Centers & Institutes
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 Chemically Related Illness is managed by the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program. At the Center, patients can get clinical evaluation and treatment for medical conditions caused by chemical exposures. The Center's outreach programs improve public understanding of the health effects of chemical hazards. The Center also conducts research to better understand these illnesses and to improve the quality of care for patients with Chemically Related Illness.
A training program in Occupational and Environmental Medicine funded by the Fogarty Institute of the National Institutes of Health supports research and training partnerships with faculty and scientists in Vietnam, Thailand, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.
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.
E-mail: Meghann Seiler
The Institute for Risk Analysis and Risk Communication (IRARC) strives to improve risk assessment methods and the scientific foundation behind risk assessments.
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 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.
Our department's leadership in children's environmental health was recognized with a $26 million, five-year grant as part of the new National Children's Study. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) study will be the largest long-term study of children's health and development ever conducted in the US.
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 NW Center offers continuing education programs for individuals working in occupational medicine, occupational health nursing, industrial hygiene, hazardous materials management, and other health and safety related disciplines. Continuing education units (CEUs) for NW Center courses can be obtained through the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH), the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM), the American Nurses Association (ANA), and others.
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 Pacific Northwest Center for Human Health and Ocean Sciences investigates how genetic and environmental variability defines the toxicity and dynamics of harmful algal blooms, the retention of toxin by shellfish, and the impact this has on human populations that are susceptible to toxicological impacts. The Center is funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Researchers come from the College of Ocean and Fishery Sciences and the School of Public Health and Community Medicine.
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 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 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.