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Publish Date: 02/18/00
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Occupational Health Research Grants Awarded

Cincinnat--A University of Cincinnati (UC) program to encourage rising stars in the field of occupational health research has announced its latest grant awards. Amit Bhattacharya, PhD, CPE, professor of Environmental Health and Director, Pilot Grants Program at UC announced that the 1999 Pilot Research Training Project grant proposals were awarded to students at three different universities in the Tristate area. Twelve of the proposals submitted were funded and included two junior faculty, one postdoctoral fellow, six PhD students, and three MS students.

As one of 15 Education and Research Centers funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), UC established a program to support pilot research training projects. The purpose of this Pilot Project Grant Program is to increase the research capacity of research trainees and young investigators in occupational health and safety research at UC and in the collaborating programs at the University of Kentucky (UK), Western Kentucky University (WKU), and Purdue University (PU). This grant opportunity is also open to faculty and students in departments not currently working in the area of occupational health and safety (OHS) but interested in expanding into the OHS field.

The UC Education and Research Center is in the Department of Environmental Health, College of Medicine. An announcement requesting submission for the second round of proposals will be made soon.

The Pilot Research Training Grant Award recipients are students and young faculty who have come from around the world to be educated at UC, PU, WKU, and UK, and include:

  • Jagjit Yadav, a member of the UC toxicology faculty submitted a proposal entitled Development of Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) to Measure Microorganisms in Metal Working Fluid Aerosols Implicated in Occupational Respiratory Illness and is from Rewari, India.

  • John Vosicky, a masters student in industrial hygiene at PU, submitted a proposal entitled The Development, Assembly, and Pilot Testing of a Video Exposure Assessment System and is from Cleveland, Ohio.

  • Preethi Rao, a PhD student studying environmental and industrial hygiene at UC, submitted a proposal entitled Residual Pesticides in Soil/Dust Samples From the Homes of Farm Workers in Gujarat, India: Observation of Worker Practices, Preliminary Assessment of Pesticide Levels in Home Soil/Dust and Methods of Analysis for Future Monitoring and is from Bangalore, India.

  • Laurel Kincl, an ergonomics PhD student at UC, submitted a proposal entitled Injury Trends for Adolescents with Childhood Lead Exposure and is from Baytown, Texas.

  • Deborah Reed, a UK nursing faculty member, submitted a proposal entitled Health Care Access of Female Truckers: Pilot Study and is from Versailles, Kentucky.

  • Reini Wirahadikusumah, a post-doctorate fellow in Civil Engineering at PU, entitled his research proposal Development of a Model for Determining the Linkage Between Productivity Thresholds and Adverse Musculoskeletal Outcomes in Masonry Operations and is from Bandung, Indonesia.

  • Michael Hunt, a masters student in Industrial Hygiene at PU, submitted a proposal entitled Assessment of Endotoxin, Dust and Fungal Exposures in a Horse Containment Room and is from Silver Spring, Maryland.

  • Susan Jones, a PhD student in UC College of Nursing and a member of WKU nursing faculty, submitted a proposal entitled Development of an Instrument to Assess Factors Contributing to the Use of Respiratory Protection of Workers in Swine Confinement Buildings and is from Bowling Green, Kentucky.

  • Cynthia Kelly, a PhD student in Nursing at UC, submitted a proposal entitled Cardiovascular Health Rating Scale Development and is from Richmond, Virginia.

  • Jeff Lodwick, a PhD student in environmental and industrial hygiene at UC, submitted a proposal entitled Evaluation of Positional Dependence on the Leg Associated with In-Vivo X-Ray Fluorescence Measurements of Stable Lead in the Tibia and is from Carlisle, Ohio.

  • Ginger Hepler, a masters student studying genetic counseling at UC, submitted a proposal entitled Genetic Counseling for Occupational Exposures and is from McVeytown, Pennsylvania.

  • Ming-Lun Lu and Laurel Kincl, PhD students studying ergonomics at UC coauthored a research proposal entitled Assessment of Risk Factors Associated with Work on Slippery Surfaces at an Automobile Parts Manufacturing Facility. Lu is from Taipei, Taiwan and Kincl is from Baytown, Texas.

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