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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.

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

After Two Hours, Sunscreen That Includes Zinc Oxide Loses Effectiveness, Becomes Toxic

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Sunscreen that includes zinc oxide, a common ingredient, may lose much of its effectiveness and become toxic after two hours of exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, according to a study led by Robyn Tanguay, Ph.D. Tanguay directs the NIEHS-funded Environmental Health Sciences Core Center at Oregon State University.

UK-CARES Collaborates to Offer Disaster Preparedness Toolkit for Older Adults

Storm clouds and rain, a red tornado, clouds with storm and fire - Disaster Preparedness Toolkit for Older Adults - Make a Plan, Have a Disaster Kit, Be Prepared

Members of the NIEHS-funded University of Kentucky Center for Appalachian Research in Environmental Sciences (UK-CARES) worked with community partners to develop a toolkit to help older adults prepare for disasters.

Students Help Create Resource on Heat and Health

How to survive a heatwave infographic
An eye-catching infographic teaches clinicians and the public about the health impacts of extreme heat. Local high school students translated the resource into Chinese – it is also available in Spanish. The effort was funded by the Environmental Research and Translation for Health Center at University of California, San Francisco.

Community-engaged Research Showcased in NIEHS-funded Film

Clare Cannon, Ph.D.
Clare Cannon, Ph.D., work is featured in a documentary titled “Air, Water, Blood: The Power of Community-engaged Research”.

Hahn Receives Prestigious Nursing Science Award

Ellen Hahn, Ph.D.
Ellen J. Hahn, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, received the prestigious 2021 Faye Glenn Abdellah Leadership Award, Oct. 6, from the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research.
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