The theme of the UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility (CEHS) is translating interdisciplinary research on environmental health threats to improve public health in North Carolina. CEHS facilitates research collaborations by funding university infrastructure to support scientific equipment, facilities, and other resources that can be shared among environmental health researchers. By pursuing shared research questions, CEHS can identify emerging issues that advance understanding about how pollutants and other environmental exposures affect public health and health inequities. Our goals are:
- To disseminate knowledge and technology across interdisciplinary groups of researchers in environmental health.
- To foster outstanding translational research and outreach in three focus areas: Environmental Cancer, Cardiopulmonary Disease and Developmental Disease.
- To respond to emerging environmental threats facing North Carolinians and the nation.
CEHS Supports three Scientific Facility Cores (MAFC = Molecular Analysis Facility Core, BBFC = Biostatistics & Bioinformatics Facility Core, IHSFC = Integrated Health Sciences Facility Core) and a Community Outreach & Engagement Core (COEC). These Facility Cores work together to advance research and foster collaborations in our program’s Research Focus Areas.
The Center is funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and uses the NIEHS Strategic Plan as a guide for approaching environmental health research, with emphasis on serving the needs of North Carolinians. Leveraging the extensive resources available at UNC Chapel Hill and in the CEHS Facility Cores, the Center seeks to address state needs for environmental health exposure and fundamental research across our three Research Focus Areas. The Career Development Program in CEHS provides training and education opportunities for all Center members and especially targets new investigators. Since our state has a diverse population, economically and ethnically/racially, addressing environmental Health Disparities is crucial in the research and outreach initiatives of the Center. Most central to the CEHS mission is using Translational Science to move environmental health research from laboratory models-to-humans-to-communities, responding to our state’s needs through multidirectional Communication and Engagement that is led by our Community Outreach and Engagement Core.