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Message from Director

Preventing an environmentally induced disease like cancer has a far larger impact on our health than developing a new treatment for an existing disease. The impact of the environment on health is a balance of exposure versus individual susceptibility. The susceptibility of a particular person is determined in part by their genes, in part by their modifiable life-style choices and in part by age. Aging universally reduces our ability to respond to environmental stress.

The Oregon State University Environmental Health Sciences Center is focused on understanding how we can best improve our ability to respond to environmental stresses, with the goal of preventing diseases like cancer, heart disease and neurodegeneration. The Center supports the application of sophisticated technologies involving mass spectrometry, cell imaging and genetic analyses in both model organisms and humans to provide an integrated view of the complex impact of the environment on our health.

Thank you for visiting the Environmental Health Sciences Center web site. If you would like further information, please contact us.

Joseph Beckman, Ph.D.
Director, Environmental Health Sciences Center
Ava Helen Pauling Endowed Chair, Linus Pauling Institute
Professor, Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics