CONTACT: DEBRA VENZKE
UI COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Release: July 16, 2002
UI researchers receive $130,000 to study environmental health
University of Iowa investigators have been awarded a total of $130,000 in
pilot grants by the UI Environmental Health Sciences Research Center (EHSRC)
to conduct innovative environmental health-related research.
The EHSRC, funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences,
annually awards pilot project grants to enhance and promote training in the
environmental health sciences. The pilot grant program is open to all UI researchers
interested in environmental health, with priority given to junior investigators.
"One of the goals of the pilot grant program is to help advance the
careers of talented junior investigators by nurturing innovative ideas and
creating opportunities for further grant support and publication," said
Peter Thorne, Ph.D., EHSRC director and UI professor of occupational and environmental
Three grant programs are available to applicants: environmental health research,
community-based participatory research and international environmental health
research. International programs are funded up to $10,000 and other program
categories are funded up to $20,000. In some cases additional funds may be
available if the pilot grant recipients use EHSRC facilities to provide support
services and expertise.
Following are the 2002 grant recipients and the titles of their research
Bryan Boulanger, graduate student; Jerald Schnoor, Ph.D., professor
of civil and environmental engineering; and Keri Hornbuckle, Ph.D., associate
professor of civil and environmental engineering; "Environmental Exposure
Assessment of Perfluorooctane Sulfonate in Various Environmental Matrices."
Caroline George, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics; Katarina
Kulhankova, M.D., research assistant, occupational and environmental health;
and Peter Thorne, Ph.D., professor of occupational and environmental health;
"Effects of Early Life Endotoxin Inhalation on Murine Hyperresponsiveness
Brad Lester, graduate student; Peter Thorne, Ph.D., professor of occupational
and environmental health; Aaron Peck, graduate student; Keri Hornbuckle, Ph.D.,
associate professor of civil and environmental engineering; Kelley Donham,
D.V.M., professor of occupational and environmental health; Patrick O'Shaughnessy,
Ph.D., assistant professor of occupational and environmental health; and David
Osterberg, associate professor of occupational and environmental health; "Ambient
Air Quality in the Vicinity of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations."
Shannon Marquez, Ph.D., assistant professor of occupational and environmental
health; Ousman Sowe, The Gambia College School of Public Health; and D.M.B.
Jagne, The Gambia College School of Public Health; "Application of an
RA/GIS Methodology to Evaluate Sanitary Risk Factors and Water-Related Diseases
(The Gambia, West Africa)."
Leslie Dennis, Ph.D., assistant professor of epidemiology; Linda Snetselaar.
Ph.D., associate professor of epidemiology; and Peter Thorne, Ph.D., professor
of occupational and environmental health; "Understanding Selenium Levels
in Iowa and Their Association with Prostate Cancer."
Catherine Woodman, M.D., associate professor of psychiatry; Greg Couser,
M.D., medical resident; and Donald Black, M.D., professor of psychiatry; "Association
Between Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and Anxiety Disorders."
Sigurdur Sigurdarson, M.D., pulmonary fellow, internal medicine; Joel
Kline, M.D., associate professor of internal medicine; and Patrick O'Shaughnessy,
Ph.D., assistant professor of occupational and environmental health; "Exposure
of Grain Dust and Ammonia to Asthmatic Subjects: A Concentrated Animal Feeding
Operations (CAFO) Model."
The EHSRC provides expertise and core facilities to promote environmental
health research at the UI. The center interacts with other environmental health
research units at the UI, including the Center for Health Effects of Environmental
Contamination, the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research,
and the University Hygienic Laboratory. The center is based in the UI College
of Public Health Department of Occupational and Environmental Health and includes
faculty from the UI Colleges of Public Health, Medicine and Engineering.