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Your Environment. Your Health.

NIEHS/EPA Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers

The NIEHS/EPA Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers, or Children’s Centers, study how complex interactions between the environment, genetics, and other factors affect children’s health. In addition to scientific studies, each center collaborates with various community partners and organizations to inform, advance, and disseminate information for public health protection.

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.

News and Highlights

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Center Develops New Method for Characterizing Chemical Exposures

Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco Pregnancy Exposures to Environmental Chemicals Children’s Center have developed a new screening method that enables detection of hundreds of chemicals in blood samples. This method may help researchers assess chemical exposures in different populations, including pregnant women, and prioritize specific chemicals for future studies.


Study in Rats Shows Developmental Exposure to Phthalates Lowers Number of Neurons, Impacts Cognitive Ability

Researchers from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Children’s Center discovered that rats exposed to an environmentally-relevant mixture of phthalates shortly before and after birth experienced a reduction in neurons, synapses, and size of their medial prefrontal cortex. They also found that exposure led to a deficit in rats’ cognitive ability to process or adapt to new or unexpected conditions.

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Center Launches Informational Webpages to Help Protect Children from Leukemia

Investigators at the University of California, Berkeley Center for Integrative Research on Childhood Leukemia and the Environment launched two new webpages using colorful infographics and relatable story-telling to share tips about protecting children from leukemia. The webpages, “Rosa and Carlos Plan a Family” and “Dirty Little Secrets About House Dust,” are available in in English and Spanish.

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Center Launches Social Impact Campaign and Video, "Know Better, Live Better"

Investigators at the Emory Center for Children’s Health, the Environment, the Microbiome, and Metabolomics launched a social impact campaign called “Know Better, Live Better.” Geared towards African American women, the campaign shares educational resources, videos, and tips to help protect mothers and their children from harmful chemical exposures.

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