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Your Environment. Your Health.

About the EHS Core Centers Program

Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers

The EHS Core Centers Program funds centralized scientific resources and facilities that are shared among researchers at a single institution. The team science environment fosters innovation and productivity beyond what individual scientists are likely to achieve. Each center is built around an overall strategic research vision and includes:

  • An Administrative Core,
  • An Integrated Health Sciences Facility Core,
  • A Community Engagement Core,
  • Other optional facility cores.

Components interact to address the vision and central questions of the center. Click on a component to learn more about its role within a center.

EHS Core Centers About Graphic TRS Facility Cores Community Engagement Science Themes Career Development Pilot Projects Administrative Core

Click on the graphic below to learn more about each component's role within a center.

EHS Core Centers About Graphic

Goals of an EHS Core Center

Advance Scientific Research:

Centers provide a collaborative environment for researchers to exchange ideas and perspectives. Access to Facility Cores drives the development of new techniques and methodologies. This team approach to science leads to novel, innovative research that would be difficult for a researcher to accomplish on his or her own.

Promote Community Engagement

Community Engagement Cores (CECs) translate and disseminate center research results into information community members, decision makers, public health professionals, and educators can use to protect and improve public health. This is accomplished by sharing research findings with community partners and conveying concerns back to center researchers so they are aware of the issues important to the community.

Advance Translational Research

Specialized cores called Integrated Health Science Facility Cores (IHSFCs) promote collaboration among basic scientists, clinical researchers, community engagement experts, and public health practitioners. These collaborations facilitate translation of basic mechanistic and toxicological research into knowledge and information that can be used to improve public health or clinical practices.

Support the Next Generation

Centers provide young investigators with the training, mentoring, resources, and opportunities necessary to enhance their skills to become independent and successful researchers.

Core Centers Evaluation Documents

An evaluation of the EHS Core Center program was completed in 2015 with the involvement of an Evaluation Advisory Subcommittee. The final evaluation report from the Subcommittee and the executive summary are provided below.

Program Team

Program Director

Claudia Thompson
Claudia Thompson, Ph.D.
Branch Chief;
Population Health Branch
Tel 984-287-3330
Fax 919-541-4937
P.O. Box 12233
Mail Drop K3-04
Durham, N.C. 27709

CEC Coordinator

Liam R. O'Fallon
Liam O'Fallon, M.A.
Health Specialist
P.O. Box 12233
Mail Drop K3-12
Durham, N.C. 27709

Tel 984-287-3298
Fax 919-316-4606
Toccara Chamberlain
Toccara A. Chamberlain
Health Specialist
530 Davis Dr
530 Davis Drive (Keystone Bldg)
Durham, NC 27713
Tel 984-287-4482
Varsha Shukla
Varsha Shukla, Ph.D.
Scientific Review Officer
P.O. Box 12233
Mail Drop K3-05
Durham, N.C. 27709

Tel 984-287-3288
Fax 301-480-5217
Williams, James
James R. Williams
Lead Grants Management Officer
P.O. Box 12233
Mail Drop K3-05
Durham, N.C. 27709

Tel 984-287-3338
Fax 919-541-2860
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