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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.

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

New Video Raises Awareness of Detroit’s Environmental Health Issues

CURES at Wayne State University
A new video highlights how NIEHS grantees are raising awareness of the environmental health issues in Detroit. The video was created by the Center for Urban Responses to Environmental Stressors (CURES) at Wayne State University.

Catherine Karr Praised for Contributions to Improving Children’s Health in The Lancet

Dr. Catherine Karr and child
Catherine Karr, M.D., Ph.D., is working to improve children’s health using a community engaged approach. A recent article in The Lancet lauds her for her accomplishments.

Testing the Safety of Cinnamon Flavoring in E-Cigarettes


In a study done on the health effects of e-cigarette flavoring, researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) find that compounds that are safe to eat may have harmful effects on the lung’s defense system when inhaled.

Early-Life Exposure to Fracking Chemicals May Damage Immune System


Maternal exposure to chemicals used in unconventional oil and gas extraction, also known as fracking, affected immune system function in mice, according to a new study by NIEHS grantees from the University of Rochester Medical Center.

HERCULES Center Director Gary Miller Featured on Big Picture Science

Gary Miller

HERCULES Center Director Gary Miller, Ph.D., answered questions about the exposome and why it matters to human health on a recent episode of Big Picture Science, a weekly radio show and podcast of the SETI Institute.

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