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Your Environment. Your Health.

Centers for Children's Environmental Health & Disease Prevention Research

Program Lead

Kimberly Ann Gray
Kimberly Ann Gray, Ph.D. (
Health Scientist Administrator
Tel (919) 541-0293
Fax (919) 316-4606
P.O. Box 12233
Mail Drop K3-12
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27709
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Program Description

Children are particularly vulnerable to the negative health effects of environmental toxins because their brains and bodies are still developing. Through the Centers for Children's Environmental Health & Disease Prevention Research, NIEHS funds promising research to help alleviate the burden of children's health problems that are associated with environmental contaminants.


The centers bring together scientists from a variety of disciplines to examine how genes and environment interact to cause diseases, such as asthma and leukemia. Researchers at the centers also investigate how being exposed to specific chemicals, for instance, pesticides and bisphenol A (BPA), might affect children's health.


Ultimately, the centers aim to develop strategies to prevent, detect, and treat environmentally related health conditions and to communicate these strategies to families, health professionals, and policy makers


Researchers at the centers work to engage affected communities in research activities and inform the public about the implications of research findings. Each center also has a designated physician scientist who ensures that the research findings are translated into practical information for health care providers. The centers are also dedicated to fostering the next generation of environmental health scientists.


Some centers have received funding from NIEHS for 10 years or more; these established centers have yielded many important insights on children's environmental health. Others, including 3-year formative centers, were awarded funding more recently. All of the research centers are well-positioned to take advantage of emerging areas of science, innovative technologies, and new approaches.


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Additional Program Contacts

Cindy Lawler
Cindy Lawler, Ph.D. (
Branch Chief

Tel (919) 316-4671
Fax (919) 541-0462
Symma Finn, Ph.D.
Symma Finn, Ph.D.
Health Scientist Administrator
Tel (919) 541-4258

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