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Your Environment. Your Health.

Participant Protections

Office of Human Research and Community Engagement

The mission of the Office of Human Research and Community Engagement (OHRCE) is to provide leadership, oversight, and management of a comprehensive Human Research Protection Program (HRRP) for National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) including the NIH/NIEHS Disaster Research and Response Program and to provide outreach and community engagement to vulnerable populations and communities in an effort to eradicate environmental health disparities and environmental racism and promote environmental justice for disease prevention, enhanced health resiliency, and increased health equity by:

  • Developing and implementing community-engaged research and outreach strategies for enhancing and promoting environmental public health and environmental health literacy.
  • Developing evidence-based community health interventions for improved research strategies and clinical recruitment and policy development.
  • Ensuring the appropriate protections of research participants while providing protocol navigation, study monitoring, study initiation strategies, guidance and support for researchers and study staff.
  • Providing national and international leadership in the development of human research protection resources and tools for disaster research and vulnerable communities in the midst of disaster.

The OHRCE is also involved in the following programs:


Joan P. Packenham
Joan P. Packenham, Ph.D.
Director, NIEHS Office of Human Research and Community Engagement (OHRCE);

Tel 984-287-4413
Fax 919-541-9854
Jane Lambert
Jane M. Lambert
Regulatory Affairs Specialist

Tel 984-287-4419
Fax 919-541-9854
Lynae Thomas
Lynae T. Baker, M.P.H.
Program Specialist

Tel 984-287-4414
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Christine B. Philput, Ph.D.
AAHRPP Accreditation & Quality Assurance Specialist;
Patient Protections

Tel 978-407-1348
Craig Wladyka
Craig Wladyka, M.P.A.
Protocol Coordinator;
Patient Protections

Tel 984-287-4425
Jaslyn Grullon
Jaslyn A. Grullon, M.P.H.
Scientific Program Analyst

Tel 984-287-4999

Questions and Concerns About an Ongoing Study at NIEHS

If you have any problems or questions about a study, or about your rights as a research participant, or about any research-related injury, you may contact the Principal Investigator for your study or you may also call one of the following:

NIEHS Office of Human Research and Community Engagement
Tel 919-541-4265
NIH Office of Human Subjects Research Protections
Tel 301-402-3713
6700B Rockledge Drive Suite 4300
Bethesda, MD 20897

Please note, if you send information to the email addresses above, please do not include sensitive information or personal health information.

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