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NIEHS Director unveils new strategic plan for environmental health sciences

integrative research" was identified as one of the major challenges. Another major challenge the Institute will address is ensuring that NIEHS research focuses on diseases known to have a strong environmental component.

The seven interrelated goals established in the new NIEHS Strategic Plan focus around four critical elements including basic research, human health and disease, global environmental health, and training. The goals are:

  • Expand the role of clinical research in environmental health sciences.
  • Use environmental toxicants to understand basic mechanisms in human biology.
  • Build integrated environmental health research programs to address the crosscutting problems in human biology and human disease.
  • Improve and expand community-linked research.
  • Develop sensitive markers of environmental exposure, early (pre-clinical) biological response, and genetic susceptibility.
  • Recruit and train the next generation of environmental health scientists.
  • Foster the development of partnerships between the NIEHS and other NIH institutes, national and international research agencies, academia, industry, and community organizations to improve human health.

Each of the broad goals includes examples of necessary steps for achievement. For example, to strengthen the institute's role in clinical research, NIEHS will encourage the training of more Ph.D.s and physicians to conduct and/or support this type of integrated research.

The plan, published as a supplement to the May issue of the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, and available online at http://www.niehs.nih.gov/external/plan2006/ is the result of nearly a year-long process of discussions with more than 400 scientific and public leaders from academia, government, medical professions, community advocacy groups, and the general public. It includes input from a national web
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Contact: Robin Mackar
rmackar@niehs.nih.gov
919-541-0073
NIH/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
1-May-2006


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