Vol. 2 No. 11 Feb 2017          

Save the Date
CHHE 3rd Annual Retreat
April 21, 2017
JC Raulston Arboretum
Upcoming Events

2/16 - First Annual CHHE Science Symposium
"Toxic Metals - From Exposures and Model Organisms to Human Populations"
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
James B. Hunt Library, Duke Energy Hall AB
North Carolina State University

3/21 - CHHE/Toxicology Co-sponsored Seminar
Humphrey Hung-Chang Yao, NIEHS
"Sex, Arenic, and Hedgehog: Mouse Models of Fetal Origins of Adult Diseases"
Toxicology Building Auditorium 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

3/23 - East Carolina University's Climate Change and Health Conference
"Climate Change and Health: Focus on Eastern N.C."
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
East Carolina Heart Institute
East Carolina University

Funding Opportunities 

The Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) is partnering with The Office of Research, Innovation, and Economic Development (ORIED), as well as NC State’s Comparative Medicine Institute (CMI), to support new inter-institutional collaborative research teams.
Duke/NC State Translational Research Grant offers $50,000 (half from each institution) for 12 months to fund novel clinical and translational research that applies or accelerates discovery into testing in clinical or population settings. 
CTSI and NC State are interested in the following types of translational research projects:
  • Research that generates translational discoveries relevant to human health or disease, regardless of whether the context of the discovery is the laboratory, in animal models, or the field.
  • Research that applies or accelerates discovery into testing in clinical or population settings
  • Development and/or evaluation of the evidence base that changes practice.
  • Research that investigates how practice improves health policy, health outcomes, and the health of populations.
Research areas of interest include, but are not limited to, collaborations involving: 
  • Medical textiles and biomaterials
  • Large animal model-based translational medicine
  • Manufacturing of biomaterials and scale-up
  • Personalized biomedical sensor platforms
  • Epidemiology of environmental toxicant exposure
Projects must demonstrate high translational potential with a clear path to subsequent grant support, new company formation, licensing, not-for-profit partnering, or other channels. Population health improvement projects should demonstrate significant stakeholder involvement to move it more globally into broader practice patterns, clinical guidelines, and other applications.
  • Application Submission Deadline: March 9, 2017
  • Selection of Awardees: June 2017 
  • Funding Period: The budget period is for 12 months beginning July 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2018
Visit ORIED's Website to view the full RFA
First Annual CHHE Science Symposium: February 16, 2017
Mark your calendars to attend the first annual CHHE Science Symposium - "Toxic Metals - From Exposures and Model Organisms to Human Populations" on February 16, 2017, Hunt Library, Duke Energy Hall AB 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. This year the symposium will feature research by CHHE members in the area of toxic metals from exposures to model organisms and human populations. Dr. Linda Birnbaum, Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the National Toxicology Program will provide opening remarks to kick off an exciting day of presentations and posters. Dr. Michael Waalkes, (NCI/NIEHS), a pioneering research scientist who has made seminal contributions to the toxic metal field will be the keynote speaker. Lorisa Seibel, Director of Housing Programs for Reinvestment Partners in Durham, NC, will discuss the impacts of toxic metals in our local community.  Presentations by CHHE members will highlight research expertise in the area of toxic metals involving ecotoxicology, remediation, exposures, susceptibility, model systems, genetics, and epidemiology. 

This event is open to anyone who would like to attend. CHHE members, their collaborators, graduate students and postdocs are encouraged to attend and present a poster on any aspect of their current research. 
Poster sessions will be open to all research areas and CHHE members as well as graduate students and post-docs.

Lunch will be provided, and there will be a reception with hors d’oeuvres and drinks at 5:00 pm. Registration is free and limited to the first 100 participants.
To register for the symposium, please visit,

The Brody School of Medicine, Department of Public Health at East Carolina University will be hosting, "Climate Change and Health: Focus on Eastern N.C." at the East Carolina Heart Institute on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm in Greenville

The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of climate change and health impacts on eastern North Carolina. The symposium aims to stimulate synergy and increase communication surrounding this issue among researchers, healthcare professionals, faculty, students and local community.  Faculty, students and researchers outside of ECU are welcome to attend.   
Invited speakers include representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), US EPA, NC DHHS, Division of Public Health, Carolinas Health Care System, and The Southeast Regional Climate Center. The event is being co-sponsored by the gracious support of Clean Air Carolina, and NCSU Center for Human Health and the Environment (CHHE).  Lunch will be provided and pre-registration is required. Participants interested in presenting a poster are invited to submit an abstract through the registration website.
To register for the symposium, please visit, For more information, please contact Dr. Greg Kearney at ECU, Department of Public Health, at (252) 744-4039 or via email at

Associate Membership Available for Post-doctoral fellows: Postdocs and Research Associates with interests in Environmental Health Science can apply for Associate Membership in the Center. Prospective new members may self-nominate or be nominated by a CHHE member. The criteria for Associate Membership in the Center are: 1) Postdoc or Research Associate status at one of the CHHE partners; 2) significant interest in environmental health science; and 3) relevance of the individual’s research program to environmental health science.

Comparative Pathology Core 

CPC Pathology Microscope Hours and Dual Head Teaching Microscope Resource for CHHE Members
To help answer CHHE member pathology questions, the Comparative Pathology Core (CPC) now staffs the CPC Dual Head Microscope with a CPC board certified veterinary pathologist from 3-4pm on the second and fourth Thursday of every month - Room 2208 Vestibule, Toxicology Building – next to Dr. Smart's Office. CHHE members, or their post docs or graduate students, can stop by the scope and ask comparative pathology questions and/or share microscope slides of their research for impromptu pathology opinions and discussion.  CHHE members can always get pathology support by contacting the CPC at any time at
The CPC also provides the CPC Dual Head Microscope for CHHE members to review microscope slides on their own or with fellow scientists, post docs and graduate students.  We hope this microscope will be a useful resource and will stimulate more discussion and teaching. Please sign the Microscope Use Log every time you use the microscope to help the CPC track impact.

Career Development 

As an early stage investigator with much to learn, my experience of working with the Career Development Core on preparing grant proposals has been invaluable. I have developed two proposals with the Core. In each case, I selected a mentor from the team of experienced grant writers whose interests were most closely aligned with the theme of the proposal. We met in person three or four times to discuss multiple drafts, and covered all aspects of the grant, from project design to page layout and language style.  The result? A 50 % success rate for funding!    - Mike Cowley

Contact Chris McGahan, leader of the Career Development Core, to get started on your success today.


Kudos to Ahmed Mohamed, a post doc in Jane Hoppin's group for being highlighted in the new Post Doc Magazine on campus Verve.  Here's a link:

Congratulations to Brian Reich for receiving the 2016 LeRoy & Elva Martin Teaching Award in Statistics

COEC Update

Are you working on research that people outside of your lab should know about? 
Do you want help thinking of creative ways to communicate your science? 
Would you like to get community groups or "regular people" involved in your research? 
(Do you need to get better at fitting "community engagement"into your grant proposals?) 
The COEC is here to help!


PINS: Remember when submitting your grants, be sure to select "Center for Human Health and the Environment" as a center in PINS.

Acknowledgements: Remember to cite our CHHE grant P30ES025128 in publications if CHHE has provided you services, facility core use, seed/pilot project funds etc. NIH tracks this as an important CHHE metric.

CHHE Logo: Please use the CHHE logo in your presentations. You can find it on the

CHHE Resources and Facilities Page for NIH Grants is now available on the CHHE


Humphrey Hung-Chang Yao, NIEHS
"Sex, Arsenic, and Hedgehog: Mouse Models of Fetal Origins of Adult Diseases”
March 21, 2017 Toxicology Building Auditorium 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Rick Woychik, NIEHS
"Research Strategies for Exploring the Landscape of Environmental Health"
April 25, 2017 Toxicology Building Auditorium 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

CHHE Calendar of events

CHHE Member Resources 
CHHE offers a host of resources for Center members: seed money for use in Facility Cores, Facility Cores for Pathology, Proteomics, Genomics, and Metabolomics, bioinformatic support, career development opportunities, travel funds, and more.  Check out the website for more details.  And, remember, if you take advantage of these resources be sure to cite the Center (P30ES025128) in the acknowledgments of papers.

Research Money for CHHE members: CHHE Seed Funds
CHHE is providing up to $5000/year to each CHHE member to defray the cost associated with using the Comparative Pathology Core (immunohistochemical staining , tissue embedding and processing, etc.) or the Systems Technologies Core, including the Genomics (RNAseq etc), Proteomics (targeted and discovery proteomics), and Metabolomics sections (analysis of endorgenous and exogenous compounds; metals, xenobiotics etc) for environmental health science related projects. CHHE will also consider providing funds to support EHS research associated with the Integrative Health Sciences Facility and Community Outreach and Engagement Cores. For more details, click on 

CHHE 2016 Travel/Workshop Award Announcement - - Rolling deadline
One of CHHE's missions is to support career development of new and early stage investigators. As part of the effort, CHHE will provide awards (up to $1,000) to help defray the cost of travel to scientific meetings or small symposia relevant to environmental health science or a workshop that will provide new skills. Travel/Workshop awards will be reviewed and prioritized by members of the 
Career Development Core. Your request should be succinct (less than 250 words) and document the importance of attending the requested meeting/workshop. Please aldo include the entire budget for travel/registration, etc. Please send your proposals to Jackie Broughton.

**See the for more information**

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