SRP funding supports five projects (three biomedical projects and two environment science projects). The biomedical projects focus on such common diseases in Kentucky as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, and hypertension. Since pollutant compounds dissolve in fat, fatty foods usually contain higher levels of persistent organics, such as PCBs, than do vegetable matter. Once absorbed, PCBs spread to body tissues. UK-SRC researchers believe that nutritional choices can reduce oxidative stress and improve antioxidant status, thus positively impacting the human effects of Superfund pollutants.
Environmental Science Projects
The UK-SRC environmental science projects investigate new techniques to detect Superfund chemicals and to minimize or remove them from the environment. In conjunction with ongoing research activities, the UK-SRC engages communities near Superfund sites through its Community Engagement and Research Translation Cores. In addition, the UK-SRC Training Core provides support and experience for graduate and postdoctoral scholars working in fields related to chemical toxicity and environmental pollutants.