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Climate Change and Health Disparities Team
As part of M-LEEaD's recent renewal submission of the P30 center grant, our Translational Research Teams were re-designed with the goal of accelerating public health impacts of the teams' work and promoting opportunities for collaboration.

The Climate Change and Health Disparities Team's objective is to advance research to inform interventions that reduce the health impacts of climate change-related exposures and disparities within these impacts. Led by Dr. Toby Lewis and Dr. Carina Gronlund, the team works to meet this objective by using exposure assessments related to climate (such as indoor temperatures and outdoor pollen levels); epidemiologic studies that link weather-related exposures and health; evaluations of interventions designed to reduce the impact of climate change (such as weatherization programs); and community-based participatory research that engages with key community and regulatory stakeholders.

When asked how the team's research works to advance climate and health disparity research, Dr. Lewis stated, "We are working to advance this field of research in several ways. Our current research characterizes health impacts of weatherization programs in low-income and minority populations and evaluates health impacts of short-term pollen exposures in relation to air pollution. We've also been able to conduct a Health Impact Assessment that looked at unequal distribution of health benefits and costs of fossil fuel-based electricity here in Michigan."

The team's work ultimately is used by stakeholders to inform and refine programs and policies related to reducing the impact of climate change, particularly in low-income and minority populations who have historically been disproportionately affected, and by addressing environmental conditions that are either increasing with climate change, such as pollen and temperature, or contributing to climate change, such as fossil fuel use. Long term, the goal of the team is to see reductions in climate change health impacts and disparities.

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

Samra'a Luqman
Environmental Activist, Southend of Dearborn
Zeina Reda
Student, University of Michigan
Youth Coordinator, Environmental Health Research-to-Action

Natalie Sampson, PhD
Associate Professor, Public Health

See flyer for more info

      4/13/2022 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Zoom   
NIEHS EHSCC Early Stage Investigators Webinar Series

Kathrin Schilling, PhD
Assistant Professor, Environmental Health Sciences
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
Allison Kupsco, PhD
Assistant Professor, Environmental Health Sciences
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health


A new article from the University of Michigan highlights findings from a recent review of research from the Women's Health Across the Nation cohort study. The review, led by M-LEEaD member Siobán Harlow, found that Black women were more likely to experience adverse symptoms in menopause and less likely to receive certain medical and mental health services. "Our analysis suggests that the enduring influence of structural racism - differential access to the goods, services, and opportunities of society by a race - is a major contributor to the health disparities between Black and white women in the midlife," says Harlow. Read the full article here.
In an NBC News article from last month, a study published by researchers from Florida State University was highlighted because it found that exposure to leaded gasoline lowered the IQ of about half the population of the United States. The study details that this decrease was 2.6 points per person, on average, and M-LEEaD member Sung Kyun Park spoke to the significance of this. "On a population basis, shifting the average IQ down even a small amount could have large consequences," Park said. "The entire bell curve shifts, with more of the population at what was once the extreme low end of IQ scores." Read the full article here.
A new study published by a team of U-M researchers, including M-LEEaD member Saher Sue Hammoud, was recently highlighted for its work to characterize the diversity of cells and their gene activities within the fallopian tube. By revealing the heterogeneity within the cells of this highly specialized organ, this study paves the way for new research into infertility and other diseases affecting the fallopian tubes, including some cancers. Read more about this amazing new research here.
Congratulations to M-LEEaD Center Director Dana Dolinoy for being highlighted as an NIEHS Story of Success last month! Check out the spotlight piece here to read about Dana's amazing work studying the overlap between the epigenome, nutrition, and the environment across the life span.
Last month's workshop, "Making TSCA Work: Demystifying the Risk Assessment Process," was a huge success thanks to our wonderful speakers and great turnout! In an exciting update, it was recently announced that the EPA is acknowledging that it should consider academic scientists' calls to adopt probabilistic dose-response analysis methods in its TSCA evaluation of siloxane. Such approaches, if implemented effectively, will ideally lead to more scientific analyses, particularly for non-carcinogens. This policy change was discussed in the M-LEEaD TSCA workshop, which is now available to view here on our YouTube channel.
Congratulations to M-LEEaD CEC Core Co-Leader Barbara Israel on receiving the 2022 Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award last month! For 30 years, this award has recognized health educators who make a substantial contribution to advancing the field of health education or health promotion through research, program development or program delivery. Read more about Israel's work that led to this outstanding achievement 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 April 13th. Lindsey A. Martin, PhD, Health Scientist Administrator in the Population Health Branch at NIEHS, will speak on The Role of Implementation Science in Environmental Public Health. Stay tuned for details on upcoming seminars by visiting the Harvard Chan-NIEHS Center for Environmental Health website for additional information.

Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2022
Time: 1 - 2 pm EST
Join via Zoom here
Please join Wayne State University Center for Urban Responses to Environmental Stressors (CURES) for the final CURES seminar: "Environment, Epigenetics, Neurodevelopment & Health of Extremely Premature Children," presented by Mike O'Shea, MD, MPH, from the University of North Carolina. The seminar will take place via Zoom on April 14, 2022 at 12:30pm.

Additional information on the seminar and recordings of past seminars can be found on the Wayne State University CURES website here.

Date: Thursday, April 14, 2022
Time: 12:30 - 1:30 pm EST
Zoom links will be made available here
Join the University of Kentucky for their 2022 John P. Wyatt, M.D. Environment & Health Symposium on Friday, April 22. This year's theme is "Applied Science to Address the Health Impacts of Disasters and Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities." The symposium will feature keynote speaker Dr. Aubrey K. Miller, Senior Medical Advisor to the Director of The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. His speech will highlight the complex scientific challenges and exciting new opportunities to perform and translate data collection and health research to address disasters and our changing climate. See the website for more information and registration.

Date: Friday, April 22, 2022
Time: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm EST
Virtual registration will be made available here
UM Center for Midlife Science has announced that this year's 2022 MaryFran Sowers Memorial Symposium will feature the career of M-LEEaD member Siobán D. Harlow. This year's symposium will take place on Thursday, May 12th and Friday, May 13th at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. 

Registration is required and in-person attendance is limited. You may register to attend in person and online. You may register for both in-person and online. Contact Meredith McGehee with any questions.

Date: Thursday, May 12, 2022; Friday, May 13, 2022
Time: Thurs 1:30-4:30 pm; Fri 11 am - 1 pm
Location: Thurs @ Room M1020, SPH II; Fri @ Room 1655, SPH I
Online Registration here
In-Person registration 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.
Join Mount Sinai's Institute for Exposomic Research on July 12-13, 2022 for the 2022 NYC Exposome Symposium! This year's theme is "Health Equity and the Exposome: Understanding the Hidden Ways Environment Drives Health." The symposium will focus on the role of exposomics in the context of health disparities research and implications for improving clinical care for communities of color. This year's symposium will be held in-person in New York City, with live stream options available. For more information, the symposium agenda, and registration, visit the website here.

Date: Tuesday, July 12 - Wednesday, July 13, 2022
Info and registration here
Registration is now open for Columbia Mailman School of Public Health's Environmental Justice Boot Camp. The theme for the boot camp is "Theory and Methods to Study Environmental Health Disparities." This is a two-day intensive course featuring seminars and applied analytical session on key concepts, exposure assessment techniques, epidemiologic methods, community engagement and health policy applications, and statistical analytic approaches for conducting effective and solution-driven environmental justice research. The boot camp will be offered virtually on August 15-16, 2022. See the website for more information.

Date: Monday, August 15 - Tuesday, August 16, 2022
Time: 10 am - ~5:00 pm EST
Register here
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NIEHS is participating in the Implementation Research to Reduce Noncommunicable Disease (NCD) Burden in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) and Tribal Nations During Critical Life Stages and Key Transition Periods (R01 Clinical Trial Optional) PAR (PAR-22-132). Applications are due July 27, 2022 for implementation research focused on implementation of interventions for these categories and others: to prevent or mitigate environmental exposures in childhood that lead to NCDs; to reduce primary and/or secondary exposures to pesticides and other chemicals in rural and agricultural settings; to reduce environmental NCD risks that consider individual and structural level social determinants of health; to prevent or mitigate exposures in children, adolescents, young and older adults that are attributed to climate change.
Recent Publications citing M-LEEaD:

Elkin ER, Su AL, Kilburn BA, Bakulski KM, Armant DR, Loch-Caruso R. Toxicity assessments of selected trichloroethylene and perchloroethylene metabolites in three in vitro human placental models. Reprod Toxicol. 2022 Mar 16;109:109-120. doi: 10.1016/j.reprotox.2022.03.003. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35304307.

Ding N, Harlow SD, Randolph JF Jr, Mukherjee B, Batterman S, Gold EB, Park SK. Perfluoroalkyl Substances and Incident Natural Menopause in Midlife Women: The Mediating Role of Sex Hormones. Am J Epidemiol. 2022 Mar 15:kwac052. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwac052. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35292812.

Larson PS, Bergmans RS. Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on temporal patterns of mental health and substance abuse related mortality in Michigan: An interrupted time series analysis. Lancet Reg Health Am. 2022 Jun;10:100218. doi: 10.1016/j.lana.2022.100218. Epub 2022 Mar 6. PMID: 35284903; PMCID: PMC8898171.

Su AL, Harris SM, Elkin ER, Karnovsky A, Colacino JA, Loch-Caruso R. Trichloroethylene modifies energy metabolites in the amniotic fluid of Wistar rats. Reprod Toxicol. 2022 Mar 15;109:80-92. doi: 10.1016/j.reprotox.2022.03.004. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35301063.

Koman PD, Gilden R, Chartres N, Woodruff TJ. Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Implementation: New Ways to Promote Occupational Justice and Prevent Worker Exposures From Hazardous Chemicals. Workplace Health Saf. 2022 Mar 23:21650799221078553. doi: 10.1177/21650799221078553. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35321606.

Lee S, Karvonen-Gutierrez C, Mukherjee B, Herman WH, Park SK. Race-specific associations of urinary phenols and parabens with adipokines in midlife women: The Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN). Environ Pollut. 2022 Mar 16;303:119164. doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2022.119164. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35306088.

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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