Sven-Eric Jordt, PhD, Director of the Chemical Sensing, Pain and Inflammation Research Laboratory, gave an invited presentation at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences’ (NIEHS) annual event showcasing outstanding extra and intramural research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) located in Research Triangle Park. Dr. Jordt’s research on mechanisms of chemical sensing and pain, mediated by transient receptor potential ion channels, has received generous support and awards by NIEHS, including the Outstanding New Environmental Scientist award and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Dr. Jordt’s research is also featured in NIEHS’ newsletter, the Environmental Factor: http://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/newsletter/2015/12/science-inflammation/index.htm.
Attendees of the 2015 NIEHS Science Days discussed connections between inflammation and disease, sharing insights suggesting that inflammation could be a crucial component in the development of human diseases. NIEHS is the only NIH institute located outside of the Bethesda, Maryland campus and has established many collaborations with local institutions, including Duke.