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.
Having better access to primary health care may improve awareness and control of high blood pressure, according to research funded in part by NIEHS. The study was led by Brisa Aschebrook-Kilfoy, Ph.D., and Jiajun Luo, Ph.D., members of the NIEHS Environmental Health Sciences Core Center at the University of Chicago.
Beliefs in some communities that tap water poses health risks may contribute to increased bottled water use, according to a study from the NIEHS-funded Southwest Environmental Health Science Center at the University of Arizona. A better understanding of the factors driving drinking water preferences can help inform efforts to educate community members about local water quality.
Levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) were higher inside homes than outdoors during certain wildfire conditions, Environmental Health Sciences Core Center at Oregon State University from the NIEHS-funded Environmental Health Sciences Core Center at Oregon State University. The findings may inform public health messaging regarding wildfires, which currently does not account for indoor air quality.
A large-scale study on exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in humans and rodents showed consistent evidence of chemical-driven liver damage, according to Lida Chatzi, M.D., Ph.D., deputy director of the NIEHS-funded Environmental Health Sciences Core Center at the University of Southern California.