Event Highlight: 2012 CEEH Annual Retreat

CEEH members learn about facility cores during the round table session at the retreat.

Our 2012 Annual Retreat for the Center for Ecogenetics & Environmental Health (CEEH) took place on Friday, October 26, 2012 at UW Medicine-South Lake Union. The theme for the day was Emerging Issues in Ecogenetics: Exposome Research. Dr. John Groopman from the Bloomberg School of Public Health and chair of the CEEH external Science Advisory Board started us off by putting current Exposome research in context. Dr. Martyn T. Smith from the Superfund Research Project, University of California-Berkeley delivered a rousing Keynote address which was co-sponsored by the UW Superfund Research Program. After the keynote, CEEH exposure science researchers Drs. Michael Yost, Catherine Karr and Sheela Sathyanarayana, provided updates on CEEH research projects related to exposure sciences.

Later that morning, in order to further acquaint our investigators with the various services provided by our facility cores, each core presented a five minute "lightning talk." The Cores include: Functional Genomics and Proteomics; Exposure Assessment, Biomarkers & Metabolomics; Clinical and Translational Services,  Bioinformatics and Biostatistics, Technology Access, and Community Outreach and Ethics.

After lunch, two 20-minute roundtable conversations gave CEEH members the opportunity to learn more about the Facility Cores most relevant to their research interests and needs.

The day wrapped up with our 9 current CEEH pilot project recipients taking part in a "Pilot Slam" (5 minutes, 3 slides each). The Annual Gathering concluded with the presentation of the second annual CEEH Awards. The 2012 CEEH Public Engagement Award went to Julie Richman Fox for her work with the DEEDS Project in South Seattle. The Innovations in Research Award went to Chad Weldy as first author on the paper "Heterozygosity in the glutathione synthesis gene Gclm increases sensitivity to diesel exhaust particulate induced lung inflammation in mice" (Inhalation Toxicology, October, 2011). 

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