Emerging Contaminants Analytical Resource

The Emerging Contaminants Analytical Resource (ECAR) leverages ALEC, an existing core analytical facility at UA, which is dedicated to providing the analytical capabilities and technical expertise required to detect and quantify small contaminant molecules (organic and inorganic) in complex matrices including biological fluids, tissue, water, air, soil, sediment, and biomass.

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UV Exposure

SWEHSC researchers have discovered some rather special properties in annatto, the natural food additive with properties that can block the development of certain skin cancer cells in mice.

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UV Exposure

Arizona has one of the highest incidence rates of skin cancer, the most prevalent cancer, in the United States.

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Gold King Mine

In August 2015, an estimated 3 million gallons of acid water and heavy metals spilled from the Gold King Mine into Colorado's Animas River, eventually flowing into the San Juan River, the primary source of irrigation for Navajo Nation farmers. The spill was accidentally caused by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency while trying to prevent leakage of toxic materials.

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COVID-19 Resources

Here at SWEHSC, we've developed community resources to support small businesses during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Trichloroisocyanuric Acid (TCIC)

Trichloroisocyanuric Acid (TCIC) is used as an industrial disinfectant, bleaching agent, and reagent in organic synthesis. Although this acid is FDA-approved, SWEHSC researchers have discovered that exposure to large quantities can have a negative impact on your health. 

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Smoke Exposure

Cancer is a leading cause of death among firefighters, who are exposed to cancer-causing chemicals through both inhalation and skin absorption. Measuring these exposures and determining the mechanisms by which they cause cancer are essential steps in learning how to reduce cancer risk in firefighters. 

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Environmental Impact on Reproductive Health

The adverse effects of environmental exposures on the reproductive system have been recognized as significant threat to human health.   The center now counts with expertise in descriptive and mechanistic reproductive toxicology (Craig) and the reproductive and gynecological health epidemiology (Farland).

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Mine Tailings

Tailings are the mounds of crushed rock, mixed with trace amounts of chemicals, that remain after ore is processed. Mine tailings are composed of fine particles that can easily be blown around in dust storms and can lead to contaminated well water.


Cellular Imaging

The Cellular Imaging Resource provides SWEHSC members and their labs with access to a number of powerful microscopes and image analysis capabilities. The Resource staff provides hands-on assistance with experimental design, training, troubleshooting, and analysis.

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Tribal Communities

Native American reservation land comprises more than 25% of the state of Arizona, which is home to 22 distinct tribes and one of the largest percentages of Native Americans in the United States.

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Data Science Resource

The Data Science Resource (DSR) provides expertise throughout the life-cycle of a research project, from study design and sample collection planning, through the publication and dissemination of results, to data sharing and reuse through curated repositories.

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BEAMS

The BEAMS (Binational Early Asthma & Microbiome Study) goal is to determine which microbes present in the city of Nogales, Mexico cause children born there to have four times less asthma than Mexican American children born in Tucson Arizona.

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Dust Storms

Monsoon storms send huge walls of dust across parts of Arizona, sometimes snarling traffic on roadways and knocking out power. There could be hidden health impacts for millions of people living in the state's dust zone as well. These dust storms carry a noxious mix of fungi, heavy metals from pollutants, chemicals and bacteria that could lead to cardiovascular and eye disease, and other illnesses.  These large dust storms are often called haboobs and in the local Native American communities they are called jegos (joo-goes).


Indigenous Stewards Vol. 4

This magazine follows in the tradition of story-telling which our ancestors have used for generations to pass down knowledge. Stories from Indigenous students and young professionals across The University of Arizona and various other entities shared their stories with the hopes of inspiring younger generations.

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Dietary Arsenic

Arsenic may be found in many foods due to absorption through the soil and water. 

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  • The Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center (SWEHSC) is a collaborative and interdisciplinary research center, which is actively investigating the health effects of environmental agents and serving as a resource for the community. Welcome message from our Center Director.
  • Short summaries of the research conducted at SWEHSC can be read here
  • The SWEHSC offers Pilot Project grants twice per year. To get more information go to the Pilot Projects page. Contact Xinxin Ding, Pilot Project Director for more information.