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Your Environment. Your Health.

About the Children’s Centers

NIEHS/EPA Children's Environmental Health & Disease Prevention Research Centers

Since 1998, the NIEHS/EPA Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers, or Children’s Centers, have studied how individual, regional, national, and global environmental exposures affect children’s health.

The Children’s Centers study how complex interactions between the environment, genetics, and other factors affect children’s health. In addition to these scientific studies, each center has a special team of researchers in their Community Outreach Translation Core (COTC). COTC members collaborate with different community partners and organizations to inform and advance science for public health protection. Additionally, each center has a designated physician scientist who helps ensure that research is translated into practical information for health care providers. The centers also foster the next generation of environmental health scientists through career development activities for of new and junior-level faculty members.

By combining scientific research and community engagement, the Children’s Centers have developed a national network of researchers, health care professionals, and community-based groups. This network is addressing how exposure to environmental toxicants and living in unhealthy environments may contribute to a wide range of adverse health outcomes, such as:

  • Impaired growth
  • Poor birth outcomes that may result in increased risk of chronic diseases later in life, like cancer and metabolic disorders
  • Impaired nervous system development that may lead to behavioral and learning deficits
  • Respiratory dysfunction
  • Immune dysfunction
  • Endocrine disruption that may result in systemic disorders

Program Contacts

NIEHS Program Staff

Program Lead for Children's Environmental Health

Kimberly Ann Gray
Kimberly Gray, Ph.D.
Health Scientist Administrator
530 Davis Dr
Keystone Building
Durham, NC 27713
Tel 984-287-3262

Program Lead for Outreach and Translation

Liam R. O'Fallon
Liam O'Fallon, M.A.
Health Specialist
P.O. Box 12233
Mail Drop K3-12
Durham, N.C. 27709

Tel 984-287-3298
Fax 919-316-4606

NIEHS Grants Management

Gittleman, Barbara
Barbara J. Gittleman
Grants Management Officer
530 Davis Dr
Keystone Building
Durham, NC 27713
Tel 984-287-3261
Fax 301-480-2908

EPA Program Staff

Nica Louie
USEPA Headquarters
William Jefferson Clinton Building
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20460
Tel 202-564-7633
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