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A new day for global environmental health.

Suk WA - Environ. Health Perspect. (2008)

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This April marks the celebration of two significant global events relevant to the mission of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)... The NIEHS, with a public health mandate, a strong history of global cooperation on environmental health problems, and a research vision aimed at solving the puzzles of environmental disease, is uniquely poised at the front lines of global environmental health... In 1975, the NIEHS was named by the WHO as a Collaborating Center for Environmental Health Effects... The NIEHS has also participated for 27 years in a cooperative agreement with the International Programme on Chemical Safety, through which the institute has helped to provide scientific leadership and expertise to efforts to protect public health worldwide from effects of toxic chemicals... A recent analysis of this investment shows that from 2005 to 2007, the NIEHS was engaged in 57 projects in 37 different countries... These projects range from investigating the effects of heavy metals on children’s development along the U.S. –Mexico border, to elucidating the role of aflatoxin in inducing liver cancer in people in rural China, to following the long-term disease consequences for women exposed to dioxin in Italy... It is an unfortunate truism that the greatest exposures also hold the greatest opportunity for understanding how factors in our environment interact with the human body to cause and exacerbate disease... The more we understand these most basic interactions, the more hope we can have for finding ways to prevent and treat adverse environmental effects and improve human health... The NIEHS also supports a number of other activities that either directly or indirectly build environmental health science capacity in other countries such as scientific conferences and meetings, including two in 2006 specifically targeted at identifying global environmental health issues and exploring research partnerships... Perhaps the most visible aspect of this capacity building is the NIEHS’s publication of Environmental Health Perspectives, which through its policy of Open Access and commitment to dissemination of research and information to the developing world, provides a global foundation of knowledge on environmental health science... In fact, the NIEHS 2006–2011 Strategic Plan specifically identifies global environmental health research, capacity building, training, and partnerships as a priority for our institute... As the celebrations of World Health Day and Earth Day this month bring into sharp relief, there has never been a greater need or a better time for the NIEHS to reaffirm our efforts toward these goals.

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A new day for global environmental health.

Suk WA - Environ. Health Perspect. (2008)

William A. Suk
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This April marks the celebration of two significant global events relevant to the mission of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)... The NIEHS, with a public health mandate, a strong history of global cooperation on environmental health problems, and a research vision aimed at solving the puzzles of environmental disease, is uniquely poised at the front lines of global environmental health... In 1975, the NIEHS was named by the WHO as a Collaborating Center for Environmental Health Effects... The NIEHS has also participated for 27 years in a cooperative agreement with the International Programme on Chemical Safety, through which the institute has helped to provide scientific leadership and expertise to efforts to protect public health worldwide from effects of toxic chemicals... A recent analysis of this investment shows that from 2005 to 2007, the NIEHS was engaged in 57 projects in 37 different countries... These projects range from investigating the effects of heavy metals on children’s development along the U.S. –Mexico border, to elucidating the role of aflatoxin in inducing liver cancer in people in rural China, to following the long-term disease consequences for women exposed to dioxin in Italy... It is an unfortunate truism that the greatest exposures also hold the greatest opportunity for understanding how factors in our environment interact with the human body to cause and exacerbate disease... The more we understand these most basic interactions, the more hope we can have for finding ways to prevent and treat adverse environmental effects and improve human health... The NIEHS also supports a number of other activities that either directly or indirectly build environmental health science capacity in other countries such as scientific conferences and meetings, including two in 2006 specifically targeted at identifying global environmental health issues and exploring research partnerships... Perhaps the most visible aspect of this capacity building is the NIEHS’s publication of Environmental Health Perspectives, which through its policy of Open Access and commitment to dissemination of research and information to the developing world, provides a global foundation of knowledge on environmental health science... In fact, the NIEHS 2006–2011 Strategic Plan specifically identifies global environmental health research, capacity building, training, and partnerships as a priority for our institute... As the celebrations of World Health Day and Earth Day this month bring into sharp relief, there has never been a greater need or a better time for the NIEHS to reaffirm our efforts toward these goals.

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