By Catherine Kastleman, Program Coordinator, Research Translation Core Here’s some good news: as of 2014, over half of all participants in clinical trials funded by the NIH are female, whereas in the past females have been largely under-represented in such trials. Due to the increased enrollment of women in recent years, scientists are beginning […]

ITEHP Symposium Highlights Sex Differences in Developmental Neurotoxic Effects


The Duke Superfund Research Translation Core video series highlights the work of our researchers. Our first video features postdoctoral researcher Nishad Jayasundara, Ph.D. Dr. Jayasundara has been a researcher at Duke since 2012, working in Dr. Di Giulio’s lab as a member of Project 3: PAH Exposures and Development. His […]

Meet Superfund Trainee Nishad Jayasundara!


      By Gina Daniel, MEM Assistant, Research Translation Core   Research by Duke Superfund Research Center investigators Theodore Slotkin, Richard Di Giulio, and Frederic J. Seidler was featured as this month’s Superfund Research Program Current Research Brief by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The study, “In […]

NIEHS Features Research on Developmental Neurotoxicity of PAH Mixtures in ...



By Gina Daniel, MEM Assistant, Research Translation Core, Duke Superfund Research Center   Fishing is a common pastime in North Carolina, and while most fish are safe to eat, some fish are contaminated with dangerous compounds such as mercury and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Consumption of these contaminated fish can lead […]

Fishing for Environmental Justice in the Northeast Cape Fear River


Community gardens can be a source of healthy food, exercise, and connections to nature and each other. But contaminants –chemical substances that can cause harm to human health—are sometimes found in soil at garden sites and may present health risks, especially for vulnerable populations like children and pregnant women.   […]

Helping Gardeners Understand and Reduce Exposure to Soil Contaminants


  By Bryan Luukinen, Senior Program Coordinator, Research Translation and Community Engagement   Alexis Wells Carpenter and her team at AxNano are looking for the Holy Grail of environmental remediation: a way to trap persistent environmental contaminants where they sit and rapidly break them down.   Dr. Carpenter is Chief […]

Former Trainee Works to Develop Improved Remediation Technologies