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Your Environment. Your Health.

Clinical Research Branch

Janet Hall
Janet E. Hall, M.D., M.S.
Clinical Director and Senior Investigator;
Chair - Clinical Advisory Committee (CAC)
Tel 984-287-3647
P.O. Box 12233
Mail Drop A2-03
Durham, N.C. 27709
Clinical Research Branch

Research Summary

Many human diseases result from environmental exposures that can affect individuals who are genetically susceptible to the development of a disease. NIEHS has an active research program that investigates the mechanisms of such diseases. The mission of the Clinical Research Branch is to enhance NIEHS-led research by:

  • Translating basic laboratory findings to humans
  • Studying interactions between genetic susceptibility (host factors) and environmental factors in the pathogenesis of complex human traits and diseases
  • Identifying populations at risk and developing novel preventative and therapeutic strategies to combat human diseases
  • View all Clinical Studies performed by NIEHS

The Clinical Research Branch pursues this mission by:

  • Developing resources and systems for NIEHS investigators involved in the conduct of human investigation
  • Fostering growth in clinical research and building new areas of collaboration between basic and clinical scientists
  • Providing an effective interface between investigators, health care professionals, the clinical research unit and other clinical facilities in the Research Triangle Park area.
  • Developing and conducting clinical research educational programs for investigators, coordinators and administrators
  • Minimizing obstacles to translational research at NIEHS
This NIH Intramural Research Program video discusses Hall’s research. Learn more at: A Broken Link in the Chain.

The Clinical Research Branch supports multiple NIEHS research groups that focus on a wide variety of environmental conditions including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, reproductive diseases, neurological disorders, cancer, and many others. The branch’s ultimate goal is to combat environmentally-induced human disease in three substantive ways:

  • Developing better diagnostic tools to identify high risk populations for environmentally induced diseases
  • Developing novel therapeutic strategies
  • Developing novel preventative strategies

Key Components of the Clinical Research Branch

Support Staff

Gail Kestner
Gail Kestner
Staff Assistant

Tel 984-287-3649
Fax 301-480-3049
Beverly Sellers-Robinson
Beverly Sellers-Robinson
Administrative Specialist

Tel 301-451-6269
Fax 301-451-5586
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