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Spotlight on M-LEEaD's Translational Research Team Framework
As part of M-LEEaD’s recent renewal submission of the P30 Center grant, the center has reimagined its Translational Research Teams to engage members in the acceleration of public health impacts and promote opportunities for collaboration.

The Translational Research Teams, led by M-LEEaD Associate Director Vasantha Padmanabhan, will help M-LEEaD to address one of the three themes of the NIEHS's Strategic Plan: Promoting Translation – Data to Knowledge to Action. The teams will work to actively engage diverse stakeholders in identifying community priorities and create knowledge from data. Ultimately this knowledge can be used to inform actions that protect public health, such as understanding the effects of emerging environmental health issues on health disparities across the lifespan.

M-LEEaD's three Translational Research Teams are
  1. Cumulative Exposures & Population Health Team (Karen Peterson, Leader & Erica Jansen, Co-Leader)
  2. Climate Change & Health Disparities Team (Toby Lewis, Leader & Carina Gronlund, Co-Leader)
  3. Toxicological Mechanisms & Improving Health Outcomes Team (Vasantha Padmanabhan, Leader & Laurie Svoboda, Co-Leader)
Over the coming months, we will be spotlighting these research teams and diving deeper into how their objectives build upon the NIEHS translational research framework to enhance M-LEEaD's translation of basic research findings into practical applications to support a comprehensive and integrated environmental health paradigm.

      2/8/2022 - 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM - Zoom   
Environmental Research Webinar
"Long-term Air Pollution and Incident Dementia in U.S."

Liuhua Shi, ScD
Assistant Professor, Environmental Health 
Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

Contact Meredith McGehee,, for more information

      2/9/2022 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Zoom   
NIEHS EHSCC Early Stage Investigators Webinar Series

Erica Jansen, PhD, MPH
Research Assistant Professor, Nutritional Sciences
University of Michigan School of Public Health

Hae-Ryung Park, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Medicine
University of Rochester Medical Center

Congratulations to M-LEEaD's Bhramar Mukherjee on receiving a 2022 Sarah Goddard Power Award! This award is named after the late Regent Sarah Goddard Power and recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the betterment of women through their leadership, scholarship, or other ways in their professional life. Regarding the award, Jenna Wiens, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, said of Mukherjee, "Her record as a mentor to students and faculty, especially women, is exemplary. Not only does (she) serve as a significant role model for women in biostatistics but she works to create opportunities for women across the university and beyond." Congratulations, Bhramar!
The new Netflix move "Don't Look Up" has gathered attention surrounding its satirical message about society's inability to cope with climate change. In a recent commentary article, Trish Koman, along with several other University of Michigan scientists, provided their thoughts on the movie's climate-change messages. "Global climate disruptions are everywhere we look, and they are impacting public health," said Koman. "In 2021, there were over 18 climate-related disasters in the U.S. totaling more than $1 billion each and negatively impacting health, especially for children and other vulnerable populations. We need to work together to take care of our climate, which is our life support."
An article written by Bhramar Mukherjee was recently featured in the 2022 New Year Special of Forbes India. The article, "If we cannot solve vaccine equity globally, we cannot escape variants locally," focuses on what Mukherjee has seen as the biggest lessons to come from the pandemic and what she thinks 2022 will bring. Read the full article here.
A recent ProPublica investigation revealed seven areas across the state of Michigan where people could be exposed to high levels of cancer risk that the EPA labels as unacceptable. In a new Michigan Advance article, M-LEEaD member Justin Colacino comments on this investigation, saying, "Being able to visualize these potential hotspots related to the emission of known carcinogens across different communities in Michigan is very striking." In October, it was announced that Colacino, along with several other M-LEEaD members, would begin a $13 million research project, MI-CARES, to look into inequities surrounding environmental exposures and increased cancer risk in Michigan communities. Find the full article here.
Stuart Batterman was recently quoted in an article reporting on high lead levels in Shelby County Schools in Tennessee. The school district's recent water testing revealed 17 sources with lead levels over 20 ppb, the state's threshold level. "Ideally, any child's lead level is zero...the school source could be a contributor, but most likely there are contributors at home," said Batterman. Read the full article here.
As Omicron has spread across the country, many have been left wondering when to take a PCR vs. a rapid antigen test. A new CNN article helps to answer this question by calling on experts for their advice. Emily Somers, one of the experts consulted for the article, says, "Knowing your Covid-19 status as early in an infection as possible can help you figure out whether you're infectious to other people, what to tell recent close contacts for their own safety, and what to share with your doctor...having the presence of two rapid tests - two days in a row - that are both negative is a very good indicator that a person is no longer infectious." Read the full article here to hear the rest of Somers' input and input from other experts.
The Frankel CVC Michigan Biological Research Initiative on Sex Differences in Cardiovascular Disease program invites you to virtually attend the first annual M-BRISC symposium on Monday, February 7 from 12:00 - 3:30pm EST. The keynote speaker, Dr. C. Noel Bairey Merz, will present "Sex Differences in the Cardiovascular System: An example of Biological Variable (SABV)." Other symposium activities include research updates from M-BRISC members, a message from the Associate Director for Basic and Translational Research at the NIH Office of Research and Women's Health, and a panel discussion. For question, please email

Date: Monday, February 7, 2022
Time: 12 - 3:30 pm EST
Join via Zoom here
Join Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health NIEHS Center for Environmental Health for their colloquium series on Re-envisioning the Environment: Diverse Voices in Environmental Health. This seminar series is being held from 1-2pm EST on the second Wednesday of every month through May 2022.

The next seminar will be held on February 9th. Catherine Kling, PhD, Tisch University Professor in the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management and Faculty Director at the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future at Cornell University, will speak on The Social Cost of Water Pollution. Stay tuned for details on upcoming seminars by visiting the Harvard Chan-NIEHS Center for Environmental Health website for additional information.

Date: Wednesday, February 9, 2022
Time: 1 - 2 pm EST
Join via Zoom here
Join MSU Center for PFAS Research, Canada Connect, and Indigenous Law and Policy Center for the second of a speaker series event on the history, science, impact, and challenge of PFAS in the Canadian and US context. The speakers for this webinar will be
  • Dr. Amira Aker, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Université Laval and the Centre de recherche du CHU de Québec
  • Élyse Caron-Beaudoin, Assistant Professor in Environmental Health at the University of Toronto - Scarborough
  • Whitney Gravelle, President of the Bay Mills Indian Community and member of Michigan Women's Commission and the Michigan Advisory Council on Environmental Justice
  • Wenona Singel, Associate Professor of Law and Associate Director of the Indigenous Law & Policy Center at Michigan State University College of Law

Additional information on this webinar series can be found here.

Date: Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm EST
Register here
Please join Wayne State University Center for Urban Responses to Environmental Stressors (CURES) for their upcoming CURES seminar: "Benzene exposure promotes neuroinflammation and metabolic dysregulation," presented by Marianna Sadagurski, PhD, and Ulrike Klueh, PhD, from Wayne State University. The seminar will take place via Zoom on February 17, 2022 at 12:30pm.

Additional information on upcoming seminars can be found on the Wayne State University CURES website here.

Date: Thursday, February 17, 2022
Time: 12:30 - 1:30 pm EST
Zoom link will be made available here
Join the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences on Monday, February 28 - Tuesday, March 1, 2022 for their Advancing Environmental Health Equity Through Implementation Science workshop. The purpose of this workshop is to explore how environmental health scientists can use implementation science to inform the development, adaptation, implementation and scale-up of interventions, practices, and policies to prevent and/or mitigate potentially harmful environmental exposures and ultimately advance environmental health equity. To view more information about the workshop, visit the webpage here.

Date: Monday, February 28, 2022 - Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Time: 11am - 5pm EST on February 28; 11am - 4:45pm EST on March 1
Virtual preregistration can be completed here

The 12th Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Environmental Endocrine Disruptors will be held at the Jordan Hotel and Conference Center at Sunday River in Newry, Maine on June 19 to June 22, 2022. This 2022 edition of the GRC will be framed around five major themes to provide a comprehensive overview of the latest advances in environmental endocrine disruptor research from leading scientists, rising stars, and selected trainee presentations. The conference will cover: (1) the latest evidence for the effects of environmental endocrine disruptors on marine and terrestrial environments; (2) current data on the impacts of environmental endocrine disruptors on human populations; (3) the underlying mechanisms of action of environmental endocrine disruptors; (4) information on emerging exposures, nonclassical environmental endocrine disruptors, and safer alternative; and (5) the social, political, and cultural determinants of risk assessment at the level of the individual, society and government.

Applications for the conference must be submitted by May 22, 2022. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline.

Date: Sunday, June 19, 2022 - Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Location: Jordan Hotel at Sunday River, Newry, Maine
View conference info and apply here

The Gordon Research Conference will be held in conjunction with the Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) on Environmental Endocrine Disruptors. This is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas. The 2022 GRS will showcase the scientific variety in the field of environmental endocrine disruptor research, highlighting diverse trainee research topics such as ecotoxicology, behavior, climate change, and green chemistry. The GRS will complement the GRC by emphasizing the importance of interdisciplinary research and cross-sectoral collaboration to foster a healthy planet, improve public health, and communicate safety concerns to the public and policymakers.

Applications for the seminar must be submitted by May 21, 2022. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline.

Date: Saturday, June 18, 2022 - Sunday, June 19, 2022
Location: Jordan Hotel at Sunday River, Newry, Maine
View seminar info and apply here

Note: The GRC and the GRS are separate events. Those interested in attending both must complete separate registrations for each.
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The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences is seeking a postdoctoral trainee who wants to build their career in toxicological sciences to better understand how factors in the environment may impact our health. The fellow will provide experience in both the Division of the National Toxicology Program (DNTP) and the Division of Extramural Research and Training (DERT). This posting is available until February 11, 2022 or until filled. For more information and to apply, see the announcement here.
Social & Scientific Systems (SSS), a DLH Corporation company, is seeking a Biostatistician to join a multi-disciplinary team that conducts clinical trials and population-based research studies on behalf of government and commercial clients. The ideal candidate will have expertise in the design and analysis of observational studies and/or randomized trials and an understanding of the latest statistical and methodologic developments in the field. This is an ideal opportunity for growth and advancement for an early to mid-level career biostatistician. For more info and to apply, see the announcement here.
Social & Scientific Systems (SSS), a DLH Corporation company, is seeking an Epidemiologist to join a multi-disciplinary team that conducts clinical trials and population-based research studies on behalf of government and commercial clients. The ideal candidate will have expertise in the design and analysis of observational studies and clinical trials and familiarity with the latest statistical and methodologic developments in the field. This is an ideal opportunity for growth and advancement for an early to mid-level career epidemiologist. For more info and to apply, see the announcement here.
Recent Publications citing M-LEEaD:

Cathey AL, Aung MT, Watkins DJ, Rosario ZY, Vélez Vega CM, Alshawabkeh AN, Cordero JF, Mukherjee B, Meeker JD. Mediation by hormone concentrations on the associations between repeated measures of phthalate mixture exposure and timing of delivery. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2022 Jan 5. doi: 10.1038/s41370-021-00408-3. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34987188.

McCabe CF, LaBarre JL, Domino SE, Treadwell MC, Baylin A, Burant CF, Dolinoy DC, Padmanabhan V, Goodrich JM. Maternal and Neonatal One-Carbon Metabolites and the Epigenome-wide Infant Response. J Nutr Biochem. 2022 Jan 8:108938. doi: 10.1016/j.jnutbio.2022.108938. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35017001.

Kang H, Hu H, Park SK. Serum antioxidant status and mortality from influenza and pneumonia in US adults. Public Health Nutr. 2022 Jan 10:1-10. doi: 10.1017/S1368980022000027. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35000647.

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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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