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Department of Environmental Health

Center for Environmental Genetics


News & Events

  • CEG News at a Glance, 2018 July 17: PDF
  • CEG News at a Glance, 2018 June 18: PDF


Save the Date! Thursday August 2, at 2 PM, Room 121 Kettering. CEG Integrative Health Sciences Facilities Core & Career Development Initiative joint panel: Reviewing manuscripts for journals. Join us for panel discussion and ice cream!  More details to come… We'll be exploring information such as that found in this useful document from the UK, where "Reviewing" is called "Refereeing": click here.  

The CEG has received an $8.1 million grant renewal from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (2018- 2023).

Logo of the Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program BCERPCEG Deputy Director Dr. Susan M. Pinney used the NIEHS Translational Research Framework to tell the story of her team’s research on perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and the Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program. NIEHS Partnerships in Environmental Public Health (PEPH) webinar, June 13.  Click here for more information.

Also on June 13, CEG Community Engagement Core co-leader Nicholas Newman, DO, MS, FAAP, led a “Science on Tap” discussion at Urban Artifact in Northside on the topic “Old Problem, New Findings in Lead.” Follow our CEG Community Engagement Core on Facebook and Twitter

The College of Medicine hosted a celebration and special presentation on June 27 in honor of distinguished researchers David Hui, PhD, and Frank McCormack, MD. Dr. Hui is a professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and directs the Metabolic Diseases Research Center. Dr. McCormack is a professor and director in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. Both awardees are CEG members. .

Photo of Dr. Ardythe MorrowWe are delighted to note that CEG Clinical member Ardythe Morrow, PhD, Emerita Professor of Pediatrics at UC and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, has joinied the Dept of Environmental Health as an Adjunct Professor. Dr. Morrow is establishing a human milk research laboratory in the DEH that will focus on the infant microbiota and health outcomes. She currently directs the CDC-funded PREVAIL birth cohort study, which is enrolling 265 mother-infant pairs in pregnancy and following infants to 2 years of age. She is also co-leading several NIH- and privately funded trials of human milk oligosaccharide in preterm infants, term infants, and IBD patients.

Portrait of Yuet-Kin (Ricky) LeungThe journal EPIGENETICS has published work by CEG member Yuet-Kin (Ricky) Leung et al. on DNA methylation changes in a Faroe island population exposed to fish contaminated with high levels of methylmercury (MeHg), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and other toxicants associated with chronic disease risk Upon acceptance for publication, journal reviewers described the article as “very interesting” …“excellent and much needed.” See Leung YK, Ouyang B, Niu L, Xie C, Ying J, Medvedovic M, Chen A, Weihe P, Valvi D, Grandjean P, Ho SM. Identification of sex-specific DNA methylation changes driven by specific chemicals in cord blood in a Faroese birth cohort. Epigenetics. 2018 Mar 21:1-32. doi: 10.1080/15592294.2018.1445901. PMID: 29560787 .

Photograph of Dr. Hong Sheng Wang, jpeg fileHong Sheng Wang, PhD a CEG member and Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Systems Physiology, UC College of Medicine, has received a 5-year, nearly $2 million R01 award from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences for his study of Endocrine Disruptors and Heart Health: NIEHS R01ES0027855-01A1 (02/01/18– 01/31/23; $1,974,426). The project builds upon preliminary data and methods developed with the help of two prior CEG Pilot awards, including Dr. Wang’s 2013 CEG award “HRC genetic variant and cardiac susceptibility to the pro-arrhythmic impact of BPA.” Dr. Wang has also investigated the effects of a BPA alternative, bisphenol S (BPS) on cardiac cells. As a key part of the new R01, Dr. Wang will leverage resources from the Fernald Community Cohort managed by CEG Deputy Director Dr. Susan Pinney. Dr. Wang and his team will analyze BPA levels in urine samples from 600 subjects in the FCC cohort and compare them to electrocardiogram data collected contemporaneously. The human study is exclusively using FCC data and biospecimens.

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 Academy 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.

Photo of Team Science Award Winners Meller, Greis, McCullumsmith and FunkCongratulations 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.

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