Jul 272015

CEED, in collaboration with EOHSI, solicited applications for its 2015-16 Pilot Project Program. The mission of CEED is to understand how environmental exposures are integrated with host and environmental factors to influence human diseases. Further, to use this information to improve human health through education, outreach, and mechanistically based intervention, prevention, and treatment modalities. This year’s request for proposals encouraged interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches to problems in the environmental health sciences, including involvement of the Community Outreach and Engagement Core (COEC).

Five pilot projects were chosen for funding for this cycle. They include:

  1. Design and Development of a Novel Personal Nasal Filter to Improve Respiratory Health (Han, P.I.)
  2. Microfluidic Biosensor for Dual Detection of Nitrite Content and Inflammatory Protein Biomarkers in Exhaled Breath (Javanmard, P.I.)
  3. Rutgers Commuter and Community Cohort (RC3) Study: Community Viewpoints (Laumbach, P.I.)
  4. Assessment of Microbial Communities in Real-World Urban Air Pollution Particulate Matter (Schwander, P.I.)
  5. Epigenetic Deregulation of Sexual Developmental by In Utero Exposure to Zeranol (Zarbl, P.I.)

Summary descriptions of the 5 projects can be see on the Pilot Program page.

 July 27, 2015
Jan 292015

ADHD_0Today’s issue of Rutgers Today featured research of CEED member Dr. Jason Richardson and colleagues regarding  a commonly used pesticide that may alter the development of the brain’s dopamine system and increase the risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children.

The research published Wednesday in the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), by Rutgers scientists and colleagues from Emory University, the University of Rochester Medical Center, and Wake Forest University discovered that mice exposed to the pyrethroid pesticide deltamethrin in utero and through lactation exhibited several features of ADHD, including dysfunctional dopamine signaling in the brain, hyperactivity, working memory, attention deficits and impulsive-like behavior.

“Although we can’t change genetic susceptibility to ADHD, there may be modifiable environmental factors, including exposures to pesticides that we should be examining in more detail,” says Richardson.

Read the full Rutgers Today news article here.

 January 29, 2015