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Pediatric researchers at Arkansas Children’s Research Institute have received more than $1.2 million from the National Institutes of Health for a five-year study that looks at the effects of exposure to trichloroethylene, an industrial solvent and common environmental pollutant.
TCE has contaminated many of the water systems in the U.S. and is among the most frequently detected U.S. EPA-regulated drinking water contaminants found in groundwater and surface water sources as well as Superfund sites, which are contaminated by hazardous materials, according to a news release.
When TCE enters the body, it takes the form of its major metabolite, and the study will use this metabolite to test how TCE may alter immune cells associated with autoimmune disorders in people.
Sarah Blossom, Ph.D, an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine, is the principal investigator for the project.