UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility
UNC CEHS researchers, staff and students conduct outreach activities that engage community audiences and share research findings to increase knowledge about environmental health issues and improve public health.
CEHS Researcher Wins Coveted Nobel Prize in Chemistry
The UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility (CEHS) congratulates its longtime member and collaborator Dr. Aziz Sancar for winning the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. In announcing the prize, the Nobel Committee cited Dr. Sancar’s groundbreaking work revealing the mechanisms of nucleotide excision repair. Throughout his 33-year career at UNC-Chapel Hill, Dr. Sancar’s work has involved mapping the cellular mechanisms that drive DNA repair, which occurs every minute of the day in response to outside forces, such as ultraviolet (UV) radiation and other environmental factors. Learn more.
COEC Supports Local Partners through Asthma Initiatives
Asthma is a chronic lung disease that impacts 1 out of 10 North Carolina residents –particularly vulnerable populations, including African American and Native American communities and low-income households. Much of the work that the CEHS Community Outreach and Engagement Core (COEC) does to bring environmental health science information to public audiences entails partnering with health departments and other public health organizations across the state to enable trainings for nurses, social workers, and community health workers. Learn more.
Early menarche may influence aggressive breast cancer in African American women. Read more.