Today is Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018

Department of Environmental Health

Center for Environmental Genetics


News & Events

  • CEG News at a Glance, 2018 October 1: PDF
  • CEG News at a Glance, 2018 September 24: PDF


QR code to RSVP for CEG Research Symposium November 2, 2018 2018 CEG Research Symposium, hosted by the CEG Pilot Projects Program. Friday November 2, 2018. Coffee and Registration: 8:30 AM Kettering Atrium. Presentations beginning at 8:45 AM in Room 121 Kettering. Keynote Address, 11:00 AM, Dr. Melanie Cushion, Senior Associate Dean for Research, UC College of Medicine. Her topic: “Revealed: The Obligate Sex Life of the Fungal Pathogens, Pneumocystis. How pilot projects led the way.” Other featured speakers include include Jason Heikenfeld, PhD, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering,and Biomedical Engineering and Assistant Vice President for Entrepreneurial Affairs and Technology Commercialization; Hong Sheng Wang, PhD, Associate Professor of Pharmacology & Systems Physiology; Satoshi Namekawa, PhD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, UC|CCHMC; et al.  Afternoon poster session. RSVP required for 12 PM lunch by Ambar India:

Photograph (head shot) of Scott Langevin, PhD, MHAScott Langevin, PhD, MHA, a 2015 CEG Next Generation Biomedical Investigator and 2016 Pilot awardee, has been awarded more than three-quarters of a million dollars from the American Cancer Society for his study, Oral Rinse CpG Island Methylation Panel in Follow-Up Surveillance of Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Dr. Langevin will receive $782,000 ($660,000 direct funding) for his study of biomarkers to improve screening and follow-up for oral and pharyngeal cancers. Project starting Jan 1, 2019.

CEG member Zalf Abdel-Malek, PhD video 1st in a new series! A firsthand look at the fascinating work of CEG members, in terms that lay persons and newcomers can understand. In this inaugural Meet the Researcher video, we are introduced to Zalfa Abdel-Malek, PhD, Professor of Dermatology, whose study of gene-environment interactions has already led to a patented agent to help prevent melanoma. CEG video

Logo of the Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program BCERP

CEG Deputy Director Dr. Susan M. Pinney was cited in a July 31 CNN news report, "“Is there a new water crisis in Michigan?” Journalist Nadia Kounang's report cites Dr. Pinney on concerns regarding high levels of polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl compounds (PFOA, PFASs) detected in Kalamazoo County drinking water supplies. Pinney's expertise has been recognized by the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), and University of Cincinnati research has been featured as a compelling case study in the benefits of collaborative translational research: See Pettibone KG, Balshaw DM, et al. Expanding the Concept of Translational Research: Making a Place for Environmental Health Sciences. Environ Health Perspect. 2018 Jul 16;126(7):074501. PMID: 30024381

Dr. Pinney is a Program Committee member for the Annual Meeting of the Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program; Washington, DC; 2018 November 8-9.The event is open to the public at no cost. Registration and details at

Dr. Pinney will be moderating a November 15 CEG IHSFC seminar: Scientific Rigor and Sex as Biological Variable Components of NIH Grants. Presenter: Divaker Choubey, PhD. 12 Noon Thursday November 15. Kettering Research Building. More details to come!

Dr. Alvaro PugaCEG associate director Alvaro Puga, PhD, who is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), delivered the Keynote Address at the 2nd International Ah Receptor Symposium, in Paris, 2018 August 28-31.

CEG Internal Advisory Board member Philip Diller, MD, PhD, has agreed to serve as Senior Associate Dean for Educational Affairs at the UC College of Medicine. Congratulations to Dr. Diller and the COM.  Read more here.

Photo of Dr. Kim DietrichCEG member and internationally recognized toxicologist Kim Dietrich, PhD, co-authored an article published in the July 22 New York Times on the importance of accurate understanding of the Flint, MI lead exposure crisis. While noting that there is no “safe level” of lead exposure among very young children, the authors caution against language suggesting that youth exposed to Flint, MI drinking water were “poisoned” and thus vulnerable to or likely to suffer adverse health effects. “In fact," wrote Dr. Dietrich and co-author Hernan Gomez, the C.D.C. recommends medical treatment only for blood lead levels at or above 45 micrograms per deciliter. Not a single child in Flint tested this high.... After Flint’s water was switched from Detroit’s municipal system to the Flint River, the annual percentage of Flint children whose blood lead levels surpassed the reference level did increase — but only from 2.2 percent to 3.7 percent.” The authors lament the fact that misleading rhetoric in the media fosters panic among parents and belies what has been a major public health success: mitigation of lead exposure nationwide since 1970. Read the full op-ed here.

Photo of Dr. Ardythe Morrow CEG Clinical member Ardythe Morrow, PhD, Emerita Professor of Pediatrics at UC and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, has joined 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.

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).