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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.

  • Anna Goodman Hoover, Ph.D.

    Assessing Community Knowledge about Water Quality to Improve Health

    Anna Goodman Hoover, Ph.D., is assessing Appalachian Kentuckians’ water-related environmental health literacy. She says that providing residents with useful information to protect their health first requires understanding their knowledge and perceptions of water-related issues. The project is supported by a pilot grant from the University of Kentucky Center for Appalachian Research in Environmental Sciences (UK-CARES), which is funded by NIEHS
  • Melissa Smarr, Ph.D.

    Smarr is the First to Examine Whether Using a Common Pain Relief Drug During Pregnancy Affects Fetal Growth

    Melissa Smarr, Ph.D., was featured in Pediatrics Research for her work examining the effects of acetaminophen use during pregnancy on fetal growth. Her study is the first to investigate this link. Smarr is a member of the NIEHS-funded HERCULES Exposome Research Center at Emory University.
  • Lauren Petrick, Ph.D.

    Petrick Expands Metabolomics Research with Core Center Support

    Lauren Petrick, Ph.D., identifies how molecular signatures in the body can tell a more complete story about prenatal and neonatal chemical exposures. She is a member of the NIEHS-funded Mount Sinai Transdisciplinary Center on Early Environmental Exposures.
  • Malden Works Team 2019

    A Revitalized Riverfront in Malden is Underway Thanks to Leventhal City Prize

    Led by NIEHS grantee Kathleen Vandiver, Ph.D., a team of environmental advocates, community leaders, and government officials will create a public space along the Malden River in Massachusetts to improve community health and recreation opportunities. The effort is funded by the Norman B. Leventhal City Prize.

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

Assessing Community Knowledge about Water Quality to Improve Health

Anna Goodman Hoover, Ph.D.

Anna Goodman Hoover, Ph.D., is assessing Appalachian Kentuckians’ water-related environmental health literacy. She says that providing residents with useful information to protect their health first requires understanding their knowledge and perceptions of water-related issues. The project is supported by a pilot grant from the University of Kentucky Center for Appalachian Research in Environmental Sciences (UK-CARES), which is funded by NIEHS.

Smarr is the First to Examine Whether Using a Common Pain Relief Drug During Pregnancy Affects Fetal Growth

Melossa Smarr, Ph.D.

Melissa Smarr, Ph.D., was featured in Pediatrics Research for her work examining the effects of acetaminophen use during pregnancy on fetal growth. Her study is the first to investigate this link. Smarr is a member of the NIEHS-funded HERCULES Exposome Research Center at Emory University.

Petrick Expands Metabolomics Research with Core Center Support

Lauren Petrick, Ph.D.

Lauren Petrick, Ph.D., identifies how molecular signatures in the body can tell a more complete story about prenatal and neonatal chemical exposures. She is a member of the NIEHS-funded Mount Sinai Transdisciplinary Center on Early Environmental Exposures.

A Revitalized Riverfront in Malden is Underway Thanks to Leventhal City Prize

Malden Works Team (2019)
Led by NIEHS grantee Kathleen Vandiver, Ph.D., a team of environmental advocates, community leaders, and government officials will create a public space along the Malden River in Massachusetts to improve community health and recreation opportunities. The effort is funded by the Norman B. Leventhal City Prize.
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