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I am happy to announce NIEHS has issued the M-LEEaD Center our Notice of Award for a new 5-year cycle! Thank you to the M-LEEaD community for your hard work and dedication to the center!

This renewal means our environmental health sciences core center can continue our important work improving the understanding of the contribution of environmental exposures toward the etiology of chronic diseases and throughout different lifestages. We are excited to re-energize the Center later this summer and fall and continue working on our mission!

Thank you for all your hard work and patience,
Dana Dolinoy, PhD
M-LEEaD Center Director
M-LEEaD has released our RFA for Traditional Pilot Project Grants to foster research related to M-LEEaD's mission and/or the Strategic Plan of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). Applicants should prepare proposals based on the criteria outlined on the RFA, available here, and proposals are due July 20th. 

Contact Pilot Program Director Dr. John Meeker,, and M-LEEaD Administrator Rose Branstrom,, with any questions.
The Center Scientist positions provide special mentorship experiences for the selected early-stage investigators and include a contribution to salary and benefits. The Center Scientist is expected to engage in research that addresses the goals of the M-LEEaD Center to define, explain, or mitigate impacts of environmental exposures during vulnerable stages of life.  

Eligible applicants can be current U of M postdoctoral trainees,  research fellows, or junior faculty appointed as assistant research professor, clinical assistant professor, or assistant research scientist with less than two years in rank at UM.  We strongly encourage faculty members of the M-LEEaD Center to identify and encourage eligible candidates to apply and to offer to provide a letter of support.

The due date for applications is July 25, 2022. For additional information see our website.
Middle-aged women with higher blood concentrations of common synthetic chemicals called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), also called "forever chemicals" and found in water, soil, air and food, were at greater risk of developing high blood pressure, compared to their peers who had lower levels of these substances, according to new research published today in Hypertension, an American Heart Association journal. "It's important to note that we examined individual PFAS as well as several PFAS together, and we found that the combined exposure to multiple PFAS had a stronger effect on blood pressure," said study senior author Sung Kyun Park. Read some of the coverage in Science DailyEndocrinology Network, Grist, Sustainability Times, and Health Day
John Meeker is one of the study co-authors- he says the study shows that Hispanic women and other women of color and those of lower socioeconomic status and education had higher concentrations of multiple pesticides and parabens “consistent with prior evidence that chemical exposures are frequently higher among women of color."
Read some of the coverage in the University of Michigan News, Click on Detroit, Futurity, and Michigan Today
The economic, health, and social toll of environmental racism is profound. Disproportionate and systemic excess exposure of communities of color to multiple pollutants in the soil, water, and air is exceptionally well documented, as are the contributions of those pollutants to longstanding racial inequities in length and quality of life. The environmental justice movement arose in response to environmental racism. It centers on disproportionately impacted communities who have long borne the brunt of racial discrimination in environmental policymaking and enforcement.
Read more of this stirring introduction, and the other pieces in the collection,  here.
Experts warn that PFAS appear to be widespread in our food supply. PFAS have contaminated dairy farms in Maine and Michigan, and testing from the consumer wellness site Mamavation found evidence of the compounds in organic pasta sauces, canola oils and nut butters. Michigan State University’s Carignan said that her initial thoughts on the Mamavation pasta sauce testing were that the results could be false positives, as there’s a number of challenges with testing for PFAS in food. But she added that researchers know that produce with higher water content, like tomatoes, can absorb more of the compounds, so “it’s possible that the results are real.” Read the full article here.
More than 1 in 4 adults ages 18 to 24 experience insomnia every night; it's the highest rate of insomnia out of any age group in the U.S. "We see that (insomnia) is higher than other populations," Jansen told USA TODAY. "In general, the young adult period is a time of a lot of transition in life, and a lot of uncertainty. We know that mental health issues are highly related to insomnia, and periods of uncertainty are also highly-related to insomnia." She said it's best for people to establish good bedtime routines and make sure bedtimes and wake times are the same every day. Read the full article here.
A natural small molecule derived from a cypress tree can transport iron in live mice and human cells lacking the protein that normally does the job, easing a buildup of iron in the liver and restoring hemoglobin and red blood cell production.  Young-Ah Seo’s research group, which studies genetic disorders of iron and manganese, provided proof-of-concept that hinokitiol could improve anemia in mice. “These findings suggest that hinokitiol could deliver iron from the liver to red blood cells and thus improve hemoglobin in mice.”
Read the research summary from the University of Illinois Newsroom here.
     8/10/2022 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Zoom   
NIEHS EHSCC Early Stage Investigators Webinar Series, featuring 
Angelico Mendy, PhD 
Assistant Professor, Environmental and Public Health Sciences
College of Medicine, University of Cincinnati
Shelly Buffington, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Cell Biology, & Anatomy
The University of Texas Medical Branch     
Registration and topic list 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 pm EST
Register here
ISEE is planning the 34th Annual Conference in Athens, Greece, for September 18-21, 2022, which will be the first in-person Conference for the group in 2 years (a hybrid option is available). 

The main theme of the 2022 Conference is “Strengthening the global role of environmental epidemiology”, stressing the need to study and understand local conditions in order to synthesize the knowledge and make a difference for our Planet.

Date: September 18-21, 2022
Info and registration here
The 2022 Annual Meeting of ISES will be held in Lisbon, Portugal  from September 25-29, 2022 with the theme From Exposure to Human Health: New Developments and Challenges in a Changing Environment. This meeting will promote information sharing and facilitate discussion on exposure sciences and related fields in the context of the environment, especially how we can better understand and respond to the complex and multidisciplinary issues in exposure and environmental health through sciences and policies.

Date: September 25-29, 2022
Info and registration here
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Recent Publications citing M-LEEaD:

Koman PD, Billmire M, Baker KR, Carter JM, Thelen BJ, French NHF, Bell SA. Using wildland fire smoke modeling data in gerontological health research (California, 2007-2018). Sci Total Environ. 2022 Sep 10;838(Pt 3):156403. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.156403. Epub 2022 May 31. PMID: 35660427.

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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