University at Albany School of Public Health assistant professor of epidemiology Dr. Allison Appleton has been selected as a JPB Environmental Health (EH) Fellow by the Harvard School of Public Health. The fellowship program, which formally began on October 1 and will extend through December 2017, brings together a cohort of junior faculty from U.S. institutions with research interests related to social and physical determinants of environmental health on disadvantaged communities. As a fellow, Dr. Appleton will attend workshops, participate in video conferences, and interact with other fellows, program directors, and mentors. The fellowship includes a stipend of up to a maximum of $350,000 in funding over the three years to cover travel expenses; collaborative research studies among fellows; conference calls; and salary support.
As toxicant and social stress exposures tend to co-occur among disadvantaged groups and can influence child health, Dr. Appleton is interested in examining the joint contribution of these factors in explaining disparities in infant outcomes. She also will examine the epigenetic mechanisms that may help explain how these exposures become biologically embedded to affect infant health. She will use the fellowship resources to develop expertise in metal exposure assessment and community engagement as well as to launch a pilot study of mothers and infants in Albany. She will work with the University at Albany’s Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities on this project and throughout this fellowship.
To learn more go to http://www.albany.edu/sph/56533.php