Upcoming NIEHS Workshops and Webinars

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At the Crossroads of Exposures, Microbiome, and the Nervous System

September 22 – 23, 2021 • 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST

This is the second in a series of NIEHS cross-divisional workshops on the microbiome. This specific event focuses on the interaction among environmental exposures, the human microbiome, and neurological outcomes. Speakers from academic, government, and non-profit institutions were invited to address different aspects of this juncture of research in five distinct sessions that are outlined in the Agenda. Afternoon breakout sessions with panel discussions will be hosted to further expand upon the themes of day 1 (gut-brain across the lifespan), and day 2 (impact of diet and exposures). Topics to be explored include, but are not limited to: the developing microbiome, aging, novel technologies, strategies for intervention, the role of nutrition, and the importance of considering environmental exposures. Breakout sessions will facilitate participant interaction to address these key questions and identify critical gaps in this field of research. Any researchers active in the fields of neurology, microbiome, and environmental exposures are encouraged to register.

The workshop is free and open to the public. Plenary talks, speaker sessions, and breakout sessions will be webcast and the synopsis of the first day's meeting will be held the morning of the second day. See the Agenda.

This workshop is hosted by the NIEHS Microbiome Faculty and Faculty for Advancing Neuroscience.

Meeting Location: Virtual Meeting on Zoom

Registration: https://nih.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItce6prz8uGPWnp1w3Z091HddywhXGdMY

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American Disabilities Act Accommodations Requests

Individuals with disabilities who need accommodation to participate in these events should contact Devan Smith-Brown. TTY users should contact the Federal TTY Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Requests should be made at least 5 business days in advance of the event.


For questions that can't be answered by the content of this website, please contact Anika Dzierlenga, Ph.D. (Chair), or Vicki Sutherland, Ph.D. (Co-chair).


NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) Risk e-Learning Webinar Series

This webinar series focuses on strategies to communicate potential environmental health risks to reduce exposures and improve health.

The four-part series will showcase effective risk communication strategies and how they have been tailored to the needs of diverse communities. Presentations will also highlight first-hand experiences designing risk communication messages and campaigns, evaluating impact, and adapting communication strategies for different populations. The webinar series builds on the SRP Risk Communication workshop held in June. A meeting report and resources from the June workshop will be posted soon.

The webinars are free and open to the public. Registration is now open for all four sessions! More information, including presentation descriptions, will be available soon.

Session I - Designing and Tailoring Messages

Friday, September 24, 2021, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM EDT

The first session focuses on designing and tailoring messages to better communicate risks to vulnerable communities. Presenters will discuss how they have worked with communities and other stakeholders to develop targeted messages and create effective communication tools.

This session will feature Maida Galvez, M.D., and Joseph Wilson, M.H.S., from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Esther Erdei, Ph.D., from the University of New Mexico SRP Center, and Rachel Morello-Frosch, Ph.D., from the University of California, Berkeley SRP Center.

Session II - Combatting Misinformation and Mistrust When Communicating Health Risks

Friday, October 8, 2021, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM EDT

In the second session, presenters will describe research on designing and framing communication messages so that they are sensitive to the cultural and social context of communities. These efforts aim to combat misinformation and mistrust when communicating health and environmental risks.

This session will feature Wen-Ying Sylvia Chou, Ph.D., from the National Cancer Institute, James Dearing, Ph.D., from the Michigan State University SRP Center, and Karletta Chief, Ph.D., from the University of Arizona SRP Center.

Session III - Engaging Communities and Tailoring Messages to Advance Equity and Justice

Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM EDT

In the third session, presenters will discuss how they have engaged and communicated with underserved and vulnerable communities and developed strategies to tailor messages to these communities so they can participate and use the information equitably.

This session will feature Louie Rivers, Ph.D., from North Carolina State University, Sharon Croisant, Ph.D., from the University of Texas Medical Branch and the Baylor College of Medicine SRP Center, and Al Richmond, M.S.W., from Community-Campus Partnerships for Health.

Session IV - Communication Toolkits to Communicate Environmental Risks

Friday, October 22, 2021, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM EDT

The fourth and final session will feature work by SRP-funded researchers who are translating research into communication tools and tailoring them for specific community needs. These specialized tools communicate health risks and increase environmental health literacy.

This session will feature BJ Cummings, M.A., and Lisa Hayward Watts, Ph.D., from the University of Washington SRP Center, Julia Brody, Ph.D., from Silent Spring Institute and the Northeastern University SRP Center, Phil Brown, Ph.D., from the Northeastern University SRP Center, and Kathleen Gray, Ph.D., from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill SRP Center.


NIH-EPA Environmental Health Disparities Research Webinar Series

Moderator: Melissa Smarr, Ph.D., Health Scientist Administrator, Population Health Branch, NIEHS

Register: https://nih.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_DIqWSNlrQr2LOQAwJzStzg


3:00-3:05 p.m.  Introduction of Moderator 

3:05-3:15 p.m. Exploring Metals Exposure to Advance Native American Health Equity: Overview & Opening Remarks

Presenter: Ana Navas-Acien, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Vice-Chair of Research, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

3:15-3:30 p.m.  Determination of Immunotoxicity From Environmental Metal Exposures

Center Affiliation: Center for Native American Environmental Health Equity Research

Presenter: Jodi R. Schilz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico

3:30-3:45 p.m.  Characterization of Unregulated Watering Wells in the Tsétah Area and Surrounding Communities and the Further Development of Metal Selective Composites as Potential Remedies

Center Affiliation: Center for Native American Environmental Health Equity Research

Presenter: Ranalda L. Tsosie, Ph.D., (Diné), NSF EAR Postdoctoral Fellow, Research Faculty, Montana State University

3:45-4:00 p.m.  Effect of Water Chemistry and Fungi-plant Symbiosis on Arsenic Uptake and Toxicity

Center Affiliation: Center for Native American Environmental Health Equity Research

Presenter: Cherie DeVore, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University

4:00-4:25 p.m.  Moderated Discussion / Audience Q&A

4:25-4:30 p.m.  Closing Remarks

Forthcoming Presentations

Topics are TBD

  • October 25, 2021
  • November 22, 2021

American Disabilities Act Accommodations Requests

Individuals with disabilities who need accommodations to participate in this meeting should contact Liam O'Fallon. Requests should be made at least 5 business days in advance of the event. TTY users dial 711, which will send callers to the free, state-provided TTY service.


Workshop on Extracellular Vesicles, Exosomes, and Cell-cell Signaling in Response to Environmental Stress

September 27-28, 2021

Virtual Workshop on Zoom

Registration: https://nih.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJIscu6sqD8jGrrMKwopokuBYMekXM3oLW8

Agenda: https://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/events/extracellular-vesicles/extracellularvesicles_agenda.pdf

Workshop Purpose

Extracellular vesicles (EVs), encompassing a range of sizes and functions, are a key means of communication between cells in the same tissue and between organs. Exosomes are a type of extracellular vesicle that carry a range of types of “cargo”, including small RNAs, mRNA, and proteins for signaling between cells under normal conditions, but also under stress or disease conditions. Shuttling of cargo produced in one tissue can reach distant cells or tissues and exert systemic effects. The study of exosomes and extracellular signaling is a significant focus of current study, for fundamental biological research, the discovery of new biomarkers, and for therapeutic applications. Although there have been some grants funded by NIEHS and NIH on EVs and environmental exposures, there is growing interest in identifying the roles for EVs in environmentally-related diseases, including pro-inflammatory signaling related to air pollution exposures, the transport of proteins in neurodegenerative diseases, the potential for identifying biomarkers of exposure or response, and the roles for EV signaling in other environmentally-related health conditions. The workshop will include overview talks on EV biology, development of state-of-the-art methods for EV isolation and characterization, and application of EV research to environmental exposures and disease.

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