Funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), the new Center will be led by Directors Rebecca Simmons, MD, and Aimin Chen, MD, PhD, and Deputy Director Marilyn Howarth, MD. The mission of the PRCCEH is to disseminate children’s environmental health knowledge to health care providers, community members, and policy makers, to develop, test and implement new translational products, and to engage researchers and community partners to make policy, practice, and behavioral changes to reduce environmental exposures in early life. Read More
Joseph Romano, PhD, a postdoctoral researcher affiliated with the CEET, shared his work to advance toxicological research through artificial intelligence in a new Early-stage Investigator (ESI) Spotlight Webinar Series launched by the NIEHS Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) Core Centers Program. For more information, click the link below:
Lea, a 10th grade student who during the summer of 2019, was granted the opportunity to conduct research through the CEET’s Teen Research and Education in Environmental Science (TREES) program, won the Presidential Award for research focused on “Effective Repeated Filtration of Amoxicillin from Wastewater Using Activated Charcoal Filters”. For more information, click the link below.
Dr. Marilyn Howarth, Director of the CEET’s Community Engagement Core, talks about the closing of the South Philadelphia refinery and its impact on air quality and health. Copy and paste the link below for more info.
As a part of the CEET’s monthly seminar series, Dr. Bethany Wiggin, Founding Faculty Director, Penn Program in Environmental Humanities, recently presented on connections between environmental humanities, public health, and toxicology. Copy and paste the link to find out more.
Dr. Marilyn Howarth, Director of the Community Engagement Core for the CEET, recently spoke at the Futures Beyond Refining Event, coordinated by the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities. The focus of the program was to bring together stakeholders who have the common goal of making the South Philadelphia community which surrounds the oil refinery site clean and healthy for residents. Copy and paste the link below to find out more about the event and to hear Dr. Howarth’s presentation.
Dr. Ian Blair, who is the Vice Chair of Pharmacology at the University of Pennsylvania and also head’s the Environmental Exposures and Cancer Thematic Area for the CEET, was recently featured on NBC Philadelphia for his work on asbestos detection and testing. Dr. Blair’s research focuses on how blood tests can be used to detect if a person has been exposed to asbestos and the probability that they will be diagnosed with cancer, years in the future. For more information and to view the actual television segment, click the link below.
Penn Almanac * April 23, 2019 * vol 65 * Issue 32
The Division of Chemical Toxicology of the American Chemical Society (ACS) has given Trevor Penning, the Thelma Brown and Henry Charles Molinoff Professor of Pharmacology and the director of the Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology, the 2019 Founders’ Award. Dr. Penning will be honored at the ACS annual meeting in San Diego in August with a symposium in his honor.
He is also a professor of biochemistry and biophysics and of obstetrics/gynecology. Dr. Penning has performed research in the areas of chemical toxicology and environmental science with over 500 publications. He studies the role of aldo-keto reductases (AKR) in hormone biosynthesis as it relates to prostate and breast cancer, as well as the development of inhibitors for AKR enzymes as chemical probes and therapeutics.
Dr. Penning is cited for providing outstanding and sustained service to the ACS for his many professional volunteer positions, such as chair of chemical toxicology division, a member of the executive committee and an ACS symposium organizer and regular speaker. He has also been a member of the Cancer Etiology Study Section at the National Institutes of Health and a senior editor for Cancer Research for Population and Prevention Science, as well as a member of two working groups at the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which re-assessed the cancer-causing properties of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and diesel exhaust.
The CEET has been awarded two administrative supplements from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The supplements are intended to provide funds to P30 Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers to enhance interactions across Centers to address emerging issues and to advance research, translational research, and community engagement.
John Essigman, PhD (MIT- Lead Institution) and Trevor Penning, PhD, and Ian Blair, PhD (CEET)
HMGB1 as Early Onset Biomarkers of Stress Response to Toxicants
Trevor Penning, PhD and Sara Pinney, MD, MS (CEET – University of Pennsylvania, Lead Institution) and Drs. Shuk-Mei Ho, Lueng and Ouyang (University of Cincinnati)
Gestational Exposure to PFOA and the Development of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in the Offspring