Center Member Delivers Climate Change Lecture

Dr. Abiodun Oluyomi of the GC-CPEH was invited to deliver a public lecture on “Environmental Health and Disasters in the Age of Global Climate Change: Implication for Humanitarian Crises’’ at the University of Jos, Plateau State in Nigeria. The public lecture was organized by the University of Jos Centre for Conflict Management and Peace StudiesContinue reading “Center Member Delivers Climate Change Lecture”

Hurricane experience benefits later industrial fire research response

GC-CPEH Members reported that lessons from Hurricane Harvey accelerated and improved research response after an industrial fire in Deer Park, TX. In 2017, Hurricane Harvey affected more than 30,000 Texas residents and destroyed more than 200,000 homes. Following that experience, the Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (SWCOEH) teamed up with community, academic, and government partnersContinue reading “Hurricane experience benefits later industrial fire research response”

What has COVID-19 taught us about disaster research and prevention?

Over the past year and a half, physicians, scientists and public health officials have jumped into action to address the COVID-19 pandemic. In May, Baylor College of Medicine brought health experts from the U.S. and France together for the COVID-19 Disaster Research and Prevention Symposium to present what they have learned during the pandemic. TheContinue reading “What has COVID-19 taught us about disaster research and prevention?”

Oil Refinery Study Featured by the Texas Standard

Drs. Cornelis (Kees) Elferink, GC-CPEH Co-Director, and John Prochaska, CEC LIT are co-authors on a recent article “Proximity to oil refineries and risk of cancer: A population-based analysis” that was featured by the Texas Standard (NPR show) on 12/3/2020 showing that GC-CPEH members (including IHSFC members) are active in this environmental research realm: https://www.texasstandard.org/stories/study-shows-correlation-between-proximity-to-oil-refineries-and-cancer-risk-but-narrower-research-still-needed/.

2020 Chi-Bin Chien Award Winner, Dr. Margot Williams, a GC-CPEH Pilot Project Awardee

Dr. Margot Williams received her BS from Muskingum College in Ohio, then completed her PhD in the lab of Dr. Ann Sutherland at the University of Virginia where she studied mammalian development.  She next made the switch to zebrafish during her postdoctoral training with Dr. Lila Solnica-Krezel at Washington University School of Medicine. While there,Continue reading “2020 Chi-Bin Chien Award Winner, Dr. Margot Williams, a GC-CPEH Pilot Project Awardee”

The Maternal and Infant Environmental Health Riskscape (MIEHR) Research Center

Baylor College of Medicine has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to fund a new Maternal and Infant Environmental Health Riskscape (MIEHR) Research Center. Baylor will receive $7.1 million over five years and is one of only three sites in the country selected as a Center of Excellence for environmental health disparities research byContinue reading “The Maternal and Infant Environmental Health Riskscape (MIEHR) Research Center”

Metal Air Pollution Partnership Solutions (MAPPS) Project Highlighted in NIH PEPH Newsletter

GC-CPEH Deputy Director, Dr. Elaine Symanski’s Metal Air Pollution Partnership Solutions project was highlighted in the June 2020 Partnerships for Environmental Public Health (PEPH) Newsletter by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).  Dr. Symanski with GC-CPEH members, Drs. Inkyu Han and Heyreoun An Han and the rest of her team working together withContinue reading “Metal Air Pollution Partnership Solutions (MAPPS) Project Highlighted in NIH PEPH Newsletter”

GC-CPEH Study Published in Nature Communications on Accelerated Epigenetic Aging Caused by Early-Life EDC Exposure Featured as “Paper of the Month” by NIEHS

GC-CPEH Director, Dr. Cheryl Walker’s recent study published in Nature Communications shows how an early life chemical exposure can permanently reprogram the liver epigenome to cause diet-triggered metabolic dysfunction later in life. “In our study, we found that even a brief exposure to the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) while the liver was developing caused prematureContinue reading “GC-CPEH Study Published in Nature Communications on Accelerated Epigenetic Aging Caused by Early-Life EDC Exposure Featured as “Paper of the Month” by NIEHS”

Center Featured in NIEHS Newsletter

Environmental Factor, NIEHS’s award-winning online newsletter, featured the work of center members and their environmental health studies launched after Hurricane Harvey.“ It was an impressive display of the science efforts and collaborations that quickly came together in response to Hurricane Harvey,” said NIEHS Senior Medical Advisor Aubrey Miller, M.D. Read more at: https://factor.niehs.nih.gov/2019/10/feature/2-feature-hurricane/index.htm.

Dr. Farrah Kheradmand’s Study Raises Health Concerns About the Use of E-cigarettes

GC-CPEH member, Dr. Farrah Kheradmand’s study raises health concerns about the use of electronic cigarettes.  “The opposing views on the safety of e-cigarettes prompted one of my graduate students, Matthew Madison, to investigate the effects of chronic exposure to e-cigarette vapors and to conventional tobacco smoke on murine lung function” Read the full article at: https://blogs.bcm.edu/2019/09/10/from-the-labs-e-cigarettes-disrupt-lung-function-and-raise-risk-of-infection/.