The supplemental funding will maintain accelerated efforts, initiated on September 12, 2001, by NIEHS-supported investigators to carry out exposure assessment, epidemiological studies, clinical research and community outreach related to the health consequences of the attacks.
NIEHS Director Kenneth Olden said, "NIEHS grants are supporting efforts to address immediate and long-term worker and community health issues arising from the World Trade Center attacks. These studies and training programs aim to minimize any damage done by the 9/11 attack and prepare to address similar incidents should they occur in the future."
The following institutions are receiving supplemental research funds totaling $4 million: Columbia University, Johns-Hopkins University, New York University, University of Rochester (collaborating with NYU), University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (Rutgers), Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
These awards will continue to support an integrated, interdisciplinary research effort that has characterized human exposures resulting from destruction of the buildings, examined respiratory, psychological and other reported health problems associated with the exposures, and communicated findings to residents and workers through a variety of forums.
Sixteen institutions are receiving Worker Education and Training Program grants that include supplemental funds totaling $5 million. These include the Center to Protect Workers Rights, International Association of Fire Fighters, International Union of Operating Engineers, Laborers-AGC Educa
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