Oct 162015


The Toxicology, Health and Environmental Disease (THED) high school summer program continues its success through the summer of 2015. JGPT students, led by Alessandro Venosa, John Szilagyi and Stephanie Marco, coordinated lessons, seminars and laboratory activities for 47 high school students over the course of two weeks. First introduced in 2013, THED continues to provide high school students the opportunity to meet scientists and clinicians in diverse fields within toxicology and learn key laboratory techniques such as cell staining, enzymatic analysis, PCR and DNA isolation.

Two one-week sessions ran July 20-24 and July 27-31, 2015. The THED program will be held again in the summer of 2016. More information for the upcoming year, including how to apply, will be available soon.

 October 16, 2015
Aug 062015

We say farewell this week to two outstanding environmental health researchers.

Dr. Jason Richardson

Jason Richardson, MS, PhD, DABT is a tenured Associate Professor and Board Certified Toxicologist in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Medicine at Rutgers School of Public Health and Resident Member of the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, since 2005.

Dr. Richardson’s research at EOHSI has focused on the role of environmental exposures and their interactions with genetic susceptibility as contributors to neurological disease using translational approaches. He has also served as Deputy Director, then Director, of the Joint Graduate Program in Toxicology and Director of the CEED Pilot Project Program. Dr. Richardson’s laboratory has investigated links between pesticide exposure and Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, and ADHD. Dr. Richardson will be taking a position as Endowed Professor at Northeast Ohio Medical University.

Stuart Shalat, ScD is a tenured Associate Professor in Exposure Science, in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Medicine at Rutgers School of Public Health and Resident Member of the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute.

Dr. Stuart Shalat

Dr. Shalat’s research at EOHSI has focused on the adverse health effects of environmental pollutants on young children. Recent research funded by NIEHS on the development of the pretoddler inhalable particulate environmental robotic air sampler (PIPER) has been employed in a number of studies including those of early childhood asthma, lead, artificial turf fields, and the Florida Red Tide. Dr. Shalat will be taking a position as Professor and Director of the Environmental Health Division at Georgia State University School of Public Health in Atlanta.

Both Dr. Richardson and Dr. Shalat will be sorely missed by colleagues and students alike.

 August 6, 2015
Aug 052015
lioyPaul Lioy, Pioneer in Air Pollution Research, 68

Paul James Lioy of Cranford, NJ passed away suddenly on July 8, 2015. He was 68 years old. Visitation will be on Sunday, July 12 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Dooley Funeral Home, 218 North Avenue, Cranford, NJ. A graveside funeral service will be at 10:00 Monday morning, July 13, at Saint Gertrudes Cemetery, 53 Inman Avenue, Colonia, NJ.

Paul was the Vice Chair of the Department of Environmental & Occupational Medicine, RWJ Medical School. He was Director of Exposure Science at the Rutgers Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences Institute and the Deputy Director of Government Relations. Dr. Lioy was a pioneer in air pollution research and was one of the first scientists to take samples from Ground Zero after the Twin Towers collapsed. He was considered one of the world’s leading experts in personal exposures to toxins and was elected Fellow, Collegium Ramazzini Environmental and Occupational Medicine and Health, Carpi, Italy in 1999. Since 2002 he has been one of Information Sciences Institute’s Most Highly Cited scientists in the category of Environment and Ecology. He was the recipient of numerous national and international awards including the International Society of Exposure Science Jerome Weslowski Award for Lifetime Achievement and the Ellen Hardin Walworth Medal for Patriotism. Among the many books he authored, he was the most proud of Dust: The Inside Story of its Role in the September 11th Aftermath.

Paul was an avid fan of Rutgers and Auburn football and the NY Yankees. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Jean, his son Jason, his mother, Jean , and sister, Mary Jean. He considered his role of “Poppi” to his two grandsons, Alexander and Samuel, the most treasured role in his life.

Please visit Paul’s memorial page and sign the guest book.
 August 5, 2015
Jul 312015

Proposals due September 4, 2015

The NIEHS Center for Environmental Exposures and Disease (CEED) is based in the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute (EOHSI) on the Busch campus of Rutgers University. The mission of CEED is to understand how environmental exposures are integrated with host and environmental factors to influence human diseases; and to use this information to improve human health through education, outreach, and mechanistically based intervention, prevention, and treatment modalities. We encourage interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches to problems in the environmental health sciences, including involvement of the Community Outreach and Engagement Core (COEC). CEED is in its 28th year of funding by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS, P30-ES005022). CEED has a long-standing Pilot Project Program, which supports new environmental health research with the potential to improve human health. For examples of recent pilot projects, see the Pilot Program page.

CEED is soliciting applications for a special Pilot Project Program focused on linking environmental research to communities affected by that specific environmental problem. This special RFP comes out of discussions about how CEED can more fully address our mission of improving human health, through involvement of our Community Outreach and Engagement Core (COEC) and affected communities in research design and implementation.

Requirements of this Community-engaged Environmental Health Pilot Program Project:
  1. COMMUNITY FOCUS: Proposals should be linked to community environmental health; research goals and design should include input from COEC or a community-focused organization. Projects that include a community/COEC PI or co-PI are strongly encouraged.
  2. Preference will be given to projects that will be competitive for NIEHS grants.
  3. Pilot Project recipients should apply for funding from NIH, and preferably NIEHS, within 1 year following the end of the pilot project funding period (i.e., no later than November 2017).

The program is open to all Rutgers faculty members. Collaborative projects are encouraged.

  • At least one PI must be a CEED Member or Affiliate Member.
  • At least one CEED COEC member should be consulted regarding project design and/or implementation (Rob Laumbach, Joanna Burger, Laura Liang, Mark Robson, Nancy Fiedler, Judith Graber, Anna Vetrano, Brian Buckley, Michael Gochfeld).
  • Special consideration is given to new faculty members.
  • Co-investigators may be staff/representatives of community-based environmental health organizations or programs.
Budget considerations

A maximum of $25,000 will be available for each grant.

Undergraduate stipends up to $6,000/year ($3,000/semester).
Costs of holding community meetings (refreshments, handouts, local travel).

NOT allowed:
Equipment, travel, graduate student stipends.

Application Procedures

Each proposal must include the following components:

Project Narrative: up to four pages for items 1-10 (single-spaced, 11 pt. font, 1” margins):

  1. Title of Project
  2. Investigators (include name, title, affiliation, address, e-mail and phone number)
  3. Hypothesis/Goals, include community/COEC engagement in setting goals
  4. Background and significance
  5. Specific Aims, with timeline
  6. Methods and data analysis
  7. IRB/IACUC: Projects involving human or animal subjects must have protocols pre-reviewed for adherence to IRB/IACUC requirements, by department or EOHSI senior faculty
  8. Expected Results, Outcomes:
    • To enhance scientific discovery relevant to environmental health
    • Publications; grant applications to NIH, especially NIEHS
    • Development of ongoing working relationships between CEED and community organizations for future community-engaged environmental research
  9. Relevance to NIEHS Center
  10. Planned use of NIEHS Facility Cores


  1. References
  2. Biosketches (2015 NIH format)
  3. Other Support Page (NIH format) for PI and co-investigators

Budget: up to two pages

  1. Budget – Direct costs only – Indirect costs are not permissible
  2. Budget Justification
  • July 31, 2015: RFP released
  • September 4, 2015: Applications due
  • September 2015: Review by Director and Internal Advisory Board including COEC Director Applicants may be asked to give a 10-minute presentation of their project to the Review Committee
  • September 15, 2015: Award letters
  • October 1, 2015 – March 31, 2016: FUNDING PERIOD *IRB/IACUC approvals, if applicable, must be secured before any funding will be released.
  • January 30, 2016 – 1st quarter; April 30, 2016 – final: Reporting: quarterly progress reports on program establishment, protocol revisions, and spending. All funds must be spent by March 31, 2016. By one year post-funding (April 2017, funded applicants will be required to give an oral presentation of the project outcome at an NIEHS Center members’ meeting, and provide evidence of NIH grant submission.


Please e-mail your application by September 4, 2015 to:
Kimi Nakata, MPH, MSSW, NIEHS Center Administrator
PHONE – (848) 445-0194 | FAX – (732) 445-0922 | E-mail:

 July 31, 2015