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February 24, 2012

Department of Defense continues support of ULM Toxicology Environmental Health Science Research

A ULM toxicology professor is doing her part to ensure the safety of clean-up crews at retired military bases.

Sharon A. Meyer, Ph.D., associate professor of toxicology at ULM, was awarded a $65,000 grant from the Department of Defense U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

This new funding allows Meyer to continue a 10-year collaboration with researchers of Waterways Experimental Station, a facility operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Vicksburg.

The grant, issued by the Department of Defense U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will fund Meyer's research into the health effects of environmental contaminants derived from military chemicals. She utilizes rodents as test subjects in her experiments.

Meyer's previous results have been published in the peer-reviewed journal PLoS ONE.

Of the new grant, she said, "Results from these and previous studies will aid in limiting toxicant exposure of personnel charged with clean-up of contaminated military sites."

College of Pharmacy Dean Benny Blaylock expressed his pride in Meyer's work.

"Dr. Sharon Meyer continues to perform outstanding research that is recognized and funded by several agencies, including the Department of Defense. Dr. Meyer's research concerning the environmental and human health impacts of degradation products of munitions is extremely valuable in providing data to assess potential for adverse effects on workers as they clean up old arsenal and other military sites. The College of Pharmacy is very proud of Dr. Meyer's continuing research and funding success and her contributions to the field of Toxicology."

ULM's Department of Toxicology awards the only Bachelor of Science degree in Toxicology in the southeastern U.S.

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