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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.

  • 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.
  • Iowa Public Meeting Tackles Water Quality, Farming, Health

    Iowa Public Meeting Tackles Water Quality, Farming, Health

    A community forum, sponsored by the University of Iowa Core Center, included farm tours and a public meeting for NIEHS scientists, core center colleagues, and community members. At the forum, NIEHS and National Toxicology Program Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., and others answered questions from the community about water quality, pesticides, cancer, and more.
  • UC Davis wildfire

    UC Davis Wildfire Research Featured on Local News

    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.
  • graphic of internal organs, with liver area shaded red

    DNA Repair Enzyme Reduces Development of Liver Cancer

    University of Cincinnati researchers discovered that an enzyme involved in repairing damaged DNA also reduced the development of liver tumors in mice. Study results may help scientists develop new ways to treat liver cancer.
  • Peter Thorne, Ph.D.

    EHSRC Director Peter Thorne Talks About State-of-the-Art Lab in New Video

    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

    Gail Garbowski on Four Decades at Columbia University, Including 22 Years with the CEHNM 

    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.

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

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.

Iowa Public Meeting Tackles Water Quality, Farming, Health

o	Iowa Public Meeting Tackles Water Quality, Farming, Health
A community forum, sponsored by the University of Iowa Core Center, included farm tours and a public meeting for NIEHS scientists, core center colleagues, and community members. At the forum, NIEHS and National Toxicology Program Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., and others answered questions from the community about water quality, pesticides, cancer, and more.

UC Davis Wildfire Research Featured on Local News

UC Davis wildfire

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.

DNA Repair Enzyme Reduces Development of Liver Cancer

graphic of internal organs, with liver area shaded red
University of Cincinnati (UC) researchers discovered that an enzyme involved in repairing damaged DNA also reduced the development of liver tumors in mice. Study results may help scientists develop new ways to treat liver cancer.

EHSRC Director Peter Thorne Talks About State-of-the-Art Lab in New Video

Peter Thorne, Ph.D.

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 on Four Decades at Columbia University, Including 22 Years with the CEHNM

Gail Garbowski

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.

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