NIEHS Celebrates 50 Years of Environmental Health Research at the NIH

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NIEHS Celebrates 50 Years of Environmental Health Research at the NIH


Birnbaum, Linda S., Environmental Health Perspectives


On 1 November 2016 the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) will celebrate its 50th anniversary, five decades after the U.S. Surgeon General announced the establishment of the Division of Environmental Health Sciences at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Today, from its home in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, the NIEHS funds more than $750 million in research each year to discover how the environment influences human health and disease.

It is my honor and privilege to serve as the NIEHS director during this significant milestone in the institute's history, and I see it as an opportunity to highlight the improvements to public health that have resulted from environmental science research. I also want to bring together health researchers supported by the NIEHS, and the NIH as a whole, for networking and collaboration. I'm really excited about all the scientific and public outreach activities we've planned for the 2016 anniversary year.

This month the NIEHS will hold an oral history event featuring alumni and retirees who will share their reflections on scientific progress, professional experiences, and personal memories at the institute. We'll also initiate a time capsule and begin collecting nominations for items to fill it so that we can share our 2016 NIEHS research and culture with future staff and science historians.

We'll host several distinguished lectures at the NIEHS and hear from top scientists, including Gina Turrigiano, Gerard Karsenty, Myles Brown, and Jeff Gordon. All these lectures will be open to the public and webcast live from our website at http://www.niehs.nih.gov.

The NIEHS will partner with the Society of Toxicology in July for a day-long symposium on technological advances, and with the Endocrine Society in September for a three-day workshop on endocrine disruptor research.

A Women's Health Awareness event at North Carolina Central University, a public forum at the Research Triangle Foundation, and a Science in the Cinema program at Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh are just a few ways the NIEHS will engage the communities surrounding Research Triangle Park to share information about environmental health and the value of our research. …

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