Our research mission is to promote occupational and environmental medicine as a discipline by advancing the scientific understanding of complex workplace and community environmental exposures. We focus on policy-relevant research, including the relationship between exposure and disease, the cost versus benefit of new standards, and clinical interventions. We serve as an objective and unique source of information for the patient and community, policy makers, regulatory bodies, and primary care givers.
Research activities in the program range across a broad spectrum of topics including agricultural health, air pollution health effects, biostatistics, chemical and physical toxicants, dietary factors and disease risk, epidemiology, international occupational health, multiple chemical sensitivity syndrome, musculoskeletal injury, neurological epidemiology, neuropsychological sequelae of solvent/pesticide exposure, occupational lead poisoning, and occupational lung disease.
Our major emphasis is on identification of causal associations between environmental factors and disease, and the evaluation of strategies for early diagnosis and treatment of occupational and environmental conditions. Towards these goals, we often perform intensive investigation of small, well-characterized populations with exposures of interest. Arrangement may be made for fellows to conduct research under the supervision of university faculty outside the program.
Faculty in the Occupational & Environmental Medicine program are involved in a wide variety of major research activities, see list of Centers & Institutes.