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Department of Environmental Health

Center for Environmental Genetics

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  • CEG News at a Glance, 2017 December 19: PDF


Dr. Rankan Deka photo near Nature Genetics article image 2016

The Croatian Academy of Science and Arts has appointed CEG member Ranjan Deka, PhD, to the Academy’s Scientific Council for Anthropological Research. Dr. Deka’s research focuses on DNA analysis to understand genetic variation that explains predispositions to cardiometabolic disorders, particularly in Polynesian and Croatian island populations. The Croatian Academy of Science and Arts promotes, organizes and publishes scientific research and encourages the application of research findings to advance human health in the Republic of Croatia and around the world.

From more than 2,900 NIEHS-funded studies published in 2017, leaders of the institute recently selected 23 for recognition as Papers of the Year, including this article by CEG members Erin Haynes, MS, DrPH; Nicholas Newman, DO, MS, FAAP; and Kim Dietrich, PhD, MA; et al.: Haynes EN, Sucharew H, Hilbert TJ, Kuhnell P, Spencer A, Newman NC, Burns R, Wright R, Parsons PJ, Dietrich KN. 2017. Impact of air manganese on child neurodevelopment in East Liverpool, Ohio. Neurotoxicology; doi: 10.1016/j.neuro.2017.09.001. PMID: 28888663.

REUTERS News Agency (Byline: Lisa Rapaport) distributed a January 3 article on research published in the Journal of Pediatrics by CEG clinical member Emily DeFranco, DO, Associate Professor in and Director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, UC College of Medicine, and a physician-researcher at the Center for Prevention of Preterm Birth| Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.  Co-authors of the study published in the Journal of Pediatrics include CEG CEC Director Erin Haynes, MS, DrPH and CEG Associate Director Aimin Chen, MD, PhD. “Air Pollution around Conception Tied to Birth Defects.” Cf. Ren S, Haynes E, Hall E, Hossain M, Chen A, Muglia L, Lu L, DeFranco E. Periconception exposure to air pollution and risk of congenital malformations.  J Pediatr. 2017 Dec 8. pii: S0022-3476(17)31330-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2017.09.076. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 29237538.

Congratulations to UC Translational Signatures Network Team Science Award winners Jarek Meller, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics, CCHMC and co-leader CEG Bioinformatics Core; Robert McCullumsmith, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences; Adam Funk, PhD, Research Scientist in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences; and Kenneth Greis, PhD, Professor of Cancer and Cell Biology (2017 Nov). Drs. Greis, Meller and McCullumsmith are CEG faculty members.  The UC COM Team Science Award recognizes faculty members who have successfully created and sustained a multidisciplinary research team that contributes to the mission of the College of Medicine. Animated by a common aim to understand the pathophysiology of severe neuropsychiatric illness, the Translational Signatures Network team was originally formed in 2015 and has expanded to include researchers from the University of Toronto and John Hopkins University.

Photo of Team Science Award Winners Meller, Greis, McCullumsmith and Funk

CEG members and nationally recognized lead exposure experts Kim N. Dietrich, PhD, MA, Professor of Epidemiology, Nicholas Newman, DO, MS, FAAP, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics & Environmental Health, are quoted in this Cincinnati Enquirer story on faulty lead diagnostic kits: “Lead tests for ‘millions of kids’ may be wrong?" Byline: Carrie Blackmore Smith, Hannah Sparling. The Cincinnati Enquirer 2018 Jan 10:


Construction is affecting pedestrian access to the Kettering Research Complex. Visitors should enter Kettering via its northeast doors, near marker "1a" on this map (upper lefthand corner of map).