New NIH breast cancer research to focus on prevention (October 8, 2015)

These new directions reflect recommendations made by the Interagency Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Coordinating Committee (IBCERCC) in 2013. IBCERCC was congressionally mandated to review the state of the science around breast cancer and environmental influences by the Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Act. Recommendations included prioritizing prevention, involving transdisciplinary research teams, engaging public stakeholders, collaborating across federal agencies, and communicating the science to the public.  Read more >>

New study on the benefits and challenges of reporting biomonitoring and environmental exposure results to study participants (February 1, 2017)

In a series of interviews with researchers and representatives from university ethics boards across the United States, a new study explores the different attitudes and experiences researchers have with reporting biomonitoring and environmental exposure results to study participants. Researchers stated many benefits such as increasing public participation in research and improving knowledge about chemicals in the environment and health risks. However, there are still ethical issues that require further attention. For example, what is the responsibility of researchers to help participants and communities reduce their chemical exposures and how should researchers report results to participants who might face challenges, such as poverty, that limit their ability to reduce personal exposures? Read more >>