HSCI News

Health Sciences professor receives $1.68 million to study if dietary factors may have a role in Parkinson's Disease

A Purdue University health sciences professor received a $1.68 million grant to study if a probable carcinogen formed when grilling meat at a high temperature also is a neurotoxin linked to Parkinson's disease.

Jason Cannon, an associate professor of Toxicology in the School of Health Sciences, received the five-year grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

"Other researchers have found that the class of compounds heterocyclic aromatic animes are probable carcinogens, and one of these cancer scientists shared with me that while the animals in their study were exposed to the carcinogen, they also experiences neurological problems," said Cannon, who studies dietary toxins and neurological disease.  "My lab's work has found that when we isolate neurons in cultures and expose cells to reasonable doses of these compunds, yes, we see the same types of neurons lost in Parkinson's diease."  Read more...

Zebrafish embryos exposed to atrazine pass on health problems to their young

Atrazine exposure during embryonic development could cause later reproductive problems for female zebrafish, as well as physical deformations in their offspring, according to new research from Purdue University.

"This approach to show the later-in-life consequences is novel because this is the first study of the offspring of female fish that were exposed to atrazine during their first 72 hours of life," said Jennifer Freeman, an associate professor of toxicology in the School of Health Sciences. "Other studies expose the parents when they are adults and then study the offspring. But by exposing during embryogenesis, we will have a better idea of the total effects. For example, we found physical deformations in the offspring as well as complications with breeding and increases in progesterone for the parents."

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Purdue’s life sciences research to benefit from new MRI thanks to NIH grant

Purdue University life sciences and College of Health and Human Sciences research will benefit from a new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner, which will be the first on campus used to focus on human sciences research. Read more...

HSCI Faculty and Student's Research Achievements Recognized in the National ConferenceDr. Zheng and award recipients

In a recent Society of Toxicology meeting in San Diego, our faculty and students received the following awards in and/or for this meeting:

  • Dr. Wei Zheng received a Career Achievement Award from the Society of Toxicology (Metal Specialty Section) in recognition of his outstanding achievement as a researcher, mentor and leader in the field of metals toxicology.
  • Alex Jones (Zheng lab) won the Pfizer Undergraduate Student Travel Award from the SOT. In the meeting, Alex also won the Blue Ribbon Best Undergraduate Poster Presentation Award.
  • Anna Winchester (Freeman lab) won the College of Health and Human Sciences Undergraduate Research Travel Award supporting her to attend the SOT meeting.
  • Brad Qualizza (Freeman lab) won the College of Health and Human Sciences Undergraduate Research Travel Award supporting him to attend the SOT meeting

Cannon Lab:

  • Sena Agim won the SOT Graduate Student Travel award ($1000)
  • Johnny Wise won the College of Health and Human Sciences Compton Graduate Research Travel Award

Dydak Lab:

  • Emily Ma won the SOT Graduate Student Travel award ($1000)
  • Eric Ward won the SOT Graduate Student Travel award ($1000)

Freeman Lab:

  • Jinyoung Lee won the 3rd place Graduate Student Presentation Award by the SOT Metals Specialty Section
  • Jinyoung Lee also won the SOT Graduate Student Travel award ($1000)
  • Kathy Thompson won the College of Health and Human Sciences Compton Graduate Research Travel Award and a PULSe Travel Grant
  • Sara Wirbisky won the SOT Graduate Student Travel Award ($1000) and a College of Health and Human Sciences Compton Graduate Research Travel Award

Zheng Lab:

  • Stefanie O’Neal won the SOT Graduate Student Travel Award ($1000) and a PULSe Travel Grant
  • Sherleen Fu won the 3rd place Postdoctoral Presentation Award by the SOT Metals Specialty Section

 Congratulations to HSCI faculty and students for their research achievements!

HSCI Students Complete at the American Industrial Hygiene Association Student Poster/Presentation Night

Michelle DeVilbiss and Claire TigheOn February 18th, 2015, 18 students from Purdue's School of Health Sciences (HSCI) traveled to Chicago to compete against students from University of Illinois at Chicago, Illinois State University, and Northern Illinois University during the annual Chicago Local Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association student poster/presentation night. The event is a regional competition showcasing the scholarly work of students studying health sciences, particularly industrial hygiene.

Best Undergraduate Poster went to Michelle DeVilbiss and Claire Tighe for their presentation “Detection and Control of Pathogens in University Computer Centers: Strategies for Protecting Students and Service Cleaning Personnel.”

Advisors: James D. McGlothlin, M.P.H., Ph.D., C.P.E (School of Health Sciences); Bruce M. Applegate, B.A, Ph.D (Department of Food Science); and Heath Bentley (REM).

Michelle and Claire also received the Fred Tremmel Award for best overall poster/presentation.

Aparna ShindeBest Graduate Presentation went to Aparna Shinde, a PhD student for her presentation titled "Particle characterization factors responsible for malignant transformation of human lung cells associated with exposure to carbon nano particles ".

Advisor: Dr. Candace Tsai

School of Health Sciences announces new 4+1 non-thesis Master of Science Program in Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences (Industrial Hygiene) beginning fall 2015.

On March 5th, 2015, Purdue’s Graduate School approved the request for a one-year, 30 credit, non-thesis Master of Science program in the School of Health Sciences, with a concentration in Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences (OEH – Industrial Hygiene), effective Fall2015. This is exciting news for School of Health Science majors completing an undergraduate degree in Industrial Hygiene. The approval also benefits students in similar undergraduate industrial hygiene programs who wish to pursue a Purdue graduate degree in industrial hygiene. Instead of taking two years to complete a Purdue ABET accredited graduate degree program, it will now take just one year. Best of all, the quality of this degree will be enhanced with occupational and environmental health science courses plus  a field project (for many this will be in the form of an internship) which will offer hands-on learning of how to protect and preserve the health and safety of workers around the world.

Purdue industrial hygienist graduate student tests for chemical hazards in a manufacturing facility

Purdue industrial hygienist graduate student tests for chemical hazards in a manufacturing facility.

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