Monthly Archives: September 2017

Seminar: Friday, Sept. 29, Andrea Baccarelli, MD, PhD

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On Friday, September 29, at 12:00 pm in Environment Hall’s Field Auditorium, Dr. Andrea Baccarelli will present a talk entitled “Mitochondriomics and Epigenetics in Human Air Pollution Studies – New Findings and Methodological Challenges.” Dr. Baccarelli serves as the Environmental Health Sciences Department Chair and the Director of the Laboratory of Precision Environmental Biosciences at Columbia University. His research explores epigenetic and molecular mechanisms as potential functional pathways linking exposures to environmental pollutants to human disease.

Please see the abstract for his talk below:

The amount of scientific research linking environmental exposures and human health outcomes continues to grow; yet few studies have teased out the mechanisms involved in environmentally-induced diseases. Cells can respond to environmental stressors in many ways: inducing oxidative stress/inflammation, changes in energy production and epigenetic alterations. Mitochondria, tiny organelles that each retains their own DNA, are exquisitely sensitive to environmental insults and are thought to be central players in these pathways. While it is intuitive that mitochondria play an important role in disease processes, given that every cell of our body is dependent on energy metabolism, it is less clear how environmental exposures impact mitochondrial mechanisms that may lead to enhanced risk of disease. My presentation will highlight (i) the importance of exploring environmental mitochondriomics in environmental health sciences, (ii) why environmental mitochondriomics is well suited to biomarker development in this context, and (iii) how molecular and epigenetic changes in mitochondria and mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) may reflect exposures linked to human health outcomes.

Friday, Sept. 22 – Duke University Superfund Research Center Fall Symposium

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Join us on Friday, September 22! A Superfund-themed symposium will be held in Environment Hall on Duke University’s West Campus from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Bill Suk, PhD, Director of the Superfund Research Program at NIEHS, will give a keynote lecture to start the day. Investigators from each of the Duke Superfund Center’s research projects and support cores will provide an overview of their work, and trainees will present research highlights during the afternoon session.  

Please RSVP here. Please park in the Bryan Center – parking passes will be given during the symposium.


Kickoff: Duke University Superfund Research Center (SRC)

Fall 2017 Symposium: hosted by the Duke University Program in Environmental Health

Field Auditorium, Environment Hall, Duke University West Campus

8:30 – 9:00 am                       Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 9:15 am                        Welcome and Introductions, Dr. Heather Stapleton, Deputy Director, Duke University SRC

9:15 – 10:00 am                      Keynote: History of the Superfund Program, Dr. Bill Suk, Director, NIEHS Superfund Research Program

10:00 – 10:20 am                    History and Highlights of the Duke University SRC, Dr. Rich Di Giulio, Director, Duke University SRC

10:20 – 10:35 am                    Coffee Break

10:35 am – 12:30 pm              Overview of Center: PI speed talks (7 minutes + 3 for questions)

  • Project 2: Dr. Seth Kullman
  • Project 3: Dr. Joel Meyer
  • Project 4: Dr. Dave Hinton
  • Project 1: Dr. Ed Levin
  • Neural and Behavioral Toxicity Assessment Core: Dr. Ed Levin
  • Analytical Chemistry Core: Dr. Lee Ferguson
  • Research Translation Core: Bryan Luukinen
  • Community Engagement Core: Dr. Liz Shapiro-Garza and Catherine Kastleman
  • Training Core: Dr. Joel Meyer
  • Project 5: Dr. Claudia Gunsch

12:30 – 1:45 pm                      Lunch (provided)

1:45 – 3:45 pm                        Trainee Speed Talks – Topically Organized (17 minutes + 3 for questions)

  • Savannah Volkoff (Project 5)
  • Dr. Erin Kollitz (Project 2)
  • Jordan Kozal (Project 4)
  • Casey Lindberg (Project 4)
  • Dr. Jessica Hartman (Project 3)
  • Dr. Andrew Hawkey (Project 1)

3:45 – 4:30 pm                        Discussion: Promoting Collaborations

What opportunities are we missing? What help/resources (other projects, cores, etc.) would we each like to advance our research?

UPEH Admission Application Open Now!

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The UPEH Application is now available online at The Duke Graduate School website! The deadline is December 8 (listed under “Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health”) for Fall 2018 admission. Please go here for more information about the application process. If you have specific questions, please email Sarah Phillips.

Friday, Sept. 8 UPEH Seminar – “Translating Science and Engaging Communities: Overview and Trainee Opportunities”

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Charlotte Clark, PhD, and Elizabeth Shapiro-Garza, PhD, the directors of the Duke University Superfund Research Center’s Research Translation Core (RTC) and Community Engagement Core (CEC), respectively, will present an overview of the goals and current research projects of the RTC and the newly-established CEC, with a focus on how trainees and investigators can get involved in these efforts. RTC and CEC staff Bryan Luukinen and Catherine Kastleman will also present and lead a discussion session with trainees following the session.

We will meet in Field Auditorium (EH 1112) and will provide lunch, beginning at 12:00 p.m.