Gulf Oil Spill Response Efforts
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health, activated programs throughout the institute to provide timely and responsive services following the Deepwater Horizon Gulf oil spill.
- Oil Spill Response and Research (509KB)
- Safety Training - Within days of the explosion, the NIEHS Worker Education & Training Program facilitated safety training for more than 100,000 cleanup workers.
- GuLF STUDY ("/Rhythmyx/assembler/render?sys_contentid=6846&sys_revision=1&sys_variantid=639&sys_context=0&sys_authtype=0&sys_siteid=&sys_folderid=" sys_dependentvariantid="639" sys_dependentid="6846" inlinetype="rxhyperlink" rxinlineslot="103" sys_dependentid="6846" sys_siteid="" sys_folderid="") - The NIEHS Epidemiology Program is heading the NIH GuLF STUDY on the long-term health effects of the oil spill. On June 15, NIH Director Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., announced an investment of $10 million to support the initial stages of the NIEHS’ launch of this important research.
- Toxicology Research - NIEHS' National Toxicology Program, working together with Federal partners, is conducting studies to better understand the chemistry, biological fate, and toxicological effects of crude oil and dispersant components and breakdown products.
- Deepwater Horizon Research Consortia ("/Rhythmyx/assembler/render?sys_contentid=3984&sys_revision=4&sys_variantid=639&sys_context=0&sys_authtype=0&sys_siteid=&sys_folderid=" sys_dependentvariantid="639" sys_dependentid="3984" inlinetype="rxhyperlink" rxinlineslot="103" sys_dependentid="3984" sys_siteid="" sys_folderid="") - The NIEHS will fund grants for researcher-community partnerships to address the needs of affected communities.
- The NIEHS has hosted a series of community forums, stakeholder visits, webinars and instructional meetings throughout the 5-state Gulf region in order to promote awareness, participation and coordination for all these programs among local residents, state and local health departments, regional universities and researchers, and federal agency partners.
NIEHS Newsletter Articles
- Strengthening research and community partnerships in the Gulf (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/newsletter/2013/4/spotlight-gulf/index.htm) - April 2013
- Oil spill researchers tell what they learned (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/newsletter/2013/2/spotlight-oil/index.htm) February 2013
- Hot Zone summit challenges environmental injustices (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/newsletter/2011/may/spotlight-hotzone/index.cfm) May 2012
- GuLF STUDY marks recruitment milestone (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/newsletter/2012/4/spotlight-gulfstudy/) April 2012
- Predicting sudden changes in pollution patterns (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/newsletter/2012/4/dert/#a2) April 2012
- Hughes honored for worker training efforts (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/newsletter/2011/december/spotlight-hughes/index.cfm) December 2011
- NIEHS launches GuLF STUDY media tour (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/newsletter/2011/october/spotlight-media/index.cfm) October 2011
- NIH-funded research network to explore oil spill health effects (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/newsletter/2011/august/spotlight-funded/index.cfm) August 2011
- WETP workshop explores lessons learned from the Gulf oil spill (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/newsletter/2011/june/spotlight-wetp/index.cfm) June 2011
- NIH launches largest oil spill health study (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/newsletter/2011/april/spotlight-nih/index.cfm) April 2011
- Shaping protocol for the GuLF STUDY (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/newsletter/2011/april/spotlight-shaping/index.cfm) April 2011
- NIEHS reaches out in New Orleans (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/newsletter/2011/march/spotlight-niehs-reaches/index.cfm) March 2011
- Aubrey Miller to speak on Gulf oil spill response (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/newsletter/2011/march/spotlight-aubrey/index.cfm) March 2011
- Oil spill update - NIEHS activities in the Gulf (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/newsletter/2011/january/spotlight-oil.cfm) January 2011
- WETP gets “back to basics” (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/newsletter/2010/december/spotlight-wetp.cfm) December 2010
- NIEHS to fund $36 million in worker safety training (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/newsletter/2010/october/spotlight-fund.cfm) October 2010
- NIH to Launch Gulf Oil Spill Health Study October 2010
- NIEHS Joins NC Oil Spill Forum (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/newsletter/2010/september/spotlight-forum.cfm) September 2010
- Applying Superfund Expertise to the Gulf Oil Spill (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/newsletter/2010/september/spotlight-applying.cfm) September 2010
- Grantees Host Sebelius During Gulf Visit (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/newsletter/2010/august/spotlight-grantees.cfm) August 2010
- 30 Year Old Research Still Resonates (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/newsletter/2010/july/science-30.cfm) July 2010
- NIEHS Oil Spill Response Intensifies (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/newsletter/2010/july/spotlight-niehs.cfm) July 2010
- NIEHS and OSHA Lead Oil Spill Worker Safety Efforts (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/newsletter/2010/june/spotlight-spill.cfm) June 2010
April 11, 2014 - GuLF STUDY Gears Up for Second Round of Health Exams
October 02, 2012 - Final opportunities to enroll in NIH oil spill health study
September 24, 2012 - Media Advisory: Last chance to enroll in NIH oil spill health study
May 22, 2012 - Surgeon General invites oil spill workers to join the NIH GuLF STUDY
April 09, 2012 - Lead NIH scientist for GuLF STUDY available for interviews
February 29, 2012 - More than 10,000 participants have joined the GuLF STUDY: NIH seeking thousands more oil spill workers to find potential health effects of spill
July 07, 2011 - NIH-funded research network to explore oil spill health effects
February 28, 2011 - NIH launches largest oil spill health study
February 23, 2011 - Media Advisory: Largest oil spill health study to launch along Gulf Coast
September 23, 2010 - NIEHS to Fund $36 Million in Worker Safety Training