Research Centers & Institutes
Listed below are themes that illustrate the activities being done in the department. The research centers, institutes and studies most connected to each theme are listed, with some overlaps between them.
Disease Investigation through Specialized Clinically Oriented Ventures in Environmental Research (DISCOVER)
The University of Washington's DISCOVER Center studies the mechanistic relationship between cardiovascular disease and traffic related air pollution. The study is composed of five closely linked projects that explore this relationship through a diverse set of research approaches. Our ultimate mission is to transfer the findings of the center rapidly into the development of improved clinical and public health practice.
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This is the largest study of its kind to explore the connection between air pollution and the No. 1 cause of death in the United States: cardiovascular disease. Dr. Joel Kaufman directs the prospective cohort study study, funded over 10 years by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
The University of Washington Center for Clear Air Research (UW CCAR) is focused on the cardiovascular health effects of near-roadway pollution, a complex mixture of components that come from vehicle emissions and the road surface, and vary by physical aging, atmospheric conditions, and photochemical reactions. UW CCAR is funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The Superfund Research Program is an interdisciplinary program involving faculty and graduate students from DEOHS, Civil Engineering, Biochemistry, Forestry and Microbiology. The goals are to develop biological markers to assess peoples' exposure to toxicants and susceptibility to disease, to assess physiological damage in humans and wildlife, and to develop new technology to remediate contaminated sites.
The Northwest Center is one of 17 Education and Research Centers funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). It supports graduate education in industrial hygiene and safety, occupational medicine, and occupational health nursing. It serves as an educational resource for the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska and administers a continuing education program to upgrade the skills of people working in occupational and environmental health.
The Occupational Epidemiology and Health Outcomes Program uses workers' compensation data and its own research to improve medical care, update treatment guidelines, and provide information on treatment outcomes to injured workers and physicians.
Since 1995, the Pacific Northwest OSHA Education Center has been the only authorized OSHA training facility in the Pacific Northwest. The Education Center offers high quality, standards-based training for the private and public sectors. An experienced team of OSHA-authorized instructors presents up-to-date federal and state safety and health regulations. Classes are held in Anchorage, AK; Boise, ID; Portland, OR; Seattle, WA; Richland, WA; and other cities by arrangement.
One of nine regional centers funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center focuses on the prevention of occupational disease and injury among farming, fishing, and forestry operators, workers and their families in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Support is also received from the Washington State Medical Aid and Accident fund to focus on the health and safety of Washington's agricultural populations.
The Center for Child Environmental Health Risks Research is funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to further knowledge of children's susceptibility to toxicants and is part of the Institute for Risk Analysis and Risk Communication.
The UW NIEHS Center for Ecogenetics and Environmental Health strives to understand and communicate how genetic factors influence human susceptibility to environmental health risks.
The Center for Health And the Global Environment (CHANGE) facilitates interdisciplinary collaborations across UW’s schools and colleges to promote systems-based approaches to help communities prepare for, cope with, and adapt to a changing climate. Led by Kristie L. Ebi, PhD, MPH.
The Center for One Health Research explores linkages between human, animal, and environmental health, including: zoonotic infectious diseases at the human-animal interface, animals as "sentinels" of environmental health hazards, and clinical collaboration between human health care providers and veterinarians in a species-spanning approach.
The Institute for Risk Analysis and Risk Communication (IRARC) strives to improve risk assessment methods and the scientific foundation behind risk assessments.
The UW Nanotoxicology Center investigates the potential toxicity and environmental effects of nanomaterials, in particular quantum dots (QDots). The Center develops standardized techniques, analytical tools, and mathematical models to assess impact and inform safe design. Funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the Center integrates expertise from multiple disciplines and institutions.
The Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) has assembled a team of experts including pediatricians, occupational and environmental medicine physicians, emergency medicine physicians, toxicologists, and other environmental health specialists to provide health professionals, government officials, and families with telephone consultation on the role of environmental exposures on child health.
The Predictive Toxicology Center is developing innovative organotypic culture systems to better evaluate the potential for cellular and organ toxicity following exposure to engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) within an adverse outcomes pathway (AOP) model. Funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency, the Center has designed four organotypic culture projects that reflect complexity and function of lung, kidney, liver and testis.