Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Children’s Environmental Health

Researchers at the Center for Applied Research in Environment and Health (CAREH) at the Autonomous University of San Luis Potosí develop evidence-based intervention programs with the goal to reduce exposure to environmental contaminants through social development and peace-building programs. CAREH research focuses on improving human and environmental health in vulnerable communities, such the surrounding indigenous populations and communities facing contamination from nearby mining operations, hazardous waste sites, or urban pollutants.

As a hub in an international network of researchers committed to advancing children’s environmental health, CAREH is:

  • Assisting WHO in the development of Institutional Environmental Health Units, with an emphasis on children’s health.
  • Organizing training programs on health risk assessment.
  • Developing guidelines, manuals, and methodologies for the assessment of human exposure to environmental pollutants, particularly persistent organic pollutants, persistent toxic substances, metals, and pesticides.
Centre Contact
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Dr. Fernando Díaz-Barriga
Director, CAREH WHO Centre
[email protected]
Mail Address Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí,
Avenida Venustiano Carranza No. 2405, Col Lomas los Filtros
Código Postal 78214, San Luis Potosi, SLP, Mexico
Other Research and Training Locations Community center in Tocoy, San Luis Potosí (an indigenous community in the La Huasteca Region).
Website Links
Collaborators Universities in Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, and Brazil
University of Arizona, USA
University of Illinois, USA
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, USA
Chemicals/Exposures Studied Persistent organic pollutants, volatile organic compounds, heavy metals, fluoride, and some pesticides
Health or Social Effects Studied Genotoxicity, cognitive problems, and lung effects
Population(s) Studied Children, mothers, indigenous communities, and communities near hazardous waste sites and/or mining operations



  • Espinosa-Reyes G, González-Mille DJ, Ilizaliturri-Hernández C, Mejía-Saavedra J, Cilia-López VG, Costilla-Salazar R, Díaz-Barriga F. 2014. Effect of mining activities in biotic communities of Villa de la Paz, San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Biomed Res Int 2014:165046; doi: 10.1155/2014/165046.
  • Maier RM, Díaz-Barriga F, Field JA, Hopkins J, Klein B, Poulton MM.  2014. Socially responsible mining: the relationship between mining and poverty, human health and the environment. Rev Environ Health 29(1-2):83-89; doi: 10.1515/reveh-2014-0022.
  • Pelallo-Martínez NA, Batres-Esquivel L, Carrizales-Yáñez L, Díaz-Barriga FM. 2014. Genotoxic and hematological effects in children exposed to a chemical mixture in a petrochemical area in Mexico. Arch Environ Contam Toxicol 67(1):1-8; doi: 10.1007/s00244-014-9999-4.