The specific aims of the training core are to: 1) provide high quality interdisciplinary biomedical and environmental science training, education and mentoring experiences to diverse trainees at the institutions participating in PROTECT;2) extend applicable PROTECT training experiences to the greater SRP community;and 3) serve as the coordination point for training activities with, and trainee participation in, the Community Engagement and Research Translation Cores (CEC and RTC, respectively). During the current program funding, the Core has developed an effective training core program that is providing opportunities/experiences for our trainees to: 1) understand and integrate the problems and concepts of health impacts assessment of contaminated systems, contaminant detection, fate and transport, exposure routes, remediation, and information management;2) develop competence in the applied methods underlying research core activities;and 3) advance their technical, professional and personal skills/knowledge/attitudes to motivate and prepare them for successful careers in these fields. For the renewal period, the Training Core will also: 4) provide opportunities for our trainees to participate in and contribute to CEC and RTC activities;5) promote the awareness of environmental health and environmental science/engineering fields as career pathways to underrepresented populations through recruitment activities;and 6) serve as a resource for the RTC for training opportunities for the greater SRP community. PROTECT has been successful in creating innovative training activities that extend to the greater SRP community, and the program has demonstrated its leadership in promoting more robust and meaningful training experiences. By using a differentiated training model, the Training Core impacts students across a wide spectrum of experience, discipline and educational levels. Senior research personnel (faculty, research scientists, etc.) contribute to this core via an advisory group to develop new activities and provide feedback on existing offerings, informal training opportunities, seminar and workshop offerings, field and laboratory experiences, and mentoring. A systematic assessment and evaluation program feeds into a continuous quality improvement process to help the project team to understand, and modify as necessary, the interactions between the education/training activities and the research cores. To date, PROTECT has recruited 72 trainees, 62% of whom are women and 57% of whom are Hispanic. Trainees have participated in 20 webinars, 5 skill-builder workshops, and 13 town meetings, which they broadly rated as """"""""useful"""""""" or """"""""very useful."""""""" In addition, trainees made a total of 95 presentations of their research at SRP meetings, a PROTECT retreat and at other research conferences (72 internal presentations and 23 external). Trainees have been authors on 38 refereed publications related to PROTECT research to date. Ten trainees have completed their degrees, and three have secured professorships.

Public Health Relevance

By combining the trainees'focused disciplinary research and training with integrated, multidisciplinary training opportunities, the Training Core seeks to prepare the next generation of researchers and professionals who will be equipped to address the challenging, big science questions in the environmental health and related environmental science and engineering fields. In addition, through integration with the Research Translation and Community Engagement Cores, the Training Core will leverage its activities to benefit stakeholders beyond PROTECT, for ultimate better understanding and integrated efforts to address environmental health.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
Type
Hazardous Substances Basic Research Grants Program (NIEHS) (P42)
Project #
2P42ES017198-05
Application #
8649392
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZES1-LKB-K (S))
Project Start
2014-04-01
Project End
2019-03-31
Budget Start
2014-04-01
Budget End
2015-03-31
Support Year
5
Fiscal Year
2014
Total Cost
$100,781
Indirect Cost
$32,437
Name
Northeastern University
Department
Type
DUNS #
001423631
City
Boston
State
MA
Country
United States
Zip Code
02115
Ferguson, Kelly K; Cantonwine, David E; McElrath, Thomas F et al. (2016) Repeated measures analysis of associations between urinary bisphenol-A concentrations and biomarkers of inflammation and oxidative stress in pregnancy. Reprod Toxicol 66:93-98
Li, Dan; Zeng, Siyu; He, Miao et al. (2016) Water Disinfection Byproducts Induce Antibiotic Resistance-Role of Environmental Pollutants in Resistance Phenomena. Environ Sci Technol 50:3193-201
Ferguson, Kelly K; Meeker, John D; Cantonwine, David E et al. (2016) Urinary phthalate metabolite and bisphenol A associations with ultrasound and delivery indices of fetal growth. Environ Int 94:531-7
Rajic, Ljiljana; Nazari, Roya; Fallahpour, Noushin et al. (2016) Electrochemical degradation of trichloroethylene in aqueous solution by bipolar graphite electrodes. J Environ Chem Eng 4:197-202
Rajic, Ljiljana; Fallahpour, Noushin; Podlaha, Elizabeth et al. (2016) The influence of cathode material on electrochemical degradation of trichloroethylene in aqueous solution. Chemosphere 147:98-104
McIntosh, Scott; Pérez-Ramos, José; Demment, Margaret M et al. (2016) Development and Implementation of Culturally Tailored Offline Mobile Health Surveys. JMIR Public Health Surveill 2:e28
Watkins, Deborah J; Fortenberry, Gamola Z; Sánchez, Brisa N et al. (2016) Urinary 3-phenoxybenzoic acid (3-PBA) levels among pregnant women in Mexico City: Distribution and relationships with child neurodevelopment. Environ Res 147:307-13
Tan, Wenbing; Zhang, Yuan; He, Xiaosong et al. (2016) Distribution patterns of phthalic acid esters in soil particle-size fractions determine biouptake in soil-cereal crop systems. Sci Rep 6:31987
Johns, Lauren E; Ferguson, Kelly K; Meeker, John D (2016) Relationships Between Urinary Phthalate Metabolite and Bisphenol A Concentrations and Vitamin D Levels in U.S. Adults: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), 2005-2010. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 101:4062-4069
Shao, Gang; MacNeil, Michael; Yao, Yuanyuan et al. (2016) Porous extraction paddle: a solid phase extraction technique for studying the urine metabolome. Rapid Commun Mass Spectrom :

Showing the most recent 10 out of 116 publications