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.

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Message from the Director

Rebecca Fry
Rebecca Fry, PhD
Carol Remmer Angle Distinguished Professor
We are excited to launch the Institute for Environmental Health Solutions at Carolina, founded on optimizing the health of the most vulnerable populations in North Carolina and beyond, and providing innovative solutions to promote environmental health. Read more.
Public Health Mission: To reduce the burden of environmentally-influenced disease in North Carolina, the U.S., and abroad and identify factors related to environmental health resilience.
Carolina-focused Mission: To enhance team science at UNC-Chapel Hill and promote competitiveness for increased grant funding across the school.

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

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