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Your Environment. Your Health.

Clinical Research Branch

Janet Hall
Janet E. Hall, M.D., M.S.
Clinical Director and Principal Investigator
Tel 984-287-3647
P.O. Box 12233
Mail Drop A2-03
Durham, N.C. 27709
Stavros Garantziotis, M.D.
Stavros Garantziotis, M.D.
Medical Director, NIEHS Clinical Research Unit
Tel 984-287-4412
Fax 919-541-9854
P.O. Box 12233
Mail Drop CU-01
Durham, N.C. 27709
Joan P. Packenham
Joan P. Packenham, Ph.D.
Director, NIEHS Office of Human Research Compliance (OHRC);
Tel 984-287-4413
Fax 919-541-9854
P.O. Box 12233
Mail Drop CU-02
Durham, N.C. 27709

Research Summary

  • The Office of Human Research Compliance (OHRC) supports NIEHS researchers by ensuring that human research subjects' protection is at the forefront of clinical research planning.
  • The Clinical Research Unit (CRU) permits NIEHS scientists to conduct studies that involve on-site human sample collection, analysis and functional assessment.
  • The Environmental Polymorphisms Registry (EPR) collects and stores DNA, so that NIEHS researchers can use it to study possible gene variation links to disease.
  • The NIEHS Medical Student Research Fellowships one-year research training opportunity for third-year medical students will be available for the academic year. Fellowships will begin in late summer/early fall.
doctor talking with patient

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

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
Lasker Scholar joins NIEHS

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

Support Staff

Kimberly E. Burnett-Hoke
Kim Burnett-Hoke, M.P.A.
Clinical Administrative Manager
Tel 984-287-4423
P.O. Box 12233
Mail Drop CU-01
Durham, N.C. 27709
Gail Kestner
Gail Kestner
Staff Assistant
Tel 984-287-3649
Fax 301-480-3049
P.O. Box 12233
Mail Drop A2-03
Durham, N.C. 27709
Beverly Sellers-Robinson
Beverly Sellers-Robinson
Administrative Specialist
Tel 301-451-6269
Fax 301-451-5586
10 Center Dr
Bethesda, MD 20892-1301
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