The UNC Chapel Hill Superfund Research Program (P42) has been awarded by NIEHS.
This five-year, $12.2M award includes Dr. Fernando Pardo-Manuel de Villena (PI Project 2: Arsenic-obesity-diabetes interactions) and Dr. Praveen Sethupathy (former faculty in UNC Genetics, PI Project 1: Molecular drivers of arsenic-induced diabetes), as well as Dr. Fei Zou. Consortium member institutions include Cornell University, UNC Charlotte, NC State University, University of Oregon-Eugene and Research Triangle Institute. The overall project, led by Dr. Rebecca Fry, will address serious public health challenges faced by communities in North Carolina (NC) and across the nation related to inorganic arsenic (iAs). The UNC-SRP prioritizes iAs as the focus contaminant as it is highly relevant to millions in NC and the US exposed to unsafe levels. In NC, contamination is derived from both geogenic sources and industrial activities (e.g. superfund sites and coal ash contamination) polluting thousands of private wells.