Tomorrow is the final day to submit an abstract for the 32nd Annual Conference of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE), which GW is hosting on August 23 – 27. The conference will convene international environmental scientists, epidemiologists, students and health professionals. Through keynote, symposia and poster presentations, attendees will highlight the latest research on climate change, air pollution, chemicals in food and water, and other exposures that impact the public’s health. Please click here to submit an abstract for the conference. For further information, please visit isee2020dc.org
Associate Professor Ami Zota and two of her research staffers, Ruth Geller (now at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston) and Research Associate Brianna VanNoy are the first three authors of the first research paper to examine the influence of phthalates on miRNA expression in fibroid tumors. Published in Epigenetic Insights, their work presents results from the Fibroids, Observational Research on Genes and the Environment (FORGE) study conducted in collaboration with George Washington University (GW) Medical Faculty Associates.
The study recruited women who were seeking care for symptomatic fibroids and intending to undergo surgical management at GW Hospital from 2014-2017. In this preliminary, cross-sectional study, Zota and her colleagues evaluated associations between miRNA levels in tissues from surgically removed fibroids and phthalate biomarkers. They were able to identify mRNA gene targets of phthalate-associated miRNAs that were significantly associated with multiple fibroid-related processes including angiogenesis, apoptosis, and proliferation of connective tissues, and they found that certain phthalates-miRNA associations varied by race/ethnicity. The next step is for their findings to be validated, Zota and her colleagues say.
Associate Professor Susan Anenberg was elected Secretary of the American Geophysical Union’s GeoHealth section. Anenberg has been serving as an editor of the AGU’s GeoHealth journal since 2018. The GeoHealth section addresses issues across the intersections of the Earth and environmental sciences, such as the impacts of global change on human and agricultural health and disease and ecosystem health and services. The wide variety of global and local issues tracked include air pollution; use, impact and environmental persistence of herbicides and pesticides; radiation and health; water pollution; and geomedicine.
Associate Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health and of Global Health Susan Anenberg’s research group was awarded a two-year grant of $125,000 from the nonprofit independent research organization the Health Effects Institute. Anenberg’s group is using the funding to incorporate traffic-related air pollution impacts on pediatric asthma incidence into the Global Burden of Disease study.
Professor David Michaels is the author of a new book, The Triumph of Doubt: Dark Money and the Science of Deception. Published by Oxford Univ. Press, it has received rave reviews. Science magazine called it “A tour de force”, and Nature described it as “a brave and important book.” In addition, Boston Review published an excerpt, as did Environmental Health News and Michaels was interviewed about the book in the Daily Mail, the Chronicle of Higher Education, E&E News, and Salon.
Professor and Chair Melissa Perry is the senior author of a publication in American Journal of Men’s Health coauthored with a team of students and researchers in her laboratory. EOH Research Associate Nathan McCray, MPH, an alumnus of the program, is the first author of the paper, “Talking About Public Health With African American Men: Perceptions of Environmental Health and Infertility.” The qualitative study originated as part of the culminating experience project of Lance Thompson, and the work presents the findings from focus groups of urban African American men recruited from street- and internet-based advertisements in Washington, DC. Participants were asked for their perspectives on their environment, reproductive health and fertility, and factors that would influence their participation in public health research.
EOH Professor and Chair Melissa Perry is the author of a blog making a compelling case for why more women should be in leadership roles in schools of public health. As she explains, overall trends in women’s executive leadership in academic public health have not kept pace with the increasing number of women students in schools of public health. Perry is a current fellow in the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine fellowship program based at Drexel University. Her post is part of ELAM’s regular Blog on women leaders in academic medicine and health.
Professor Lance B. Price and the work of the Milken Institute SPH Antibiotic Resistance Action Center (ARAC) that he directs were featured on a recent episode of the acclaimed CBS news program “60 Minutes.” The segment focused on the overuse and misuse of antibiotics in food animal production and how this contributes to the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria. Price and ARAC study methods to mitigate antibiotic resistance, which is a growing public health threat. ARAC’s research into the prevalence of antibiotics in the food supply also was discussed in the segment.
Click here to watch Price’s full interview with “60 Minutes.”
Pei-Ying Chang Kobres (’18), published the systematic review she wrote for her practicum in the PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. She is the first author of “A systematic review and evaluation of Zika virus forecasting and prediction research during a public health emergency of international concern.” Kobres is currently in her first year at the Georgetown University School of Medicine.
Professor Lance Price, the founding director of GW’s Antibiotic Resistance Action Center (ARAC), and Professor Cindy Liu, ARAC’s chief medical officer, are two of the leaders of an interdisciplinary consortium that has formed to study antimicrobial resistance in Iceland. Price and Liu and their colleagues at Landspitali, the National University Hospital of Iceland, which is jointly leading the project with ARAC, consider the country to be a unique and ideal location to study this growing public health threat. The consortium also includes the Experimental Institute at Keldur, MATÍS, and the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority, and the researchers will undertake a national scale One Health study to advance our understanding of how antimicrobial-resistant bacteria from environmental sources, such as food and food animals, could impact human health. Learnis one of the leaders of an interdisciplinary consortium that has formed to study antimicrobial resistance in Iceland. Price and his colleagues at Landspitali, the National University Hospital of Iceland, which is jointly leading the project with ARAC, consider the country to be a unique and ideal location to study this growing public health threat. The consortium also includes the Experimental Institute at Keldur, MATÍS, and the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority, and the researchers will undertake a national scale One Health study to advance our understanding of how antimicrobial-resistant bacteria from environmental sources, such as food and food animals, could impact human health. Learn more