Welcome to the Institute for Environmental Health Solutions (IEHS)
The Institute for Environmental Health Solutions (IEHS) is aimed at protecting those who are particularly vulnerable to diseases caused by environmental factors, putting solutions directly into the hands of individuals and communities of North Carolina and beyond.
Carolina-focused Mission: To enhance team science at UNC-Chapel Hill and promote competitiveness for increased grant funding across the school.
Members of Dr. Rebecca Fry’s team at the Institute for Environmental Health Solutions are (l-r) Zamira Gleason, Dr. Hazel Nichols, Dr. Miroslav (Mirek) Styblo, Dr. Rebecca Fry, Dr. Ilona Jaspers, Dr. Tracy Manuck and Lisa Smeester.
Environmentally-driven disease is influenced by various complex factors including exposure to environmental toxicants, individual differences in genetic and epigenetic susceptibility, and nutrition. Given this we see two major gaps in environmental health science: the ability to identify those most at risk for disease susceptibility, and a lack of innovative solutions to prevent disease and promote health.
Using a multi-disciplinary scientific strategy to address these gaps, the Institute will:
- Identify those most at risk for disease susceptibility using data-driven strategies
- Develop innovative solutions to prevent disease and promote health using state-of-the-art science that span the use of cell culture, mouse models and human populations
- Launch the science forward including -Omics technologies (e.g. transcriptomics, proteomics, epigenomics) that are critical for environmental health science
- Improve exposure intervention using strategic environmental engineering approaches