NIEHS is proud to announce re-designation as a WHO Collaborating Centre (WHOCC) through 2021. NIEHS’s role as a WHOCC will assist WHO in promoting international cooperation among environmental health research institutes around the world; assist WHO in promoting global awareness of emerging issues in environmental health; and assist WHO in the preparation of training materials as well as education and training efforts in the environmental and occupational health sciences.
NIEHS will support WHO in the following focus areas:
- Children’s Environmental Health
- Environmental Factors and Non-Communicable Diseases
- Health Consequences of Weather and Climate Extremes
- Chemical Risk Assessment Network
Under these areas, NIEHS will continue work on existing projects focused on electronic waste, indoor air pollution, and the developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD). The Institute also plans to expand work into new and emerging areas, such as chronic kidney disease. Training and capacity building remains an important cross-cutting theme and NIEHS efforts will continue to focus on providing training to researchers in these important focus areas.
The full WHO Workplan and Terms of Reference are available at: apps.who.int/whocc