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Revisiting M-LEEaD Seminars and Webinars
Image is from the March 16th 2021 webinar, TSCA @5 Years: Opportunities to Act with Foresight.

Summer is in full swing, and it's a great time to catch up on M-LEEaD webinars and seminars. Over the past several years, M-LEEaD has helped to organize a variety webinars, seminars, and symposiums focused on a range of different environmental health topics. Take a look at some of M-LEEaD's past webinars featured below, or find a complete selection of past webinars on M-LEEaD's Multimedia page here.





In a recent article from Reuters Foundation News, "New city 'heat officers' take aim at climate change's 'silent killer'", Patricia Koman discusses the impact of increasing temperatures on vulnerable communities in Michigan. Read more here.
Chuanwu Xi Receives Award from Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
Congratulations to Chuanwu Xi! His project "SARS-CoV-2 Epidemiology - Wastewater Evaluation and Reporting (SEWER) Network" has been awarded by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
Dana was recently named one of three recipients of a new annual award, funded by President Mark Schlissel’s Biosciences Initiative, to recognize exceptional mid-career faculty in the biosciences. The award is called MBioFAR, for Mid-career Biosciences Faculty Achievement Recognition. It provides discretionary funds — $250,000 per year for two years for each awardee — to encourage innovative, high-risk research. “The MBioFAR awards recognize some of U-M’s most outstanding faculty — the mid-career researchers who are at the forefront of our university’s leadership in the biosciences,” Schlissel said. Congratulations, Dana! Read the full article here.
Congratulations to Marie O'Neill and Carina Gronlund on being awarded one of The Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS) Propelling Original Data Science (PODS) Grants. Along with Joshua Newell from SEAS, the team will use the grant to fund their project, "Using Geospatial Data Science to Identify Vulnerable Communities to Climate Change." The complete list of MIDAS PODS Grant funded projects can be found here.
Do you want to develop and hone your mentoring skills?

Do you have a mentor training requirement you need to fulfill? The 2021 MICHR Mentoring Academy curriculum is based on the widely used Mentor Training for Clinical and Translational Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER) and satisfies the new NIGMS guidelines regarding the preparation of mentors involved in training grants.

There is a $50 fee for each session that will be fully refunded if the participant attends the session. Shortcode is required at registration. Participants in the Mentoring Academy will address challenges facing senior postdoc and faculty mentors via case studies, group discussions, and role-plays. The next session will be held Thursday, July 15 and offerings run through December.

Register now for the 2021 MICHR Mentoring Academy.
Two different funding mechanisms are available to University of Michigan Faculty through the Michigan Diabetes Research Center this year:

MDRC Pilot and Feasibility Grant Program
  • The Pilot/Feasibility (P/F) Grant Program is sponsored by the Michigan Diabetes Research Center (MDRC). Its purpose is to promote research in diabetes by new and established investigators at the University of Michigan. The ultimate goal of the program is to accelerate the pace of research and enable awardees to generate sufficient preliminary data for successful applications for major research funding from the NIH or other national granting agency.
  • Applications are due Wednesday, August 4, 2021

MDRC Diabetes Interdisciplinary Study Program
  • The Diabetes Interdisciplinary Study Program (DISP) is sponsored by the Michigan Diabetes Research Center (MDRC). Its purpose is to promote new interdisciplinary collaboration between TWO or more members of the University of Michigan faculty from DISTINCT disciplines to focus their combined research strengths on cutting-edge areas in diabetes research. The intent is to foster synergistic collaboration between faculty members to advance scientific inquiry.
  • Applications are due Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Please contact Mehboob Hussain, MD, at with further questions about the different MDRC Pilot Funding mechanisms.
Recent Publications citing M-LEEaD:

Ashrap P, Watkins DJ, Mukherjee B, Rosario-Pabón Z, Vélez-Vega CM, Alshawabkeh A, Cordero JF, Meeker JD. Performance of urine, blood, and integrated metal biomarkers in relation to birth outcomes in a mixture setting. Environ Res. 2021 Jun 10;200:111435. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2021.111435. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34097892.

Ding N, Karvonen-Gutierrez CA, Herman WH, Calafat AM, Mukherjee B, Park SK. Associations of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and PFAS mixtures with adipokines in midlife women. Int J Hyg Environ Health. 2021 Jun;235:113777. doi: 10.1016/j.ijheh.2021.113777. Epub 2021 Jun 2. PMID: 34090141; PMCID: PMC8207532.

Brieger KK, Bakulski KM, Pearce CL, Baylin A, Dou JF, Feinberg JI, Croen LA, Hertz-Picciotto I, Newschaffer CJ, Fallin MD, Schmidt RJ. The Association of Prenatal Vitamins and Folic Acid Supplement Intake with Odds of Autism Spectrum Disorder in a High-Risk Sibling Cohort, the Early Autism Risk Longitudinal Investigation (EARLI). J Autism Dev Disord. 2021 Jun 10. doi: 10.1007/s10803-021-05110-9. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34110557.

Bergmans RS, Larson P, Bennion E, Mezuk B, Wozniak MC, Steiner AL, Gronlund CJ. Short-term exposures to atmospheric evergreen, deciduous, grass, and ragweed aeroallergens and the risk of suicide in Ohio, 2007-2015: Exploring disparities by age, gender, and education level. Environ Res. 2021 Jun 5;200:111450. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2021.111450. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34102161.

Grandjean P, Hu H, Till C, Green R, Bashash M, Flora D, Tellez-Rojo MM, Song PXK, Lanphear B, Budtz-Jørgensen E. A Benchmark Dose Analysis for Maternal Pregnancy Urine-Fluoride and IQ in Children. Risk Anal. 2021 Jun 8. doi: 10.1111/risa.13767. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34101876.

Rygiel CA, Dolinoy DC, Bakulski KM, Aung MT, Perng W, Jones TR, Solano-González M, Hu H, Tellez-Rojo MM, Schnaas L, Marcela E, Peterson KE, Goodrich JM. DNA methylation at birth potentially mediates the association between prenatal lead (Pb) exposure and infant neurodevelopmental outcomes. Environ Epigenet. 2021 Jun 16;7(1):dvab005. doi: 10.1093/eep/dvab005. PMID: 34141453; PMCID: PMC8206046.

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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