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Our Vision For the Future

The Center for Ecogenetics and Environmental Health (CEEH) is dedicated to contributing to science-based changes in regulatory policy and public health or medical practice that result in a reduction in the burden of environmentally induced diseases.

Through discovery of new and important genetic and environmental factors that contribute to the causes of chronic diseases, new approaches to prevention, early diagnosis and effective treatments can be developed that will substantially reduce the social burden and health care costs associated with premature disease and death from environmentally related diseases. These include many forms of cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic neurodegenerative and developmental diseases. Examples of long-term impacts that could result directly from CEEH research in the proposed period include:

  • Discoveries related to the role of particulate matter (PM) in cardiovascular disease lead to changes in diesel exhaust regulations and improved public education about the health effects of residential wood smoke and other sources of PM.
  • The discovery of new methods for assessing the health impacts of engineered nanoscale materials leads to improvements in workplace health and safety regulations, as well as increased public awareness of the need to invest early in health and safety research for emerging technologies.
  • The discovery of specific genetic polymorphisms or biomarkers that indicate increased risk for a certain chronic disease (e.g., Parkinson’s disease or breast cancer) leads to new tests, interventions and treatments that reduce the incidence and/or progression of this disease.

After fifteen years of catalyzing groundbreaking research, the CEEH continues to focus on the theme of biochemical and molecular mechanisms that underlie gene-environment interactions.

This diagram represents environmental health as the intersection of how the environment, genetics, and personal choices all affect human health.