April 2007

Air Pollution Survey
WMOA, 630 AM—8:30 a.m., Sunday, April 29, 2007Tune into WMOA Sunday at 8:30 a.m. to learn more about a community air pollution survey and ongoing metal exposures research being conducted in the Mid-Ohio Valley.
The news report will feature
Erin Haynes, DrPH, Department of Environmental Health.

Lead Exposed Kids' Muscle Problems Studied
United Press International—April 26, 2007
Article featuring Amit Bhattacharya, PhD, Department of Environmental Health
University of Cincinnati researchers led by Amit Bhattacharya found children treated with succimer chelation therapy showed a 19 percent improvement in their ability to perform moving tasks such as crossing an obstacle or walking, than did those not receiving treatment. [This article appeared in more than 5 other media outlets.]

What You Need to Know About Asthma
Dayton Daily News—April 23, 2007
Article featuring Michael Borchers, PhD, Department of Environmental Health
The University of Cincinnati is undergoing a $2.4 million study of how sustained exposure to air pollution exacerbates lung disease. The immune system handles short-term damage by destroying a person's damaged tissue, so healthy tissue can take its place, but UC researchers suspect the process backfires with long-term exposure. "When the lungs experience chronic, low-level damage, we believe at some point that damage exceeds the body's natural ability to repair tissue," lead researcher Michael Borchers said.

Environmental Links to Breast Cancer to Be Discussed at May 12 Program UC's Breast Cancer & the Environment Research Center (BCERC), one of only four National Institutes of Health centers of its kind in the country, will be sponsoring its third annual public forum on May 12. "Looking Upstream for Environmental Links to Breast Cancer" will run from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at UC's Genome Research Institute.

Lead-'Scrubbing' Drug May Also Improve Muscle Function in Lead-Exposed Children UC environmental health researchers led by Amit Bhattacharya say a therapy commonly used to remove dangerously high levels of lead from the body may also improve muscle functions associated with postural balance and movement in lead-exposed children.

UPI: UC Lead Study Shows Benefits of Chelation for Lead-exposed Children
A story that ran on the United Press International wire service details a study led by UC's Amit Bhattacharya that shows positive results in muscle function for lead-exposed children who undergo chelation therapy.

Lead Leaves Lethal Legacy
The Columbus Plain Dealer—April 13, 2007
Article featuring Kim Dietrich, PhD, Department of Environmental Health
Dietrich cited long-term studies demonstrating that lead-poisoned children not only have lower IQs, delays in language development and attention deficit disorders, they are more likely to become criminals.

Mid-Ohio Valley Residents Needed for Air Pollution Survey UC environmental health researchers are asking residents of the Mid-Ohio Valley to share their concerns and opinions about pollution and air quality in their region through an anonymous survey.

Pilot Research Training Program Offers Grants
The UC Environmental Health Department's Education and Research Center (ERC) is accepting applications for research-project funding through the Pilot Research Training Program (PRP). The PRP is a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) initiative that offers financial support to young investigators with promising research ideas. The ERC teaches young professionals the skills necessary for pursuing occupational safety and health careers. A key focus of the center is its interdisciplinary collaboration between students in the colleges of engineering, nursing and medicine. This year, NIOSH will award about $84,000 for projects related to occupational and environmental health and safety issues conducted through July 2007. Applications must be submitted by Monday, May 7, at 4 p.m. For more information, contact Amber Twitty at amber.twitty@uc.edu or (513) 558-5710.

Rao Elected to Honorary Fellowship
Marepalli Rao, PhD, a professor in environmental health, has been elected a fellow of the International Statistical Institute. Founded in 1885, the institute is one of the oldest scientific organizations in the world and has members from 133 countries. Rao is the only fellow from UC. For more information, visit isi.cbs.nl/.

Daniel Nebert, MD, professor of environmental health, has been appointed for a three-year term to the external review panel of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Research Training Fellowships for Medical Students. Each February the panel receives more than 200 applications from second- and third-year medical students and selects 50–60 to receive funds to spend one year of their medical school curriculum doing basic research. The program, which began in 1989, is designed to encourage medical students to participate in basic and translational medical research. For more information, visit hhmi.org