The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) has come a long way in making environmental health research responsive to the needs and concerns of the American people and making environment part of the public health debate. Environmental justice is an everlasting core value for NIEHS research. Preventing disease by acknowledging and managing our environment continues to be a source of motivation and purpose for the NIEHS staff and our research partners.

In 2016, as we celebrated 50 years of environmental health research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), past achievements are acknowledged as a light shining on the future.