Joe Mangano of the Radiation and Public Health Project is cataloging baby teeth for Project 1. The teeth were originally collected as part of a 1958-1970 study by Washington University in St. Louis, which measured build-up of radioactivity from above-ground atomic bomb test fallout. Project 1 will look at level of metals in the teeth and will re-contact the teeth donors for cognitive evaluation.
Felicitas Bidlack of the Forsyth Institute (leaders in dental and craniofacial research) works with Project 1 on preparation and analysis of the baby teeth samples collected in the 1950s-1970s as part of the St. Louis Baby Tooth study.
Laura Germine at McLean Hospital's Laboratory for Brain and Cognitive Health Technology and the McLean Institute for Techology in Psychiatry is developing innovative web-based tools for measuring cognition in Project 1.
Project 1's quantification of metals in baby teeth samples are being conducted by Brian Jackson's Trace Element Analysis Core at Dartmouth using laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS).
Our Center is based that the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health where the labs of Marc Weisskopf and David Christiani (Project 1), Quan Lu (Project 2), and Tamarra James-Todd (Community Engagement Core) are located in the Department of Environmental Health. The Research Experience and Training Cordination Core (Susan Korrick) and the Administrative (Quan Lu) and Research Translation Core (Trina von Stackelberg) are also based in the Department of Environmental Health. Brent Coull and Xihong Lin's groups (Data Management and Analysis Core) are in the Department of Biostatistics.
Elsie Sunderland's Biogeochemistry of Global Contaminants lab at the Harvard SEAS is the home of MEMCARE-SRC's Project 3. Dr. Sunderland's lab develops and evaluates environmental models of and factors controlling spatial and temporal variability in trace metals and organic chemicals. Chemical analysis of water samples for Project 3 will also be conducted at Harvard SEAS.
Our Center is funded by the National Institutes of Health(NIH)/National Institute of Environmental Health's (NIEHS) Hazardous Substance Basic Research and Training Program (aka the Superfund Research Program) grant number P42ES030990. The Superfund Research Program (SRP) provides practical, scientific solutions to protect health, the environment, and communities. The SRP funds university-based grants to study basic biological, environmental, and engineering processes to find real and practical solutions to exposures to hazardous substances.
Julie Zimmerman's lab is in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science. Dr. Zimmerman is the MEMCARE-SRC Deputy Director and leader of Project 4, which is developing more selective and safer nanomaterials for water treatment.
ASU collaborators on Project 4 are Paul Westerhoff's lab in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment and Chris Muhich's lab in the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy. Dr. Westerhoff focuses on the safe use of nanomaterial-based technologies for water treatment. Dr. Muhich uses computational and experimental techniques to study environmentally relevant metal oxide reactions.