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February 2015


February 2015

Title: New Methods in 21st Century Exposure Science Kick Off Meeting
Date: February 3 - 4, 2015
Location: Research Triangle Park, NC and Online Webinar

EPA brings together the five New Methods in 21st Century Exposure Science grantees. The research focuses on finding innovative technology to characterize the presence and co-occurrence of chemicals in indoor environments from consumer products. This research looks at developing data that can be used for model predication, and develop technology for future exposure modeling for chemical profiling and biological pathways, with consumer products.

For more details on the STAR grants, see: New Methods in 21st Century Exposure Science


Intaek Hahn (hahn.intaek@epa.gov); 703-347-8079

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Title: EPA/NIEHS Children's Centers 2015 Webinar Series
Date: February 11, 2015 (Postponed from December 2014)
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EST
Location: Webinar

Join us for this month's webinar. The webinar features presentations and interactive discussions including recent findings and new developments in children’s environmental health.

The Role of Environmental Exposure in Childhood Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome and Neurobehavioral Abnormalities

The causes of the childhood epidemics of neurodevelopmental disorders, obesity and its metabolic consequences, including diabetes, are not well understood. Emerging evidence suggests that exposure to common environmental chemicals, prenatally and across the course of childhood, may contribute to these outcomes. Investigators from the Children’s Environmental Health Centers will present new results on associations of ambient air pollutants, metals and endocrine disrupting chemicals with obesity and metabolic disease, and will describe potential biological pathways explaining these effects. Endocrine disrupting chemicals may target multiple organ systems, including neurobehavioral abnormalities also under study in Children’s Center cohorts.

**The registration link for the webinar will be posted on this page when it is available.**

Featured Speakers:

Prenatal Exposures to Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH) and Childhood BMI Trajectories
Columbia University

Andrew Rundle
Andrew Rundle
Dr. Rundle will present recent findings from the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health's research on the effects of prenatal PAH exposures on children's individual growth curves and will discuss latent classes of growth curves that are associated with PAH exposure.

Metals, EDCs and Biomarkers of Metabolic Syndrome Risk in Adolescence
University of Michigan

Karen Peterson
Karen Peterson

Exposure to metals and EDCs during pregnancy and childhood can affect metabolic syndrome risk in adolescence. Use of new technologies, such as, metabolomics biomarkers may enhance our ability to understand pathways by which toxicants lead to metabolic syndrome.

Impact of Adolescent Exposure to BPA and Phthalates on Neurobehavior
Harvard University

Susan A. Korrick
Susan A. Korrick

There is limited, if any, epidemiologic research on the impact of adolescent exposure to phenols and phthalates on adolescent neurobehavior despite likely increased susceptibility to such exposures in this age group. In this pilot study, we assessed this relationship and demonstrated preliminary support for hypothesized associations of adolescent BPA or phthalate exposures with adverse neurobehavior.

Discussion Moderator
University of Michigan

Vasantha Padmanabhan
Vasantha Padmanabhan


Richard Callan (callan.richard@epa.gov); 703-347-8051
Nica Louie (louie.nica@epa.gov); 703-347-8125

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Title: Cookstove Research Meeting
Date: February 25, 2015: 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
February 26, 2015: 8:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: EPA at Research Triangle Park, NC and Online Webinar

Please join us for a STAR research kickoff meeting on research projects on the impacts on air quality and climate from residential cooking, heating, or lighting.  STAR grantees and EPA scientists will discuss progress on their projects which aim to quantify the extent to which interventions for cleaner cooking, heating, or lighting can impact air quality and climate, which in turn affect human health and welfare.

For more details on the STAR grants, see: Measurements and Modeling for Quantifying Air Quality and Climatic Impacts of Residential Biomass or Coal Combustion for Cooking, Heating and Lighting


Michael Hiscock (Hiscock.michael@epa.gov); 703-347-0258

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Agenda: TBD
Additional Info: Save the Date Flyer (PDF) (1 pg, 8.35 MB)

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