Another successful PhD graduate!

Congratulations to newly minted PhD Stacey Lin for successfully defending her graduate thesis, which explored the mechanisms by which a potent liver carcinogen, Aflatoxin B1 (AFB1), produces DNA mutations that eventually lead to cancer of the liver. She is interested in the mutagenic spectrum of AFB1 and the ability of cells to bypass and repair genetic damage. The results of Stacey’s work opens new avenues of research that will allow scientists to further probe and understand … Read More

Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences Holds Science Retreat

The Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences (formerly CROET) faculty held a Science Retreat on Wednesday, October 30, to discuss their mission and research themes, and to learn from the OHSU Foundation about ways that the Institute can gain philanthropic support. Led by Director Steve Shea, PhD, the Retreat began with a discussion about why we are committing our careers to occupational health and safety.  Why do we do what we do.  Faculty conducting basic … Read More

‘Tis the Season for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, and toxic gas that results from the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels such as natural gas, oil, wood, and coal. Each year in the United States, more than 400 people die from accidental carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, more than 20,000 visit emergency rooms and more than 4,000 are hospitalized due to CO exposure. CO-related injury and death is most common during the colder months of the year, when the … Read More

Green Chemistry and Work: Moving ahead

What a terrific day we had at our Green Chemistry, Safer Alternatives and Work Symposium earlier this month! Thanks to you, our dedicated supporters and to so many new attendees, for taking the time to join us. While we certainly can’t effectively recap the day in this blog, we wanted to share some resources and encourage continued discussions and actions to create safer products and workplaces. Perhaps the biggest take home of the day for … Read More

Why Green Chemistry?

You may be wondering why CROET’s June symposium is on Green Chemistry, Safer Alternatives and Work? Perhaps you could say that a discussion that was part of our 2009 symposium Oregon’s Workplace Health and Safety: Looking forward to 2020 led us here. Perhaps you were there and remember the motivating words of Dr. John Howard of NIOSH? You may recall that he spoke about NIOSH’s Total Worker Health initiative – funny thing that we had … Read More

How About Working at CROET This Summer?

It’s time for college students to be thinking about summer plans. CROET’s online application is now live for our 2012 Summer Intern Program. This is a terrific opportunity for college students to get direct research experience working with CROET Faculty. CROET Summer Intern Program consists of three-month paid internships designed to introduce college students to various fields of basic and applied biomedical research. Interns will potentially be able to work with over twenty scientists working … Read More

CROET Profile: Desire Tshala-Katumbay

Initially educated in his home country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Desire has worked in international circles since the beginning of his career, receiving his education in Zaire (MD) and Sweden (PhD).  A key research focus is the neurological diseases in sub-Saharan Africa.  Working through organizations such as the International Brain Research Organization, supported by his enthusiasm and personal charisma, Desire has recruited scientists, professionals from many specialties and students from around the world … Read More A New Look

Oh my, how the Internet has changed our lives. When CROET first designed CROETweb in 1996, most of us were just beginning to learn to search and find useful resources on the web. Can you believe that we even taught a class at the Oregon Governor’s Safety Conference on searching the web? Nowadays our kids and grandkids can’t believe our stories about how we had to actually go to the library to research a project. … Read More

Still Talking About Bed Bugs

Certainly there has been lots of talk about bed bugs nationally. But what’s happening in Oregon? The other day I learned that Multnomah County Health Department has been getting an increase in calls. Many of these calls are informational, asking about what bed bugs are and what one can do if they are discovered. Others are frustration calls, such as “my landlord won’t respond” and “I can’t afford treatment.” Some of the most commonly asked … Read More

Don’t Let Mold be a Problem

As summer winds down, Oregonians start wondering when the fall rains will arrive. With the rain comes more calls to the CROET Toxicology Information Center (TIC) related to indoor mold. Indoor mold growth is actually a year-round problem, but as it gets cooler we close windows,  turn off air conditioners and fire up the heat, which changes the movement and exchange of air within homes and buildings. This often leads to changes in moisture and … Read More

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