ROCHESTER, N.Y. — A University of Rochester Medical Center researcher who contributed to early studies on the health impacts of natural-gas drilling has been awarded a $1.25 million federal grant supporting young scientists.
The Democrat & Chronicle of Rochester reports Elaine Hill was one of 16 biomedical researchers to receive the National Institutes of Health Early Independence Award, reserved for “exceptional junior scientists.”
Hill will be able to forgo post-doctoral training and begin work as an independent researcher immediately thanks to the funding.
Hill’s work focused on babies born to woman living near sites in Pennsylvania where the shale gas extraction process known as fracking is conducted.
She found that mothers living near active drill sites are about 25 percent more likely to give birth to underweight infants who receive lower scores on basic health assessments.
Information from: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, http://www.democratandchronicle.com
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