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Study finds increased risk of PAHs for volunteer firefighters

Dr. Jooyeon Hwang

June 27, 2024

Jooyeon Hwang, PhD, an associate professor in industrial hygiene for the Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (SWCOEH) at the UTHealth Houston School of Public Health, was principal investigator on a study of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in firefighters. The study found an association between PAH exposure and changes in blood cell components in firefighters, emphasizing the need for improved decontamination protocols and protective measures, particularly for volunteer firefighters.



Shreela and Vibhu Sharma expand community nutrition and health endowment to include climate health and sustainability

mr. and mrs. sharma

May 21, 2024

Designed to support pre-doctoral fellows and educational opportunities at UTHealth Houston, the Shreela and Vibhu Sharma Endowment for Excellence in Community Nutrition, Climate Health, and Sustainability, one of many celebrated endowments at the university, has expanded to incorporate environmental matters. Established in 2017 by long-standing university supporters Shreela Sharma, PhD, RDN, LD, and Vibhu Sharma, the endowment recognizes the significance and implications of the environment of community health.



Guillot-Wright, Davis launch new fishermen research in Louisiana

Guillot-Wright, Davis launch new fishermen research in Louisiana

February 8, 2024

Shannon Guillot-Wright and Lacy Davis of UTHealth Houston School of Public Health launched new fishermen research in Louisiana. The research is part of a $660K grant awarded to Guillot-Wright and her team from the Southwest Center for Agricultural Health, Injury Prevention, and Education and CDC/NIOSH, “Addressing Health Disparities among Commercial Fishermen by Implementing a Community-based Intervention.”




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