UofL CIEHS Symposium Highlights Environmental Health Science Research

Posted on December 5, 2023

The Center for Integrative Environmental Health Sciences (CIEHS) at the University of Louisville recently hosted a symposium on October 30th to spotlight their cutting-edge research. CIEHS is funded by a prestigious P30 grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Science (NIEHS), one of only 25

CIEHS works to unravel the complex web of interactions between pollutants and structural determinants of health in human health and disease. The center achieves this through promoting interdisciplinary collaboration, translating research findings, recruiting new and established investigators to environmental health science research, and actively promoting community engagement and community-based research.

The symposium was attended by students and faculty from all three UofL campuses and visitors from other NIEHS P30 centers. The event featured a full day of seminars and poster sessions, with UofL CIEHS scientists presenting research on the impact of environmental exposures on health.

Presentations covered a wide range of topics, from wastewater-based epidemiology to advanced imaging techniques for tracing copper distribution in response to cadmium exposure, and the effects of prenatal cigarette smoke exposure on postnatal motor development.

The symposium featured a diverse array of posters presented by faculty, students, post-docs, and research staff, covering various environmental and health-related topics and those in attendance were invited to participate in a poster competition. Winners in each category received certificates and $500 travel award vouchers, fostering the development of future scientific leaders. Below you will find a list of awardees: 

Medical Student Award

Jahnavi Sunkara

Masters Graduate Student and Pre-Candidacy Ph.D. Student Award

Oluwanifemi Esther Bolatimi

Ph.D. Candidate Award

Dakotah Cathey

Postdoctoral Fellow Award

Anand Ramalingam

Undergraduate Student Award

Romith Paily

Research Staff

Yiqun Mo

The CIEHS symposium was a remarkable display of cutting-edge research in the field of environmental health sciences. If you are interested in learning more about CIEHS, have an environmental concern or interest, idea for content or if you are interested in a partnership please fill out the following form https://louisville.edu/ciehs/cores/cec/request-form or contact Sarah Jump sejump01@louisville.edu