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PROTECT Holds Annual Retreat for the First Time in Two Years

On June 3rd and 4th, PROTECT held its annual retreat in San Juan, Puerto Rico for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic over two years ago. More than 70 PROTECT investigators, staff, and trainees gathered with PROTECT’s external advisory committee at San Juan’s Caribe Hilton Hotel for two days of discussion […]

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PROTECT’s Puerto Rico Team Receives Outstanding Staff Teamwork Award from Northeastern

On April 13th, PROTECT’s Puerto Rico Team was awarded the Outstanding Staff Teamwork Award by Northeastern’s College of Engineering. The award was presented during the College of Engineering Awards Ceremony, with team members joining over Zoom. Those awarded were Genesis Agosto Roman, Ishwara Ayala Ortiz, Rocio Cuevas Gines, Zulmarie Díaz Reguero, Chrystal Galán Rivera, Lilliana […]

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NIEHS PEPH Newsletter Highlights Community Engagement Core Leader Carmen Vélez-Vega

PROTECT Community Engagement Core (CEC) leader Carmen Vélez-Vega is featured as the Grantee Highlight in April’s NIEHS Partnership for Environmental Public Health (PEPH) Newsletter. PEPH is a network organized by the NIEHS and made up of scientists, community members, public health officials, and healthcare providers who work to increase the visibility of environmental public health […]

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PROTECT Signs New Memorandum of Understanding with Manatí Medical Center

PROTECT recently signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Manatí Medical Center (MMC) in Manatí, Puerto Rico. The MOU sets the terms for the collaboration between MMC and PROTECT, and applies to both PROTECT and associated research projects, including ECHO, CRECE, Zika in Infants and Pregnancy (ZIP), and any future research project that focuses […]

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PROTECT Researchers Find that Chemicals Detected at Higher Levels in Non-Hispanic Black Women Impact Preterm Birth Genes

The disproportionate rate of preterm birth in non-Hispanic Black women is well-documented. The exposure to certain environmental chemicals that non-Hispanic Black women face compared to non-Hispanic White women is also well-documented. A recent publication lead by Project 2 leader Sean Harris reports on researchers’ efforts to use statistical analysis to determine which chemicals may contribute […]

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PROTECT Reports Significant Associations between Heavy Metals and Matrix Metalloproteinases

New Project 1 findings suggest that there are significant associations between certain heavy metals and matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), with several associations differing by fetal sex. This research was reported in a paper by lead author Christine Kim in Environmental Research. MMPs are extracellular matrix (ECM) remodeling proteinases. ECM is an essential component that gives structure […]

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PROTECT Trainee Yuwei Zhao Graduates Northeastern and Enters Industry

After completing her PhD at the end of 2021, PROTECT Project 4 Trainee Yuwei Zhao is entering industry to work as a field engineer in environmental consulting. Yuwei graduated from Northeastern University with her PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering in December after she defended her dissertation, “Electrogeneration of Hydrogen Peroxide for Electro-Fenton Process in […]

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Former PROTECT Trainee Max Aung Joins University of Southern California as an Assistant Professor

Former PROTECT Trainee Max Aung is joining the University of Southern California as a tenure-track Assistant Professor. Dr. Aung will be a faculty member at the Keck School of Medicine in the Department of Population and Public Health Sciences. This position comes after his time as an Associate Research Scientist at the University of California, […]

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Trainee Spotlight: Nobel Hernández

Haga clic aquÍ para leer una entrevista con Nobel en español. Nobel Hernández is a doctoral student studying Public Health with a specialty in Social Determinants of Health at the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus. He is expected to graduate in May 2023. He previously completed a Master of Public Health Education at […]

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An Interview with PROTECT Trainee Nobel Hernández

This interview was conducted for Nobel’s Trainee Spotlight article. To read the full story in English, click here. 1. ¿Cuál es tu Grado Mayor o Disciplina? Tengo un Maestría en Educación en Salud Pública de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Ciencias Médicas Actualmente, Estudiante Doctoral en Salud Pública con Especialidad en Determinantes Sociales […]

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PROTECT Researchers Develop Robust Flow-Through Platform for Organic Contaminant Removal

PROTECT Project 4 researchers focus on development of treatment platforms that effectively remove organic pollutants in water at a low-cost. Toxic organic chemicals from Superfund sites have long been a threat to drinking water resources and human health. The Fenton and Fenton-like water treatment processes generate hydroxyl radicals, which have a strong oxidation potential and […]

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PROTECT Researchers Participate in a Pilot-Scale Assessment of Puerto Rico Tap Water Contamination and Human-Health Impacts

PROTECT studies health outcomes in pregnant women in the Puerto Rico birth cohort. The home of PROTECT’s cohort is in the northern karst region of Puerto Rico, which is also the home of two of the island’s most extensive and productive drinking-water aquifers. This area has a record of groundwater contamination and drinking-water supply-well closures, […]

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Project 1 Researchers Find that Exposure to Phthalate Mixtures is Associated with Oxidative Stress Biomarker

PROTECT Project 1 researchers have found that exposure to a mixture of phthalate metabolites has a strong positive association with oxidative stress. This work, published in a paper in Environment International in September 2021, contributes to a better understanding of why exposure to phthalates is linked to an increased risk of preterm birth. Phthalates are […]

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Trainee Spotlight: Amber Cathey

Amber Cathey is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Environmental Health Sciences department at the University of Michigan who has been working with PROTECT for five years under the mentorship of John Meeker. She earned her Master’s in 2017 and her PhD in 2021. She currently leads several research projects that use advanced statistical methods, […]

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PROTECT and SRP Researchers Investigate How to Make Data More FAIR

The projects funded by NIEHS’s Superfund Basic Research and Training Program (SRP) produce large amounts of data. Many of the projects cover multiple disciplines, spanning the fields of environmental science, health science, and more. Due to the transdisciplinary nature of much of the data collected, findings from SRP projects can ideally be used in other […]

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PROTECT’s Data Management and Analytics Core Receives Supplement to Make Data AI Ready

This September, PROTECT’s Data Management and Analytics Core (DMAC) received supplemental funding from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to develop a suite of methods to prepare data for large-scale artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) analyses. This supplement is part of an NIH initiative to make NIH-supported data suitable for AI/ML […]

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November 2021 Webinar: Environmental Justice in the Federal Government: Roots and Opportunities with Charles Lee

On Friday, November 12th from 1:00pm to 2:00pm EST, PROTECT hosted its November 2021 webinar. This webinar featured Charles Lee, a Senior Policy Advisor for Environmental Justice at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Lee spoke about some of the emerging federal strategies to push environmental justice forward, and the history that informs today’s environmental justice […]

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PROTECT Co-Director José Cordero Receives 2021 Arnold J. Capute Award

PROTECT co-director and Human Subjects and Sampling Core Leader José Cordero has been awarded the 2021 Arnold J. Capute Award by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Children with Disabilities. Dr. Cordero was honored in a ceremony held by the AAP Council on Children with Disabilities on Tuesday, October 14, 2021. A trained pediatrician […]

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Former PROTECT Trainee Stephanie Eick Joins Emory University as an Assistant Professor

Former PROTECT Trainee Stephanie Eick has joined the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health as an Assistant Professor in the Gangarosa Department of Environmental Health. Dr. Eick began her work with Emory in September and is on the tenure track. Dr. Eick is an environmental epidemiologist, focused on reproductive and perinatal health. More specifically, […]

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October Webinar: Engaging Native American Communities in Environmental Health with Dr. Karletta Chief

On Monday, October 25th from 3:30pm to 4:30pm EDT, PROTECT hosted its October 2021 webinar. This webinar featured Dr. Karletta Chief, member of the Community Engagement Core and Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Environmental Science at the University of Arizona. Dr. Chief spoke about engaging with Native American communities that are […]

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PROTECT Community Engagement Core Shares PROTECT Responde Kit with Recruitment Clinics

Over the past few months, the PROTECT Community Engagement Core (CEC) Team in Puerto Rico has created and shared educational materials and resources on environmental contaminants and their public health impacts with the cohort community through the social media campaign PROTECT Responde. One major goal of this campaign is to disseminate educational efforts through the […]

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