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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.

  • 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.
  • Marti Lindsey, Ph.D.

    Lindsey Honored as the Michael A. Cusanovich Arizona Bioscience Educator of the Year

    Marti Lindsey, Ph.D., was named the Michael A. Cusanovich Arizona Bioscience Educator of the Year, an award honoring educators who demonstrate leadership and creativity to engage students in life sciences. Lindsey ’s work spans more than 18 years at the University of Arizona, where she directs the Community Engagement Core in the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center.
  • Image of young woman vaping outdoors and blowing out smoke

    University of Rochester Researchers Discuss Vaping-Related Lung Injury on the Today Show 

    University of Rochester Environmental Health Sciences Center members Daniel Croft, M.D., M.P.H., and Irfan Rahman, Ph.D., were featured on a Today Show segment about vaping-related lung injury. In the segment, Rahman is shown working in his lab while Croft discussed the symptoms associated with this condition.
  • The book cover for

    New Book Examines Collaboration to Address Environmental Health Issues

    A new book, “Bridging Silos: Collaborating for Environmental Health and Justice in Urban Communities,” examines ways that community groups, government agencies, academic institutions, and private institutions can collaborate to address environmental health disparities. Bridging Silos was written by Katrina Smith Korfmacher, Ph.D., of the University of Rochester Environmental Health Sciences Center.
  • The Emory study team collects soil samples at a HWG garden

    A Community-Engaged Pilot Study Leads to EPA Site Investigation

    Emory University’s HERCULES Exposome Research Center funded a community-engaged study to investigate urban soil contamination in Atlanta, Georgia. The study led to an U.S. Environmental Protection Agency site investigation. This outcome shows how engaging communities in studies may strengthen science and expand its impact.
  • Headshot of John Meeker, Sc.D.

    Meeker Discusses PFAS in Food on NPR

    John Meeker, Sc.D., talks about food as a source of exposure to perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) on Issues of the Environment, a weekly radio segment on Eastern Michigan’s National Public Radio (NPR) station. Meeker is deputy director of the Core Center at the University of Michigan (UM) and a project leader at the UM Children's Environmental Health Center.

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

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.

Lindsey Honored as the Michael A. Cusanovich Arizona Bioscience Educator of the Year

Marti Lindsey, Ph.D.
Marti Lindsey, Ph.D., was named the Michael A. Cusanovich Arizona Bioscience Educator of the Year, an award honoring educators who demonstrate leadership and creativity to engage students in life sciences. Lindsey ’s work spans more than 18 years at the University of Arizona (UAZ), where she directs the Community Engagement Core in the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center.

University of Rochester Researchers Discuss Vaping-Related Lung Injury on the Today Show

Picture of young woman vaping and blowing out smoke

University of Rochester Environmental Health Sciences Center members Daniel Croft, M.D., M.P.H., and Irfan Rahman, Ph.D., were featured on a Today Show segment about vaping-related lung injury. In the segment, Rahman is shown working in his lab while Croft discussed the symptoms associated with this condition.

Rahman uses cell, mouse, and human studies to investigate how flavoring chemicals used in vaping devices affect lung health. He also analyzes vaping liquid collected from patients and hospitals around the world to better understand its chemical makeup. Croft, a clinician researcher who focuses on inhalation toxicology, helps interpret the clinical relevance of findings from the lab and collaborates on a study to better understand respiratory effects in people who vape.

New Book Examines Collaboration to Address Environmental Health Issues

The book cover for
A new book, “Bridging Silos: Collaborating for Environmental Health and Justice in Urban Communities,” examines ways that community groups, government agencies, academic institutions, and private institutions can collaborate to address environmental health disparities. Written by Katrina Smith Korfmacher, Ph.D., of the University of Rochester Environmental Health Sciences Center, the book presents in-depth studies of three efforts to address long-standing environmental health issues: childhood lead poisoning in Rochester, New York; unhealthy built environments in Duluth, Minnesota; and pollution related to commercial ports and international trade in Southern California. The book is available for free download through MIT Press's Open Access initiative.

A Community-Engaged Pilot Study Leads to EPA Site Investigation

The Emory study team collects soil samples at a HWG garden site
Emory University’s HERCULES Exposome Research Center funded a community-engaged study to investigate urban soil contamination in Atlanta, Georgia. The study led to an U.S. Environmental Protection Agency site investigation. This outcome shows how engaging communities in studies may strengthen science and expand its impact.

Meeker Discusses PFAS in Food on NPR

Headshot of John Meeker, Sc.D.
John Meeker, Sc.D., talks about food as a source of exposure to perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) on Issues of the Environment, a weekly radio segment on Eastern Michigan’s National Public Radio (NPR) station. Meeker is deputy director of the Core Center at the University of Michigan (UM) and a project leader at the UM Children's Environmental Health Center.
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