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Cumulative Exposures and Population Health Team
M-LEEaD's recent renewal submission of the P30 Center grant included a re-design of our Translational Research Teams. The goal of this reimagination is to accelerate the public health impacts of the teams' work and promote opportunities for collaboration.

The first of these teams, the Cumulative Exposures and Population Health Team, aims to understand how environmental exposures over sensitive life stage impact health. Information learned from this can then be used to inform clinical and public health interventions. The team, led by Dr. Karen Peterson and Dr. Erica Jansen, is utilizing longitudinal studies to gather data on relationships between toxicant co-exposures and modifiers, such as diet and stress, over multiple life stages and a variety of health outcomes, such as cognition, growth, metabolic disease, and reproductive health.

"My team's research on prenatal and childhood lead exposure has been able to uncover epigenetic mechanisms that relate lead exposure to physical growth, maturation, and cognitive development," says Dr. Peterson. "Our findings have been incorporated into policy here in the U.S. and Mexico, and they are also being used to inform a peer education program to reduce home lead exposure in Grand Rapids."

Other work from the team has included showing links between childhood lead exposure and sleep patterns in adolescence and examining diet as a potential modifier on inflammation from cardiometabolic disease in perimenopause. M-LEEaD has been able to provide instrumental support for this work by providing opportunities for support and collaboration, including pilot funding and seed funding.

      3/8/2022 - 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Zoom   
Environmental Research Virtual Workshop
"Making TSCA Work: Demystifying the Risk Assessment Process"

Regina Strong
Environmental Justice Public Advocate 
Michigan EGLE, Office of the Environmental Justice Public Advocate

Patricia Koman, MPP, PhD
Assistant Research Scientist 
Environmental Health Sciences, UMich SPH

Gary Ginsberg, PhD
Director, Center for Environmental Health for the New York State Dept of Health
Clinical Professor, Environmental Health Sciences, Yale School of Public Health

Wendy Heiger-Bernays, PhD
Clinical Professor
Department of Environmental Health, Boston University

Chanese Forté, PhD
Assistant Research Scientist
Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment, University of California San Francisco

Wilma Subra
Technical Director
Louisiana Environmental Action Network

      3/9/2022 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Zoom   
NIEHS EHSCC Early Stage Investigators Webinar Series

Jacob Simmering, PhD
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine - Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Occupational Medicine
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Melissa Furlong, PhD
Assistant Professor, Community, Environment & Policy Development
University of Arizona Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health


      3/15/2022 - 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM - Zoom   
Environmental Research Webinar
"Integrating Intersectionality into Environmental Health Sciences"

Ami Zota, ScD, MS
Associate Professor
Environmental and Occupational Health, George Washington University Milken School of Public Health
More info will be made available here.

      3/22/2022 - 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM - Zoom   
Environmental Research Webinar

Douglas Walker, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health, Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
More info will be made available here.

      4/5/2022 - 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM - Zoom   
CEC + IHSC Residents & Researchers Webinar
"Environmental Injustice in Dearborn's Southend"

Samra'a Luqman
Environmental Activist
Southend of Dearborn
Zeina Reda
EHRA Youth Coordinator
Natalie Sampson, PhD
Assistant Professor
Health & Human Services, U-M Dearborn

The February 2022 edition of the NIEHS Partnerships for Environmental Public Health Newsletter recently featured the work that M-LEEaD members Barbara Israel and Chris Coombe have been doing with UMich community partner the Detroit Urban Research Center. Together, this partnership has developed the Community-Based Participatory Research Partnership Academy. The program aims to increase the capacity of academic and community partners to conduct community-based participatory research in order to promote equitable partnerships between researchers and community members. Read more about this program and its success in the newsletter here.
The Endocrine Society recently released a special collection of journal articles focused on women's health research. The articles, published in 2020 and 2021, include Praegnatio Perturbatio - Impact of Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals, on which M-LEEaD Associate Director Vasantha Padmanabhan was the first author. This paper, published in January 2021, focuses on the role of gestational exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals as a a risk factor for adverse pregnancy outcomes. Read Dr. Padmanabhan's publication and check out the entire collection of articles from this special issue here.
Congratulations to Monica Lewis-Patrick, who was recently named a 2022 Jarislowksy Fellow with the University of Waterloo! Lewis-Patrick is a longstanding community partner of M-LEEaD, representing We the People of Detroit on our Stakeholder Advocacy Board. Her work as an educator, entrepreneur, and human rights activist/advocate have earned her the title "The Water Warrior," as her work focuses on achieving access to safe, affordable water for environmental justice communities in Detroit. Read about her amazing achievement here.
M-LEEaD member Arul Chinniayan was recently awarded the highly prestigious 2022 Sjöberg Prize by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. His award recognizes his groundbreaking 2005 discovery of recurrent gene fusions in prostate cancer, which has since led to a better understanding of how prostate cancer develops and improved methods to detect the disease. This is the 6th time the Sjöberg Prize has been awarded, and Chinnaiyan will be presented with the award at a ceremony in Sweden on June 13. Congratulations, Arul, on this outstanding achievement!
The University of Michigan held its first community feedback session for the ongoing presidential search in February, and a recent Michigan Daily article captured some of the feedback from the session. M-LEEaD member Rita Loch-Caruso commented on the search, saying "The new president must have, above all else, demonstrated ethical behavior and demonstrated moral courage." Read the full article to see thoughts on the presidential search 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 March 9th. Cavin Ward-Caviness, PhD, Computational Biologist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will speak on Examining Sensitivity to Air Pollution Through Electronic Health Records and Epigenetics. Stay tuned for details on upcoming seminars by visiting the Harvard Chan-NIEHS Center for Environmental Health website for additional information.

Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Time: 1 - 2 pm EST
Join via Zoom here
Join UMich SPH on Thursday March 10 from 4 - 6pm for Covid in India Two Years Later. This virtual event will feature Dr. Bhramar Mukherjee and Dr. Mousumi Banerjee in conversation with SPH Dean DuBois Bowman. Both featured speakers will share their experiences of being go-to experts and advocates, offering advice to heads of state, appearing on international news shows, and organizing charitable giving. For more information, contact Michael Kasiborski at

Date: Thursday, March 10, 2022
Time: 4 - 6 pm EST
Virtual registration here
Please join Wayne State University Center for Urban Responses to Environmental Stressors (CURES) for their upcoming CURES seminars in March:
  • "Environmental Toxicants and Neurodevelopment" will be presented by Jennifer Straughen, PhD, from the Henry Ford Health System. The seminar will take place via Zoom on March 17, 2022 at 12:30pm.
  • "Decoding PFAS Exposure in Cancer Initiation and Progression" will be presented by Rodrigo Fernandez-Valdivia, PhD, Carol J Miller, PhD, PE, and Mala Hettiarachchi, PhD, PE, from Wayne State University. The seminar will take place via Zoom on March 31, 2022 at 12:30pm.

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

Date: Thursday, March 17, 2022 and Thursday, March 31, 2022
Time: 12:30 - 1:30 pm EST
Zoom links will be made available here
Mark your calendar for the Saltiel Life Sciences Symposium 2022. This annual symposium is sponsored by the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute and is open to the public. This year's theme is Viral Pathogens: Us vs. Them. The symposium will be held in Kahn Auditorium in the Biomedical Science Research Building on Friday, May 13 rom 8:45am - 4:30pm. See the full list of speakers here.

Date: Friday, May 13, 2022
Time: 8:45 am - 4:30 pm
Location: Khan Auditorium in the Biomedical Science Research Building
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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Recent Publications citing M-LEEaD:

Harris SM, Colacino J, Buxton M, Croxton L, Nguyen V, Loch-Caruso R, Bakulski KM. A Data Mining Approach Reveals Chemicals Detected at Higher Levels in Non-Hispanic Black Women Target Preterm Birth Genes and Pathways. Reprod Sci. 2022 Feb 2. doi: 10.1007/s43032-022-00870-w. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35107823.

Lin N, Zhong L, Godwin C, Batterman S. Be alert for vapor intrusion of 1,4-dioxane from contaminated groundwater. Sci Total Environ. 2022 Feb 8:153713. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.153713. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35149073.

Chen Y, He B, Liu Y, Aung MT, Rosario-Pabón Z, Vélez-Vega CM, Alshawabkeh A, Cordero JF, Meeker JD, Garmire LX. Maternal plasma lipids are involved in the pathogenesis of preterm birth. Gigascience. 2022 Feb 15;11:giac004. doi: 10.1093/gigascience/giac004. PMID: 35166340; PMCID: PMC8847704.

Kim C, Cathey AL, Watkins DJ, Mukherjee B, Rosario-Pabón ZY, Vélez-Vega CM, Alshawabkeh AN, Cordero JF, Meeker JD. Maternal blood metal concentrations are associated with matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) among pregnant women in Puerto Rico. Environ Res. 2022 Feb 4;209:112874. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2022.112874. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35123972.

Eaton JL, Cathey AL, Fernandez JA, Watkins DJ, Silver MK, Milne GL, Velez-Vega C, Rosario Z, Cordero J, Alshawabkeh A, Meeker JD. The association between urinary glyphosate and aminomethyl phosphonic acid with biomarkers of oxidative stress among pregnant women in the PROTECT birth cohort study. Ecotoxicol Environ Saf. 2022 Feb 11;233:113300. doi: 10.1016/j.ecoenv.2022.113300. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35158254.

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“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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