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Your Environment. Your Health.

History

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. Exposure science, sensor devices, bioinformatics, and predictive toxicology are all tools of modern research only imagined by the NIEHS pioneers. New approaches in epigenetics, exposure phenotyping, and interdisciplinary and translational research promise to leverage 50 years of scientific rigor into heightened awareness and fresh understanding.

As the institute moves forward, our overall goal is to make NIEHS, including the National Toxicology Program, the foremost trusted source of environmental health knowledge, leading the field in innovation and the application of research to solve health problems.

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