Scientists at RTI International will research the effect of carbon nanoparticles in expectant mothers and children under a five-year, $6.58 million contract with the federal government.

RTI researchers will work with East Carolina University and The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences on the project. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences is funding the project.

“Toxicity testing and evaluation of the health risks associated with nanoparticles poses many challenges, including the long-lived nature of some nanomaterials in biological systems,” said Dr. Timothy Fennell, senior scientist at RTI and the project’s director, in a statement. “We are excited to be working with our colleagues at ECU and The Hamner Institutes, with NIEHS, and with the other grantees within the consortium of the NIEHS Centers for Nanotechnology Health Implications Research on this important research effort.”

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