- Goals: to provide expert evaluation and support for intra- and inter-programmatic research initiatives related to oxidative stress and other molecular mechanisms associated with environmental exposures.
- Focus: motivating new research initiatives by enabling technologies, and providing SWEHSC investigators access to scientific and educational activities as well as nurturing research opportunities with environmental health experts.
- Goals: to promote interdisciplinary research into the mechanisms by which environmental agents affect lung structure and function and lead to or exacerbate disease.
- Focus: toxicants that predominate in the Southwestern US, such as exposures to arsenic, particulate matter, and dusts.
- Goal: to partner with Indigenous, Hispanic, and rural communities in the Southwest to determine the contribution of chemical and other environmental exposures to health inequities and to support efforts to eliminate these disparities.
- Focus: effective and sustainable environmental health disparities research and mitigation.
When Rachel Done, a senior at University High School in Tucson, contacted Richard Vaillancourt, associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, about his research, she never dreamed that her simple email would eventually lead to her recognition as a Future Innovator of the Year by the Governor’s Celebration of Innovation initiative.
A high incidence of bladder cancer has ravaged areas that are prone to high Arsenic exposure. RFG 1 is studying the carcinogenic (cancer-causing) properties of arsenic and its effect on urothelial cells (cells that make up the tissue that lines the urinary system).
High exposure levels to Arsenic have been correlated with cardiovascular birth defects in newborn babies. This particular project examines the effect of in utero (still in the womb) Arsenic exposures in rodents and their cardiovascular development.