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Research Funded by NIEHS - Division of Extramural Research and Training

NIEHS funds a substantial portfolio of research in the field of environmental health sciences conducted by investigators in many disciplines from various organizations. These research activities span the range from basic mechanistic research to clinical and epidemiologic studies using human subjects. NIEHS-supported investigators are currently determining how environmental agents cause or exacerbate a variety of human diseases. NIEHS is also committed to developing the next generation of environmental health scientists by supporting a variety of interdisciplinary training programs.

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Highlights

  • Up close shot of a microscope's various objective lens
    High School Teacher's Research Experience Benefits Students
    Tyler Beach spent a summer conducting environmental health research at the University of Rochester thanks to support from an NIEHS administrative supplement grant.
  • Picture of a school bus waiting in traffic
    Researchers Partner with Community to Study Traffic-related Air Pollutants at Schools
    Patrick Ryan, Ph.D., is examining the impact of traffic-related pollutants on asthma in inner-city schools through a community-based research project called the Cincinnati Anti-Idling Campaign study
  • Child blowing his nose into a tissue with flowers in the background
    Wearable Monitor Tracks Individual Exposures to Air Pollutions
    A wearable monitor developed by NIEHS grantee Nongjian (NJ) Tao, Ph.D., tracks and transmits real-time information on multiple air pollution components to which a person comes in contact.
  • A woman wearing protective clothing at the beach putting sunscreen on her arm
    Undergraduate Researchers Contribute to Melanoma Research
    James Hoerter, Ph.D., is working to understand the causes of melanoma, a type of skin cancer that claims around 8,000 lives each year in the United States
  • a half burned lit cigarette sitting in an ash trey
    ONES Awardee Studies Ion Channels Activated by Environmental Irritants
    Sven-Eric Jordt, Ph.D., investigates sensory neuron ion channels called transient receptor potential (TRP) channels.


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Areas of Research Focus


Landmark Programs

The Institute's extramural division supports a variety of programs and centers to address a range of environmental health issues and to better understand how environmental agents cause or exacerbate human diseases and disorders.

 

Careers & Training

The NIEHS develops future leaders in environmental health science through programs that help train new scientists and offer career development opportunities at universities and other institutions across the country. These programs include career development awards, individual fellowships, institutional training grants, loan repayment programs, and funding that helps attract particular groups to environmental science research.

We encourage you to learn more about NIEHS-supported predoctoral and postdoctoral training and career development opportunities.

 

Disease Research

The Institute's extramural division supports a variety of programs and centers to address a range of environmental health issues and to better understand how environmental agents cause or exacerbate human diseases and disorders, including the following:

  • Autism (http://www.niehs.nih.govhttp://edit:9992/Rhythmyx/assembler/render?sys_authtype=0&sys_variantid=567&sys_revision=2&sys_contentid=79572&sys_context=0)
  • Autoimmune Disease and Immunotoxicology (http://www.niehs.nih.govhttp://edit:9992/Rhythmyx/assembler/render?sys_authtype=0&sys_variantid=567&sys_revision=2&sys_contentid=79573&sys_context=0)
  • Cardiovascular Disease (http://www.niehs.nih.govhttp://edit:9992/Rhythmyx/assembler/render?sys_authtype=0&sys_variantid=567&sys_revision=3&sys_contentid=79581&sys_context=0)
  • Children's Diseases (http://www.niehs.nih.govhttp://edit:9992/Rhythmyx/assembler/render?sys_authtype=0&sys_variantid=567&sys_revision=3&sys_contentid=79584&sys_context=0)
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases (http://www.niehs.nih.govhttp://edit:9992/Rhythmyx/assembler/render?sys_authtype=0&sys_variantid=567&sys_revision=2&sys_contentid=79590&sys_context=0)
  • Neurodevelopmental Diseases (http://www.niehs.nih.govhttp://edit:9992/Rhythmyx/assembler/render?sys_authtype=0&sys_variantid=567&sys_revision=2&sys_contentid=79589&sys_context=0)
  • Obesity and Diabetes (http://www.niehs.nih.govhttp://edit:9992/Rhythmyx/assembler/render?sys_authtype=0&sys_variantid=567&sys_revision=2&sys_contentid=79592&sys_context=0)
  • Reproductive System Disorders (http://www.niehs.nih.govhttp://edit:9992/Rhythmyx/assembler/render?sys_authtype=0&sys_variantid=567&sys_revision=2&sys_contentid=79593&sys_context=0)

 

Exposure Research

Single or multiple environmental exposures throughout the lifespan can influence the prevalence and severity of diseases. NIEHS-funded researchers are studying the health effects of exposure to air pollution, endocrine disruptors, nanomaterials, and other contaminants. Grantees are also identifying critical windows of susceptibility, studying combined exposures, and developing new ways to measure personal environmental exposures over time.

  • Air Pollution (http://www.niehs.nih.govhttp://edit:9992/Rhythmyx/assembler/render?sys_authtype=0&sys_variantid=567&sys_revision=1&sys_contentid=79607&sys_context=0)
  • Endocrine Disruptors (http://www.niehs.nih.govhttp://edit:9992/Rhythmyx/assembler/render?sys_authtype=0&sys_variantid=567&sys_revision=2&sys_contentid=79608&sys_context=0)
  • Exposure Biology and the Exposome (http://www.niehs.nih.govhttp://edit:9992/Rhythmyx/assembler/render?sys_authtype=0&sys_variantid=567&sys_revision=11&sys_contentid=25083&sys_context=0)
  • Mixtures (http://www.niehs.nih.govhttp://edit:9992/Rhythmyx/assembler/render?sys_authtype=0&sys_variantid=567&sys_revision=2&sys_contentid=79609&sys_context=0)
  • Nanotechnology


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