UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility

CEHS researchers, staff and students conduct outreach activities that aim to engage community audiences and share CEHS research findings in order to raise awareness about environmental health issues and improve public health.
Research Highlight

Epigenetics Leaves the Lab

The study of epigenetics, or how heritable changes in gene expression are caused by mechanisms other than DNA mutation, is increasingly the focus of environmental health sciences research, with more and more scientists finding evidence that epigenetic modifications to DNA may be contributing to certain disease outcomes. CEHS researcher Liza Makowski, PhD, is examining a potential role for epigenetics in obesity-related, basal-like breast cancer (BBC), an aggressive form of breast cancer that especially affects young and African-American women. 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

Early menarche may influence aggressive breast cancer in African American women. Read more.

UNC faculty and staff emphasize environmental health as major theme at annual statewide Asthma Summit. Read more.