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Your Environment. Your Health.

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, USA

Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Children’s Environmental Health

The mission of the NIEHS is to discover how the environment affects people in order to promote healthier lives. In the area of children’s environmental health, NIEHS supports a number of local and international research projects that are examining the effects of air pollution, metals, pesticides, and other environmental contaminants on children’s health. NIEHS’ extensive research program in children’s environmental health has increased our understanding of the unique vulnerability of developing children to harmful environmental exposures and helped to guide the development of protective measures for children in the United States and around the world.

As a hub in an international network of children’s environmental health researchers, the NIEHS is assisting the WHO by:

  • Promoting international cooperation among environmental health research institutes around the world.
  • Promoting global awareness of emerging issues in children’s environmental health.
  • Preparing training materials and supporting education and training efforts in environmental and occupational health sciences.
Centre contacts
John Balbus, M.D., M.P.H.
Senior Advisor for Public Health
Director, NIEHS-WHO Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health Sciences
john.balbus@nih.gov
Kimberly Gray, Ph.D.
Health Scientist Administrator
gray6@niehs.nih.gov
Michelle L. Heacock, Ph.D.
Health Scientist Administrator
heacockm@niehs.nih.gov
Bill Suk, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Director, Superfund Research Program
Division Extramural Research and Training
suk@niehs.nih.gov
Mail address NIEHS
P.O. Box 12233, MD K3-04
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27709
Other research and training locations NIEHS Bethesda Campus, Maryland
Website link http://www.niehs.nih.gov/research/programs/geh/partnerships/
Collaborators U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
World Health Organization
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
Fogarty International Center
Chemicals/Exposures studied Air pollution, metals, endocrine disrupting compounds, pesticides, mixtures
Health or social effects studied Respiratory disease, autoimmune disease, cardiovascular disease, reproductive disorders, neurodevelopmental diseases
Population(s) studied See the NIEHS-Funded Epidemiology Resources webpage
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