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Upcoming Event: CHE Partnership Call on PCBs in Schools

BU SRP Research Translation Core has organized and is co-sponsoring The Collaborative on Health & the Environment Partnership Call on PCBs in Schools - Still a Problem? The call on Tuesday September 9th at 1:00 pm EST will address issues such as PCBs in schools, PCBS in construction materials, the human health concerns of PCBs, and what actions we need to take to protect our children and others from exposures. RSVP for the call here!

About the Call:

Although toxic PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) were banned from production in the US over three decades ago, new research has found that PCBs produced as an unintended byproduct of some yellow dyes, inks and paints have been detected leaching from a range of products including those used in schools. Join researchers from the Superfund Research Program (SRP) for this back to school look at PCBs in schools, PCBS in construction materials, the human health concerns of PCBs, and what actions we need to take to protect our children and others from exposures. Speakers will include Dr. David Sherr, BU SRP Director, who will provide an overview on the science and health effects of PCBs, and Dr. Keri Hornbuckle, Professor and Chair of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Iowa, and project leader of the Iowa Superfund Research Program, who will discuss PCBs in paint. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Madeleine Scammell from the BU SRP, and co-editor of The Toxic Schoolhouse.

See also the upcoming Eighth International PCB Workshop: PCBs in Schools

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Upcoming: Super Human Radio Interview with Dr. Schlezinger

Monday August 18th 1:00-1:27 PM

Drs. Simmons (BUSM Corkey Lab) and Schlezinger (BUSRP Project 3) will be interviewed on the podcast Super Human Radio which focuses on human health and nutrition. They will talk about chemical obesogens and the evidence concerning their role in human metabolic homeostasis, as presented in their recent review: What Are We Putting in Our Food That Is Making Us Fat? Food Additives, Contaminants, and Other Putative Contributors to Obesity.

You can listen live by using this link to http://tinyurl.com/y5ovsyl or by going to http://shoutcast.com and then searching for the Super Human Channel.

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Genomic Models of Exposure Predict Chemical Carcinogenicity

The latest BU SRP study from Dr. Stefano Monti (Bioinformatics Core), trainee Daniel Gusenleitner (Training Core), Dr. David Sherr (BU SRP Director), and collaborator Dr. Scott Auerbach (NTP NIEHS) demonstrates long-term carcinogenicity effects from a chemical exposure can be predicted by measuring the chemical's short-term effects. Read more about the findings of the study online, read an interview by Voice of America with Dr. Monti, and access the publication on PLoS ONE's website

Daniel Gusenleitner, Scott S. Auerbach, Tisha Melia, Harold F. Gómez, David H. Sherr, Stefano Monti. Genomic Models of Short-Term Exposure Accurately Predict Long-Term Chemical Carcinogenicity and Identify Putative Mechanisms of ActionPLoS ONE, 2014; 9 (7): e102579 DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0102579

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NIEHS Environmental Factor Features Project 5 Leader John Stegeman

NIEHS' The Environmental Factor July 2014 edition features BU SRP's John Stegeman (Project 5) in "Accidental oceanographer discusses aquatic models in exposure research". Dr. Stegeman presented a Keystone Science Lecture Seminar Series talk at NIEHS on May 29 entitled “Plankton to P450: Models and Mechanisms at the Convergence of Oceans and Human Health.” Dr. Stegeman is project leader of BU SRP's project 5 and the director of the Woods Hole Center for Oceans and Human Health (COHH).

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The Superfund Research Program at Boston University

Supported with funding from the
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences' Superfund Research Program

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