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.
The EHS Core Centers Program brings together researchers to tackle related environmental health questions.
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.
There are more than 20 EHS Core Centers around the country, many of which have a long history of NIEHS support.
On a local TV news segment, scientists with the University of California, Davis Core Center discuss their research to examine the health effects of the 2018 Camp Fire. The segment features Center Director, Irva Hertz-Picciotto, Ph.D., who studies the long-term health effects of wildfires, and center member Rebecca Schmidt, Ph.D., who studies how exposures from the wildfire may affect the health of pregnant women and their babies.
In a one-minute video, Peter Thorne, Ph.D., director of the Environmental Health Sciences Research Center (EHSRC) at the University of Iowa, talks about how a new state-of-the-art lab will advance Center research and facilitate scientific collaboration.
Gail Garbowski, administrator of the Columbia University Center for Environmental Health in Northern Manhattan (CEHNM), is featured in a news story highlighting her four decades of work at Columbia University – including 22 years with the CEHNM. As CEHNM administrator, Garbowski organizes events, monitors the budget, prepares grant reports, and translates Center research findings so they can be understood by community members.