Today is Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019

Department of Environmental Health

Center for Environmental Genetics


News & Events

  • CEG News at a Glance, 2018 December 17: PDF
  • CEG News at a Glance, 2018 November 9: PDF

Research Funding Opportunity!  The CEG is now accepting applications for its 2019-2020 (Year 27) Pilot Projects Program. The Request for Applications (RFA) includes instructions and required cover sheet. These are available online in PDF and Word format. Application deadline is 5:00 PM Thursday January 31, 2019. Awards up to 50K, depending on category. Project and budget year ending March 2020.

Special funding opportunity for "shovel-ready" projects, application deadline 5:00 PM Wednesday January 2, 2019; funds must be expended by March 30, 2019. With this request for applications (RFA) the Center for Environmental Genetics (CEG) seeks new proposals for “shovel ready” research projects in environmental exposure science, toxicology, environmental epidemiology, and related fields. “Shovel ready” means existing projects with high potential for extramural funding wherein the investigator(s) have a need to expand their research scope and\or deepen investigation to produce preliminary data. Early career investigators and researchers new to Environmental Health Science (New to EHS) are strongly encouraged to apply (an established EHS co-investigator, however, is required on the team). Awards up to 20K. Click here for RFA.

Photo of Dr. Bevin EngelwardThe CEG will host the February 27 DEH Wednesday Seminar featuring Bevin P. Engleward, Sc.D., Professor of Biological Engineering and Deputy Director of the MIT Center for Environmental Health Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Engleward’s lab is dedicated to the study of genes, environment, and physiological factors that influence genomic stability. In addition to developing mouse models for fluorescent detection of rare genetic changes, Dr. Engelward and her colleagues are also investigating the interfaces among DNA damage, repair, and infection. Save the Date: 10:00 AM Weds Feb 27, Rm 140 Kowalewski Hall.

Portrait of Dr. Nick NewmanOn Friday December 7, CEG Community Engagement Core co-leader Nicholas Newman, D.O., M.S., F.A.A.P., co-led an NIEHS Partners in Environmental Public Health (PEPH) webinar on Engaging Health Professionals in Environmental Public Health. The webinar focused on the importance of working with physicians, pediatricians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals to build their environmental health literacy and address environmental health issues. Together with CEG Deputy Director Susan Pinney, Dr. Newman will participate in the 2018 Meeting of NIEHS Partners in Environmental Public Health (PEPH), December 13-14, focused on Reporting Back Research Results to community stakeholders. Read more here.

Dr. Alvaro PugaCEG Associate Director and Professor of Environmental Health Alvaro Puga, Ph.D., Fellow A.A.A.S., presented his team’s research on Chromium Disrupts Chromatin Architecture at the 6th International Experimental Biology and Medicine Conference in Chengdu, P. R. China, in late October. The international gathering was a Joint Conference of the Society for Experimental Biology & Medicine, Rijeka University, and the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, together with Experimental Biology and Medicine, Sichuan University & West China School of Medicine:     CEG Internal Advisory Board member Dr. Peter Stambrook served on the Executive Committee for the 2018 planning team. He is Associate Editor for Cell and Developmental Biology for Experimental Biology and Medicine, the journal of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine.

Photograph (head shot) of Scott Langevin, PhD, MHAScott Langevin, Ph.D., M.H.A., 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

Photograph (head shot) of Dr. Susan PinneyDuring the past year alone CEG Deputy Director Susan M. Pinney, Ph.D., F.A.C.E., has been awarded more than a half-million dollars in research funding for her epidemiological studies of environmental exposures and the developmental origins of disease. These recent awards include R01 and R24 funding from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and a new R03 award from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD):

  • R24 ES0285271 Fernald Community Cohort: Research Resource for Environmental Epidemiology; NIEHS, 09/30/18 -- 06/30/23; five years, $399,875 total funding in year 1 ($249,922 direct; $149,953 indirect).
  • R01 ES029133. Longitudinal Study of Endocrine Disrupting Chemical Exposure and the Early Hormonal Milieu of Girls around the Time of Thelarche; NIEHS Project dates 8/15/18 - 06/30/19. $394,748 total funds in 2018; i.e., $268,445 direct; $126,304 indirects in 2018.   
  • R03 HD094236,  Headaches and Migraines: Pubertal Parameter and Hormone Predictors in Adolescent Girls; from the NICHD Project dates; 08/07/18 - 07/31/19. $86,674 total funds in 2018, i.e., $54,171 direct; $32,503 indirects in 2018. Project dates 08/07/18 - 07/31/19.

Photo of Dr. Kim DietrichCEG member and internationally recognized toxicologist Kim Dietrich, Ph.D., 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.

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).