Category Archives: PROTECT Research

PROTECT is hiring a Senior Research Scientist/Engineer

The PROTECT Center is seeking a Senior Research Scientist/Engineer with experience and a focus on environmental health, specifically one or more of the following: Health informatics Geospatial informatics Environmental epidemiology This individual will work closely with scientists from different disciplines across multiple institutions to analyze large, complex environmental/biological datasets. Responsibilities Perform applied research and analysis […]

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PROTECT at NU’s Pop-Up Open Lab Experience

  On October 27th, Professor Dave Kaeli and trainees from Core D and Project 5 presented at the 6th annual Northeastern Pop-Up Open Lab Experience and Reception entitled, “Aha! Making Sense from Big Data.” Through posters and software demonstrations, the group on how the PROTECT Center uses various kinds of data to explore the relationship […]

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PROTECT trainees present their work in Amherst, MA

PROTECT Project 5 trainees presented their work at the 30th Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy October 20-23, 2014, in Amherst, Massachusetts. Presentation titles: Noushin Fallahpour: Hydrochlorination of TCE by Pd and H2 produced from a copper foam cathode in a circulated electrolytic column at high flowrate Roya Nazari: Degradation of chlorobenzene in simulated groundwater using […]

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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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Alshawabkeh presents invited plenary at IAP2014 in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands

Dr. Akram Alshawabkeh, PROTECT co-director and Project 5 leader, presented an invited plenary lecture at the 2014 International Conference on “Interfaces Against Pollution (IAP2014)”, held in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, May 26 – 28, 2014. Dr. Alshawabkeh described basics and principles of electrochemical methods for in situ treatment of contaminated soil and groundwater with a focus on solar-powered […]

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PROTECT represented at RISE2014

Five members of PROTECT presented at this year’s Research, Innovation, and Scholarship Expo. RISE is an annual exhibit of exciting new research at Northeastern University that can be translated into real-world applications. Below are descriptions of their posters, which are available for download. Leiming Yu’s presentation illustrated how PROTECT [Core D] efficiently manages big data and distributes […]

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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 recruits 500th participant!

The first week of April saw very exciting news – the 500th woman has been recruited into the cohort of participants!  This is an important milestone that will enable the program to reach its goal of 800 participants by March 2014.

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PROTECT researcher at UMichigan awarded $1.4M grant from Preventing Preterm Birth Initiative

PROTECT researcher and University of Michigan professor Rita Loch-Caruso is part of a team at the University of Michigan that has earned $1.4 million in support from the Preventing Preterm Birth Initiative, part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenges in Global Health, to study a leading cause of premature birth. For more […]

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PROTECT Cohort Recruits 400th Woman!

Friday November 8th, PROTECT recruited its 400th woman into the study cohort being led by the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus team (see picture). This exciting milestone marks the half-way point into the cohort of 800. Learn more about the data being collected on this cohort here.

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Alshawabkeh work profiled in SRP Research Brief

PROTECT Director and Project 5 leader Akram Alshawabkeh and his team recently saw their work in novel methods for groundwater decontamination published by the SRP as part of its Research Briefs series. The Research Brief, published in July, highlights a recent paper by the Project 5 team which developed a method to remediate TCE. Read […]

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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 researcher links amniotic fluid to chemical exposure in fetuses

An article in Science of the Total Environment co-authored by Project 2 Leader Rita Loch-Caruso has described work by her and her colleagues showing that PBDEs (a chemical found in flame retardants and considered to hurt brain development) are present in amniotic fluid, which surrounds the fetus in the womb. While the study size was small […]

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First PROTECT Baby Born

PROTECT is proud to announce the first baby in the study cohort was born on August 19, 2011. Our congratulations to the family! Learn more about the Human Subjects and Sampling Core which is working directly with the women (and babies) in the study cohort here.

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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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PROTECT WVU Researchers at Buckeye Cave Again!

PROTECT researchers Prof. Dorothy Vesper and graduate student Amanda Laskoskie (West Virginia University) recently took another trip to Buckeye Cave (Amanda’s local research site that she uses to develop the models that will be used to understand how pollutants may travel through Puerto Rico’s aquifers.) At this trip, John and Amanda got the ISCO automated […]

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WVU researchers visit local research site, Buckeye Cave

PROTECT researchers Prof. Dorothy Vesper and graduate student Amanda Laskoskie (West Virginia University) recently took a trip to Buckeye Cave in West Virginia. Buckeye Cave, formed from the same geological processes as the karst (limestone) aquifers in Puerto Rico, is Amanda’s local research site that she uses to develop the models that will be used […]

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Roger Giese to present PROTECT research at Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Showcase

Project 3 Leader Roger Giese will present his work and that of the PROTECT at the 2011 Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Showcase.  The talk, entitled  “Does the Environment Contribute to Preterm Birth?”, will be held at Northeastern University on May 13, 2011. For more information and to register, please visit the event website.

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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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PROTECT profiled by Associated Press

Mark Melia of the Associated Press looks carefully at the background problem – the high rate of preterm birth in Puerto Rico – and what PROTECT will be studying to combat this issue…read full article.

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Northeastern awarded $9.9 million NIH grant

Northeastern University has received a $9.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the impact of exposure to environmental contamination on preterm birth rates and to develop sustainable solutions. Read full article…

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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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