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.
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.
Working with the University of Pennsylvania Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology Community Engagement Core (CEC), a group of high school students created an environmental health equity quilt to express their concerns about environmental injustice in their community. The quilt was selected to be featured in the National Academy of Medicine’s nationwide community art project, Visualize Health Equity.
NIEHS-funded researchers from Texas A&M University have identified a group of potential substitutes for bisphenol A (BPA), an endocrine disrupting chemical found in water bottles and other common consumer products.
NIEHS grantee Joel Kaufman, M.D., is lead author of the best environmental epidemiology paper published in 2016, according to the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE). The study shared significant findings from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis and Air Pollution (MESA Air) about how exposure to air pollution can lead to cardiovascular disease. Kaufman is a member of the Interdisciplinary Center for Exposures, Diseases, Genomics and Environment (EDGE) at the University of Washington.
Research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill EHS Core Center estimates that future climate change, if left unaddressed, will significantly increase premature deaths associated with air pollution.
University of Cincinnati Community Engagement Core members provide testing kits for eastern Ohio students to collect, sample, and analyze local water.