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M-LEEaD’s Community Engagement Core (CEC) has created new resources (hosted on the M-LEEaD website) relating to lead and water. 

The EPA’s new Lead & Copper Rule sets a lower limit on the amount of lead allowed in drinking water. Because of this, some Michigan residents were notified of elevated levels of lead and copper in their drinking water for the first time. The new listing of Michigan Lead & Water Resources is a great, comprehensive resource of tips and links on what to do if notified (available in English, Spanish, and Arabic). 

There is also a new infographic on 5 Ways to Reduce Lead in Your Water (available in English, Spanish, and Arabic). 

Please share these resources widely with your networks! 
Air transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus behind the coronavirus pandemic, was much higher than surface transmission at the University of Michigan, according to a study by researchers at U-M’s School of Public Health.  The two-year study looked at public spaces on U-M’s Ann Arbor campus, including classrooms, rehearsal rooms, cafeterias, buses, gyms, student activity buildings, and ventilation and air ducts. Read some of the coverage in US News, Health Day, Health Shots, and The Federal
Consumers know that drinking water is key to health, but is that water they've left out overnight actually OK to drink the next morning or even a couple of days later? Chuanwu Xi provided comment to Yahoo!Life, sharing the tips on this topic, including one that keeping water in a container for a long time can lead to taste changes and regrowth of microbes in water. Read the full article here.
In the Speaking of Medicine PLOS Blog, Bhramar Mukherjee dives into excess mortality estimates, which help researchers assess the true toll of the pandemic and ensure a fairer comparison across countries. However, imperfect, and incomplete death registration often makes these calculations a tricky “missing data” problem. Read more this problem, and Mukherjee's own experience with modeling the pandemic in India, here.
A new phase 3 study has been published researching an ultrahigh-dose of methylcobalamin for ALS patients. Commenting on the study, Stephen Goutman, MD, director of the Pranger ALS Clinic and associate professor of neurology in the Neuromuscular Program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, said the study findings "appear promising" although "unfortunately, all clinical secondary endpoints were nonsignificant." Read the full article here.
A fusion gene occurs when two genes, which normally reside in different parts of the genome, come together and get fused, and this fusion of genes can initiate the development of cancers. In prostate cancer, recurrent fusion genes are found in upwards of 60 to 70 per cent of prostate cancers. These prostate cancer gene fusions are typically regulated by male hormones and cause increased levels of cancer driver genes. When recurrent gene fusions are discovered for a particular cancer type they are considered the molecular cause of the cancer.  Read selections from the interview in The Week here.
      6/8/2022 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Zoom   
NIEHS EHSCC Early Stage Investigators Webinar Series

Zhanghua Chen, PhD
Assistant Professor, Population and Public Health Sciences
Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
Maude David, PhD
Assistant Professor, Departments of Microbiology and Pharmaceutical Sciences 
Oregon State University

Registration and topic list here

As part of the Center for Environmental Health in Northern Manhattan's Seminar Series, Maureen Lichtveld will be presenting on “The Impact of Exposures to Chemical and Non-Chemical Stressors on Birth Outcomes and Neurodevelopment in a Vulnerable Culturally Diverse Population." The seminar will be livestreamed, and attendees can register here.

Date: Thursday, June 16, 2022
Time: 12 - 1 pm
Location: Zoom Option
Public Health Prepared’s first virtual summit will provide an opportunity to hear from national and Michigan-based leaders in infectious disease and emergency response. The kick-off keynote presentation will offer a critical perspective on future directions for the field to improve data and the public health system for equitable emergency preparedness and response. This will be followed by a panel featuring experts in clinical care, public health practice, and academic research in Michigan who will share successes, challenges, and lessons learned from their experience in cross-sector partnerships for emerging infectious disease emergency response. Free, but registration is required; visit the website here.

Date: Thursday, June 9, 2022 from 9 - 11 am
Info and registration here
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
NIEHS is planning the EHSCC Annual Meeting at the New York Academy of Medicine on July 13-15, 2022! This year the schedule will be offered through both in-person and hybrid formats, with a focus on tracks for Center Directors and Investigators, the Community Engagement Core attendees, and Center Business Administrators. For more information, including the agenda, and registration, visit the website here.

Date: Wednesday, July 13 - Friday, June 15, 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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The anticipated RFA will provide grants to foster research related to M-LEEaD's mission and/or the Strategic Plan of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). The official RFA for these upcoming pilot grants is expected in the coming weeks, pending official renewal of the M-LEEaD P30 center grant.

More information on this upcoming opportunity is available here. Contact Pilot Program Director Dr. John Meeker,, and M-LEEaD Administrator Rose Branstrom,, with any questions.
Recent Publications citing M-LEEaD:

Ashrap P, Aung MT, Watkins DJ, Mukherjee B, Rosario-Pabón Z, Vélez-Vega CM, Alshawabkeh A, Cordero JF, Meeker JD. Maternal urinary phthalate metabolites are associated with lipidomic signatures among pregnant women in Puerto Rico. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2022 May;32(3):384-391. doi: 10.1038/s41370-022-00410-3. Epub 2022 Jan 24. PMID: 35075242; PMCID: PMC9124693.

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. 2022 Jun;52(6):2801-2811. doi: 10.1007/s10803-021-05110-9. Epub 2021 Jun 10. PMID: 34110557. 

Rivera-Núñez Z, Ashrap P, Barrett ES, Llanos AAM, Watkins DJ, Cathey AL, Vélez-Vega CM, Rosario Z, Cordero JF, Alshawabkeh A, Meeker JD. Personal care products: Demographic characteristics and maternal hormones in pregnant women from Puerto Rico. Environ Res. 2022 Apr 15;206:112376. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2021.112376. Epub 2021 Nov 17. PMID: 34798118; PMCID: PMC8810700. 


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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