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The Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease (M-LEEaD) Center is accepting applications for two or more 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: March 16, 2020; expected funding period: May 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021.

Please follow this link for more details,
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);
• Expanding the concept of translational research within Environmental Health Sciences using the NIEHS definition of translational research,

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 Kristina Rice,

Funding Period: May 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021 
Budgets should be prepared with a start date of May 1, 2020 and an end date of March 31, 2021. Awarded funds must be spent by March 31, 2021. 

Eligibility: Any member of the University of Michigan Faculty (tenure-track, clinical-track or research-track) is eligible to apply as Principal 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). 

Letter of Intent: January 10, 2020
Final application: February 21, 2020

Please follow this link for more details. Applications should be submitted electronically through the M-LEEaD website at (

    1/30/2020 12:05 PM - 1:00 PM  - Room SPH1 A1655, School of Public Health    
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
    02/05/2020 - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM  - Room SPH1 3755, School of Public Health      
Kenneth Korach, PhD
Senior Investigator
Reproductive & Developmental Biology Laboratory / Receptor Biology Group

Contact Michelle Daoud,, for more information
      Save the Date:  02/20/2020 -  9:00 AM — 4:00 PM   
From PBB to PFAS: Research and Action to Address Michigan’s Large-scale Chemical Contaminations 
A symposium featuring 
Linda Birnbaum, PhD

 Former Director of NIEHS
Contact Kristina Rice,, for more information
Precision Health’s 2019 Investigators Awards

M-LEEaD OBIC leadership received the Precision Health’s 2019 Investigators Award! Laura Rozek, PhD, and Maureen Sartor, PhD, with Arvind Rao, PhD, received this award for, “Synthesizing Tumor Infiltrating Lymphocyte Patterns with Genomic Measurements for Head and Neck Cancer Survival”.

This was one of only seven awarded projects.  This project will apply a newly developed machine learning algorithm to quantify the spatial distribution of tumor infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) in the microenvironment of head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCCs). Researchers will then evaluate disease-specific survival prediction performance of spatial TIL architecture measurements, alone and in combination with genomic and/or clinical prognostic factors. The aim of the project is to develop a clinically feasible protocol to classify patients into risk-stratified groups, based on TIL spatial infiltration, for precision therapy.

Read more about this award here,
Dr. Trish Koman on WEMU
Trish Koman was interviewed on Issues Of The Environment from WEMU.  Listen to "Tracking Climate Change Impacts In Michigan With UM's Online Mapping Tool" here,
Join the Michigan Public Health Apple Hearing Study
The Apple Hearing Study is a partnership between the University of Michigan and Apple to study sound exposure and its impact on hearing health. This groundbreaking study will advance our understanding of how hearing could be impacted over time by exposure to sound at certain levels. M-LEEaD member, Dr. Rick Neitzel is the Principal Investigator on this project.
Learn more about signing up to join the study here,
Responsible Conduct of Research for K Awardees Seminar
Register now for the Responsible Conduct of Research for K Awardees Seminar Series in Spring 2020

Open to U-M faculty and staff, MICHR will offer the popular Responsible Conduct of Research for K Awardees (RCR4K) Seminar Series, which is designed to meet the requirements of the NIH K-23, or any federal or non-federal career development grant. The 5-session (10-hour commitment) seminar is mostly interactive, practice-based, and focused on addressing RCR issues (ethics, integrity, and regulatory matters) that have arisen in the course of your own funded research. It's relevant, hands-on, and includes mentoring from experienced faculty.

The five-part series begins March 5. Participants should register only for the sessions they wish to attend. Open to U-M faculty and staff. Current K scholars and K applicants will be given registration priority.

Register here for this event.
Recent Publications citing M-LEEaD:

Aung MT, Yu Y, Ferguson KK, Cantonwine DE, Zeng L, McElrath TF, Pennathur S,
Mukherjee B, Meeker JD. Prediction and associations of preterm birth and its
subtypes with eicosanoid enzymatic pathways and inflammatory markers. Sci Rep.
2019 Nov 19;9(1):17049. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-53448-z. PubMed PMID: 31745121;
PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6863859.

Ingle ME, Watkins D, Rosario Z, VélezVega CM, Calafat AM, Ospina M, Ferguson
KK, Cordero JF, Alshawabkeh A, Meeker JD. An exploratory analysis of urinary
organophosphate ester metabolites and oxidative stress among pregnant women in
Puerto Rico. Sci Total Environ. 2019 Nov 4;703:134798. doi:
10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.134798. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31726298.

Jansen EC, Conroy DA, Burgess HJ, O'Brien LM, Cantoral A, Téllez-Rojo MM,
Peterson KE, Baylin A. Plasma DHA Is Related to Sleep Timing and Duration in a
Cohort of Mexican Adolescents. J Nutr. 2019 Nov 23. pii: nxz286. doi:
10.1093/jn/nxz286. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31758194.

Paik YK, Overall CM, Corrales F, Deutsch EW, Lane L, Omenn GS. Advances in
Identifying and Characterizing the Human Proteome. J Proteome Res. 2019 Dec
6;18(12):4079-4084. doi: 10.1021/acs.jproteome.9b00745. PubMed PMID: 31805768.


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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