GC-CPEH Director, Dr. Cheryl Walker, discussed the influence of epigenetic changes on tumor development and explained how better understanding of the epigenome will advance precision environmental health At the Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society (EMGS) annual meeting Sept. 22-25. Learn more.
GC-CPEH IHSFC Co-Director, Dr. Philip Lupo and Dr. Karen Rabin, both associate professors of pediatric hematology/oncology, received a three-year, more than $1.1 million per year NIH P20 grant for their project, “Improving outcome disparities for Latino children and adolescents with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.” Learn more.
GC-CPEH Pilot Awardee, Dr. Rachel Arey, assistant professor of molecular and cellular biology and in the Center for Precision Environmental Health, received a three-year, $225,000 grant from the Whitehall Foundation Inc. for her project to better understand the ability to form long-term memories. She will use the C. elegans model system to learn more about mRNAs involved in this poorly understood process.
Dr. Timothy Stout, chair and professor of ophthalmology, and Dr. Rui Chen, professor of molecular and human genetics and GC-CPEH Member, have been awarded a Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Pediatric Networks for the Human Cell Atlas grant to create an atlas of genes and proteins of the human eye across pediatric development. The $2.5 million grant will support their work to understand the processes of eye development. Learn more.
Dr. Elaine Symanski knows that it’s critical to meaningfully involve communities to promote social and environmental justice. As the director of the Maternal and Infant Environmental Health Riskscape Research Center; and deputy director of the Gulf Coast Center for Precision Environmental Health, she ensures her environmental health research is culturally relevant by getting community buy-in for potential solutions. Learn more.
GC-CPEH Member, Dr. Richard H. Finnell, professor and holder of the William T. Butler MD Distinguished Chair, received a four-year, more than $2 million renewal of his NIH grant, “Intervention Strategies for Non-Folate Responsive Neural Tube Defects.” Efforts to better understand the underlying mechanism of folic acid’s beneficial effects may lead to novel intervention strategies to help prevent birth defects.