Research

Faculty research programs range across the entire spectrum of toxicology, from molecular mechanisms to human populations, and address important human environmental health concerns, including endocrine disrupters, carcinogens, immunotoxicants and neurotoxicants.

Faculty members are interested in the possible role of toxicants in disorders such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, osteoporosis, autism, Parkinsonism, Alzheimer’s disease, and other neurodegenerative diseases. Some investigators organize their research around specific chemicals like mercury, lead or TCDD (dioxin), and others are involved with forensic toxicology. They discuss their research in more detail on the individual faculty pages. Our faculty research programs are supported from a wide variety of sources. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) supply most of that support via grants to individual investigators.

The Environmental Health Sciences Center has been funded continuously since 1970 by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). It supports research on the health effects of environmental and occupational agents. Faculty interests include three broad disease areas: pulmonary and cardiovascular, neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative, and muscularskeletal.

Initial support for our new graduate students—who almost immediately are involved in research—comes from the university itself. After about one year, that responsibility shifts to our NIEHS training grant, which has provided major support for our students since 1975.

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