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.
Mission & Organization
The Center for Exposures, Diseases, Genomics, and Environment (EDGE) 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.
The EDGE currently has over 80 affiliated members. Each member is classifed either as an EHS Core Center Investigator or a Clinicial and Translational Science (CTS) Investigator. Our membership is dynamic and we welcome new faculty with research interests relevant to any of the five Collaborative Research Teams shown above. A list of current members, member benefits, and criteria for joining the EDGE can be found on our web site at: http://deohs.washington.edu/edge/members.
Cost of Our Services
In general, EDGE members may take advantage of the services offered by the facility cores without having to incur labor and infrastructure costs related to the project. Occasionally we do have larger projects that require a disproportionate amount of staff time. In these cases the EDGE covers a reasonable portion of the labor costs. If the instrumentation or service is not available through one of our own facility cores, the IEHSFC will help locate a Cost Center that provides the service. EDGE Pilot project funds and mini-grant funding can also be used to cover a portion of the cost of EDGE facility core usage.
This Core provides investigators with cost effective, priority access to genomics, transcriptomics, epigenetics, and targeted proteomic and metabolomic state-of the-art technologies and consultation
This Core is dedicated to encouraging and enabling innovative translational research and collaborations across disciplines amongst members. The core is comprised of three major units: the Clinical/Translational Services Unit (CTSU), the Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Unit (BBU; this unit also includes OMICs integration), and the Microphysiological Modeling of Toxicant Responses Unit (MMTRU).
This Core provides EDGE investigators with access to state-of-the-art analytical methods, instrumentation and exposure science expertise.
This Core is responsible for translating and disseminating Center research results into environmental health knowledge for target audiences.
This Core works to recruit new junior faculty with research and teaching interests compatible with the EDGE mission and provides mentorship to new and current EDGE junior faculty to help them achieve their full potential as scientists, teachers, and communicators.
This Program supports one-year projects to provide preliminary data that will be useful for competitive, full-scale grant applications in the area of environmental health sciences research.