The guest speakers met with M-LEEaD members and students prior to the MiSOT meeting. Seven graduate student and post-doctoral trainees also gave oral presentations and additional 24 trainees presented posters. Multiple University of Michigan trainees won awards for their research, including Christine Rygiel, Tasha Thong, Elana Elkin, as well as M-LEEaD Center Scientist Sean Harris.

Learn more about MiSOT,

The Detroit URC's Small Planning Grant program aims to foster the establishment of new community-academic research partnerships and new collaborative health research efforts in Detroit through two types of grants: 1. Partnership Formation and Maintenance and 2. Project Development. 

Grant applications will be reviewed by a committee of faculty and staff from the Detroit URC, U-M SSW, and MICHR, composed of both community and academic partners with extensive experience in and understanding of community-based participatory research. The Detroit URC is seeking proposals with the potential for creating new or developing existing effective collaborative research efforts that will address the social and physical environmental factors that contribute to health inequities of relevance to Detroit communities.

Funding Level:
Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded, with a grant duration period of one year. The number and amount of awarded grants is based on the quantity and quality of the submitted proposals. 

Funding Period:
February 1, 2020 - January 31, 2021

Final grant applications:    December 16, 2019
Please follow this link for more details,

The School of Public Health at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences (EHS). Applications from individuals with interests and expertise in all areas of environmental health sciences will be considered. 

The Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Michigan is engaged in a broad range of research in environmental and occupational exposure science, toxicology, environmental/atmospheric chemistry, microbiology, epidemiology, and global health.

Areas of research interest include exposure science, broadly defined and applied to chemicals encountered in occupational or environmental settings; methodologies for characterizing risks to emerging chemical hazards, particularly among vulnerable populations; innovative technologies for assessing simultaneous exposures to multiple agents and consequent biological impacts; data science; and “omics” approaches relating chronic human diseases to endogenous and exogenous factors via analyses of biomarkers and mechanistic pathways.

Areas of teaching interest include lecture and/or laboratory courses in occupational health or any of the other research interest areas listed above.

We seek outstanding candidates who show promise of excellence, originality and productivity in research; dedication to graduate and undergraduate teaching and mentorship; and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through their teaching, research and service.

How to Apply
Job posting and application are available here,
Please direct application submission questions to EHS Executive Secretary Jennifer Lewis at

        10/29/2019 - 12pm-1pm - Room SPH1 3755, School of Public Health     
Environmental Statistics Discussion: Rod Little, PhD
Professor of Biostatistics & Statistics
University of Michigan

"57 varieties of regression, and some updates"
Integrated Health Sciences Core
Contact Meredith McGehee,, for more information
        11/19/2019 - 12pm-1pm - Room SPH1 3755, School of Public Health     
 Betsy Wasilevich, PhD, MPH
Senior Epidemiologist, Michigan Department of Health & Human Services
Assistant Professor
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Michigan State University
Integrated Health Sciences Core
Contact Meredith McGehee,, for more information

11/19/2019 - TBA -  Room SPH1 1755, School of Public Health     
Save the Date
Evening Film Screening: Town of Widows
Co-sponsored with: The University of Michigan Center for
Occupational Health and Safety Engineering (COHSE)

Saskia Berrios-Thomas,, for more information
        12/03/2019 - 12pm-1pm - Room SPH1 3755, School of Public Health     
Ivo Dinov, PhD
Professor of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics
Professor of Nursing, University of Michigan

"SOCR DataSifter: A Statistical Obfuscation Technique enabling Effective Data Sharing"
Integrated Health Sciences Core
Contact Meredith McGehee,, for more information
        12/06/2019 - 2pm-3pm - Room SPH1 3755, School of Public Health     
Elaine Faustman, PhD
Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
Adjunct Professor of Public Policy & Governance
University of Washington
Admin Core Seminar Series
Contact Michelle Daoud,, for more information

     Save the Date:  01/30/2020     
Stephania Cormier, PhD
Wiener Chair and Professor of Biological Sciences, Louisiana State University
Director, LSU Superfund Research Program

Professor of Comparative Biomedical Sciences, LSU School of Veterinary Medicine
Honorary Professor Child Health Research Centre, University of Queensland, Australia
Contact Michelle Daoud,, for more information
      Save the Date:  02/05/2020     
Kenneth Korach, PhD
Senior Investigator
Reproductive & Developmental Biology Laboratory / Receptor Biology Group

Contact Michelle Daoud,, for more information
      Save the Date:  02/20/2020     
From PBB to PFAS: Research and Action to Address Michigan’s Large Scale Chemical Contaminations 
A Panel Discussion featuring 
Linda Birnbaum, PhD

 Former Director of NIEHS
Contact Kristina Rice,, for more information
The Northeast Waste Management Officials' Association (NEWMOA) has partnered with the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC), the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM), the Northeast Recycling Council (NERC), and others to organize a regional science conference on PFAS.

The goals of the conference are:
-Ensure that local, state, and federal action to address PFAS contamination is informed by the most current and reliable science
-Facilitate networking and information-sharing among key stakeholders on PFAS topics
-Identify important gaps in the science and policy to help inform future research

To find more follow this link,
Congratulations to Barbara Israel, Dr.PH, who received for the University of Michigan Detroit Center's Outstanding Service Award for her distinguished service to the people and organizations of the city of Detroit. 
How researchers can help win the long game on public health
This month Natalie Sampson, PhD was interviewed by the University on how a partnership between "residents, community leaders, University of Michigan researchers and students could be a template for advancing campaigns for environmental justice."

Read the article here, "How researchers can help win the long game on public health."
Dr. Trish Koman in a U-M Experts Roundtable
This month Trish Koman, PhD participated in a U-M experts roundtable on the climate crisis & impacts on public health.  Hosted by Sen. Stabenow,  at the Ingham County Health Department on October 8th.

Read more about the discussion here, "Senator Stabenow Releases Report on the Impact of Climate Crisis in Michigan."
Congratulations to Craig Harris, PhD, for receiving the Dow Professorship  of Toxicology.  It was established in September 1998 by The Dow Chemical Company Foundation to recognize an outstanding faculty member whose primary appointment is in the School of Public Health. The recipient of the Dow Professorship is a scientist with expertise in toxicology with a focus on the health effects of chemicals extant in the workplace and the wider environment.
Recent Publications citing M-LEEaD:

Ashrap P, Sánchez BN, Téllez-Rojo MM, Basu N, Tamayo-Ortiz M, Peterson KE,
Meeker JD, Watkins DJ. In utero and peripubertal metals exposure in relation to
reproductive hormones and sexual maturation and progression among girls in Mexico
City. Environ Res. 2019 Oct;177:108630. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2019.108630. Epub
2019 Aug 8. PubMed PMID: 31421446; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6734930.

Chi X, Sartor MA, Lee S, Anurag M, Patil S, Hall P, Wexler M, Wang XS.
Universal concept signature analysis: genome-wide quantification of new
biological and pathological functions of genes and pathways. Brief Bioinform.
2019 Oct 18. pii: bbz093. doi: 10.1093/bib/bbz093. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed
PMID: 31631213.

Ignjatovic V, Geyer PE, Palaniappan KK, Chaaban JE, Omenn GS, Baker MS,
Deutsch EW, Schwenk JM. Mass Spectrometry-Based Plasma Proteomics: Considerations
from Sample Collection to Achieving Translational Data. J Proteome Res. 2019 Oct 
11. doi: 10.1021/acs.jproteome.9b00503. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID:

Puttabyatappa M, Banker M, Zeng L, Goodrich JM, Domino SE, Dolinoy DC, Meeker 
, Pennathur S, Song PXK, Padmanabhan V. Maternal Exposure to Environmental
Disruptors and Sexually-Dimorphic Changes in Maternal and Neonatal Oxidative
Stress. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2019 Oct 16. pii: dgz063. doi:
10.1210/clinem/dgz063. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31613966.

Wang X, Mukherjee B, Park SK. Does Information on Blood Heavy Metals Improve
Cardiovascular Mortality Prediction? J Am Heart Assoc. 2019 Nov 5;8(21):e013571. 
doi: 10.1161/JAHA.119.013571. Epub 2019 Oct 19. PubMed PMID: 31631727.

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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