Studies have shown that perinatal exposure of rats and mice to common flame retardants found in household items permanently reprograms liver metabolism, often leading later in life to insulin resistance and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Now, research led by Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Alexander Suvorov, with co-authors in Moscow, Russia, has identified the likely mechanism responsible for the pollutant’s effect: an altered liver epigenome.
Philip Nasca, 77, former Professor and Chair of the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Dean of the School of Public Health at the University at Albany-SUNY, passed away unexpectedly on December 6.
Daniel Goldstein, lecturer in the Department of Health Promotion and Policy, recently presented his vision of public health ethics to the public health affinity group at the annual meeting of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities.
Laura Vandenberg, Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, has been recognized for being among the world’s most highly cited researchers in 2019 by London-based Clarivate Analytics, owner of the Web of Science.
A group of Kinesiology department members came together to undertake the "Eliud Kipchoge Challenge." Inspired by the Kenyan distance runner Eliud Kipchoge, who broke the fabled two-hour marathon barrier in Vienna this past October in the Ineos159 Challenge, the team took turns matching Kipchoge's 13.1 MPH pace on the treadmill.
Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Alicia Timme-Laragy, a developmental toxicologist with expertise in how early life exposures to pollutants affect health, recently hosted a workshop for elected officials and candidates on the health risks associated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemicals. “PFAS 101: Current Research and Health Risks” brought staff representing a number of state representatives and senators, Westfield City Councilors, and staffers from Senator Warren and Senator Markey's office to campus to introduce legislators to the current state of research and raise awareness of the health risks associated with PFAS chemicals.
Today’s society is remarkable in so many ways, with rapid technological advances and scientific breakthroughs seemingly happening every day, and yet, it also is marked by an increasing polarization that is driving us apart. We see this polarization happening on national and international stages, as well as here in our communities and on our campus.
Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Richard Pilsner was recently interviewed for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences’ podcast series “Environmental Health Chats.”
Environmental Health Sciences doctoral student Monika Roy recently received a three-year, $114,072 F31 Predoctoral Fellowship Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to investigate the liver toxicity potential of PCB-11.
Health Promotion and Policy faculty members Airin Martinez and Susan Shaw have been selected to receive a Public Service Endowment Grant for their work combating obesity in a Western Massachusetts community.
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