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Your Environment. Your Health.

Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers

Scientific collaboration and cutting-edge technologies can advance environmental health sciences. The NIEHS Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) Core Centers Program facilitates these collaborations by funding institutional infrastructure to support scientific equipment, facilities, and other resources that can be shared among environmental health researchers. By pursuing shared research questions, the EHS Core Centers identify emerging issues that advance understanding about how pollutants and other environmental factors affect human biology and may lead to disease.

Currently, there are more than 20 centers across the country. Each center has its own strategic vision and scientific focus, but all share four common goals: advancing scientific research; promoting community engagement; advancing translational research; and training new researchers.

  • High School Scientist at NIEHS-funded Program Wins Big

    High School Scientist at NIEHS-funded Program Wins Big

    A high school senior won $175,000 in prize money at a science research competition for her study on the health effects of e-cigarettes. The student, Natalia Orlovsky, collaborated with Jeffrey Field, Ph.D., who directs the Teen Research and Education and Environmental Science (TREES) program, which is a part of the Center for Excellence in Environmental Toxicology at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Lung Stem Cells Repair Airways After Injury

    Lung Stem Cells Repair Airways After Injury

    University of Iowa (UI) researchers have identified a new population of lung stem cells that appear to be important for repairing the airway following severe injury. The finding may help develop treatments for airway diseases, such as asthma and cystic fibrosis. (Photo courtesy of Cell Stem Cell)
  • ​CURES Center Member Wins “AI for Earth” Award to Address Environmental Issues​

    CURES Center Member Wins “AI for Earth” Award to Address Environmental Issues

    A team of Wayne State University (WSU) researchers have received the “AI for Earth” Azure Award from Microsoft. The award will provide WSU researchers access to innovative data science, spatial analysis, and visualization tools to examine how pollutants contaminate Michigan water supplies.
  • long haul trucks on a highway road

    Rutgers Community Engagement Core Helps Improve Air Near Schools

    With help from the Rutgers University Community Engagement Core, residents of Elizabeth, New Jersey launched a project to collect data on truck traffic and air pollution. They identified two locations along walking routes to local schools where more than 60 trucks passed per hour, leading to increased amounts of air pollution. Based on these results, Elizabeth now prohibits truck traffic on a portion of that route.
  • Aerial shot of the New York City skyline

    Use of Dirty Heating Oil in NYC Concentrated Uptown

    Columbia University researchers conducted interviews with New York City (NYC) building owners, policy makers, and bank lenders to shed light on why some residential buildings in Northern Manhattan continue to burn fuels that produce high levels of air pollution, despite incentives to switch to cleaner fuels.

About Core Centers

About the EHS Core Centers Program

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The EHS Core Centers Program brings together researchers to tackle related environmental health questions.

Community Engagement Cores

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Community Engagement Cores translate and disseminate Center research results into information community members, decision makers, and public health professionals can use to protect and improve public health.

Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers Grantees

Map of Grantee Centers

There are more than 20 EHS Core Centers around the country, many of which have a long history of NIEHS support.

Center Spotlight

High School Scientist at NIEHS-funded Program Wins Big

Natalia Orlovsky pointing to a poster board

A high school senior won $175,000 in prize money at a science research competition for her study on the health effects of e-cigarettes. The student, Natalia Orlovsky, collaborated with Jeffrey Field, Ph.D., who directs the Teen Research and Education and Environmental Science (TREES) program, which is a part of the Center for Excellence in Environmental Toxicology at the University of Pennsylvania.

CURES Center Member Wins “AI for Earth” Award to Address Environmental Issues

Two researchers from Wayne State University standing in a lab

A team of Wayne State University (WSU) researchers have received the “AI for Earth” Azure Award from Microsoft. The award will provide WSU researchers access to innovative data science, spatial analysis, and visualization tools to examine how pollutants contaminate Michigan water supplies.

Lung Stem Cells Repair Airways After Injury

microscopic cells

University of Iowa (UI) researchers have identified a new population of lung stem cells that appear to be important for repairing the airway following severe injury. The finding may help develop treatments for airway diseases, such as asthma and cystic fibrosis. Funded in part by the UI Environmental Health Science Research Center, the research aligns with the Center’s focus on environmental lung disease. (Photo courtesy of Cell Stem Cell)

Rutgers Community Engagement Core Helps Improve Air Near Schools

Long haul trucks on a highway road

With help from the Rutgers University Community Engagement Core, residents of Elizabeth, New Jersey launched a project to collect data on truck traffic and air pollution. They identified two locations along walking routes to local schools where more than 60 trucks passed per hour, leading to increased amounts of air pollution. Based on these results, Elizabeth now prohibits truck traffic on a portion of that route.

Use of Dirty Heating Oil in NYC Concentrated Uptown

An aerial shot of New York City

Columbia University researchers conducted interviews with New York City (NYC) building owners, policy makers, and bank lenders to shed light on why some residential buildings in Northern Manhattan continue to burn fuels that produce high levels of air pollution, despite incentives to switch to cleaner fuels. The researchers proposed greater financial incentives and other changes to the NYC Clean Heat Program to encourage more buildings to use natural gas.

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