Category Archives: Project 1 (Targeted Epidemiology)

June 2014 Spotlight: PROTECT awarded five-year renewal grant

PROTECT has received a five-year, $13.5 million renewal award from the National Institutes of Health to continue its interdisciplinary investigation into the complex relationship between contamination and preterm birth. Click here to access the full article.

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December Highlight: PROTECT publishes new findings on Environmental Phthalate Exposure and Preterm Birth

This week PROTECT Project 1 leader, John D. Meeker, ScD, and trainee Kelly Ferguson, MPH, published an article in JAMA Pediatrics on the relationship between preterm birth and chemical phthalate exposure during pregnancy. The JAMA article highlights the prevalence of preterm birth as a leading cause of neonatal mortality, and the increased odds faced by women exposed […]

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PROTECT attends the SRP annual meeting

21 members of PROTECT (trainees, administrators and faculty) attended this year’s SRP meeting in Baton Rouge. In addition to presenting posters, PROTECT director Akram Alshawabkeh and trainee postdoc Kelly Hogan co-moderated the session on “Risks of Pollutants during Early Life Exposures”. Check out the pictures below from the meeting.

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October 2013 Spotlight: Recent Research

In September, the PROTECT article “Urinary phthalate metabolite concentrations among pregnant women in Northern Puerto Rico: Distribution, temporal variability, and predictors” was accepted for publication in Environment International. The paper documents recent PROTECT work showing that detectable concentrations of phthalate metabolites among pregnant women living in Puerto Rico are prevalent, and metabolite concentrations tend to […]

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PROTECT Trainee David Cantonwine joins Brigham and Women’s

Our congratulations to PROTECT Trainee David Cantonwine, who recently joined Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital as a Perinatal Epidemiologist with the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, as well as Harvard Medical School as a Senior Lecturer. At BWH/HMS, Dr. Cantonwine will study predictors and underlying causes of preeclampsia (these will include environmental influences as well), […]

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John Meeker Appointed as Associate Dean for Research

Project 3 Leader John Meeker has been appointed as the University of Michigan School of Public Health’s Associate Dean for Research.  Congratulations John!!

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PROTECT Trainee Luis Rivera Defends Thesis

Congratulations to Project 3 trainee/researcher Luis Rivera, who defended his PhD in Environmental Health at the University of Michigan, School of Public Health on April 30th, 2012!  Originally from San Juan Puerto Rico, Luis received his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, before going on to complete a Master’s Degree […]

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Meeker gives talk on Endocrine Disruptors [VIDEO]

Project 1 Leader John Meeker recently gave a TED-style talk on Endocrine Disruptors as part of the UMich Environmental Sciences Department’s 125th anniversary celebration.

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PROTECT Researchers to Present at April 2 RiskeLearning Web Seminars

Project 2 Leader Rita Loch-Caruso and Project 1 Leader John Meeker will be presenting in the next NIEHS SRP Risk e-Learning webinars in the series Early Life Exposures – Long-Term Health Consequences The session, which will address PCE and Phthalates, will be held April 2, 2012 from 1-3:00 p.m. ET – register on EPA’s CLU-IN website (http://bit.ly/w5rfxb). This session […]

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John Meeker appointed Associate Chair of UMich Dept of Environmental Health Sciences

Project 1 Leader Prof. John Meeker has been appointed Associate Chair of the UMichigan School of Public Health’s Department of Environmental Health Sciences.  From the entire PROTECT team – our congratulations to John! Excerpts from the announcement below: Professor Meeker has had a stellar career, receiving his doctoral degree in Environmental Health Sciences from the Harvard […]

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PROTECT’s Meeker & Ferguson Relate BPA, Altered Thyroid Hormones

Project 1 leader John Meeker and his graduate student Kelly Ferguson have jointly published a paper in Environmental Health Perspectives that links BPA and altered thyroid activity. As told by the U. of Michigan News Service: ANN ARBOR, Mich.—A link between chemicals called phthalates and thyroid hormone levels was confirmed by the University of Michigan in […]

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Meeker quoted on CNN

Project 1 Leader John Meeker (U. of Michigan) was recently quoted in a CNN article on the effect of BPA on the masculinity of male mice.  The study determined that female mice found BPA-exposed male mice to be less attractive, even though their adult hormone levels were no different than male mice who were not exposed. […]

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Meeker publishes on phthalates, PCBs

PROTECT Project 1 leader John Meeker’s newest paper, with Kelly Ferguson and Rita Loch-Caruso, titled “Urinary phthalate metabolites in relation to biomarkers of inflammation and oxidative stress: NHANES 1999–2006,” is available for viewing online. In addition, several articles have been written about Meeker’s recent study which found that polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs) exposure may negatively impact […]

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Meeker paper recognized as one of NIEHS Extramural Papers of the Month

PROTECT Project 1 researcher John Meeker was recognized for his paper discussing findings that sperm may be harmed by bisphenol A (BPA), showing that urinary concentrations of the chemical may be related to decreased sperm quality and concentration. This study was one of the first of its kind; the researchers are continuing this line of […]

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John Meeker featured in several recent articles

UMich Assistant Professor John Meeker‘s (leader, Project 1) work has been featured in several recent news articles. http://www.aolhealth.com/2010/08/04/exposure-to-plastic-chemical-may-harm-male-fertility/ http://blogs.nature.com/news/thegreatbeyond/2010/08/bisphenol_a_and_sperm_damage.html http://pubs.acs.org/isubscribe/journals/cen/88/i24/html/8824news4.html Dr. Meeker was also featured in another interesting article on plastics from last year: http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/dangers-of-plastic

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Chemicals May Play a Role in Pre-Term Births

The Association of Schools of Public Health features research findings of PROTECT investigators: (ASPH Friday Letter – July 10, 2009) – A University of Michigan School of Public Health study of expectant mothers suggests that a group of common environmental contaminants called phthalates, which are present in many industrial and consumer products including everyday personal […]

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Phthalates May Play a Role in Pre-Term Births

July 7, 2009

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