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.
Research Highlight

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.

Outreach Highlight

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.

News & Events

Dr. Stephen Hursting

Center Research wins NCI Outstanding Investigator Award.

Stephen Hursting, PhD, professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and the UNC Nutrition Research Institute, has received a prestigious National Cancer Institute (NCI) Outstanding Investigator Award (OIA). This award recognizes and provides stable funding for cancer research with breakthrough potential. Learn more.