Welcome! The Pacific Northwest Center for Translational Environmental Health Research (the Center) supports community-engaged research to understand what people are exposed to in their homes, at their work places and schools, and in their communities with the goal of discovering what hazards these exposures may pose to their health.

The Center was first established in 1967 at Oregon State University with funding by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), one of the institutes comprising the National Institutes of Health. Our Environmental Health Science Center was one of the six original NIEHS Core Centers (NIEHS grant #P30 ES000210) currently  #P30 ES030287. We contribute to the mission of NIEHS, which is to discover how the environment affects people in order to promote healthier lives.

To address these goals, the Environmental Health Sciences Center has investigators from diverse departments and programs at Oregon State University. EHSC is an interdisciplinary unit of more than 35 investigators.

Center Structure

The Pilot Projects Program offers grants to support new and innovative research in environmental health. These grants are designed to provide short-term investments to Center members and can be used to collect preliminary research data for a larger research proposal, get priority access the Center’s Core facilities and services, foster new collaborations that will advance environmental health science, community engagement, or research translation, and test new and innovative ideas that advance the mission of the Center and NIEHS.

EHSC research is supported by Facility Cores. The Zebrafish Biomedical Research and Chemical Exposure Cores provide scientists with access to state-of-the-art equipment, services, and expertise in specific research technologies. The EHSC also supports symposia and other programs for training and enrichment in cooperation with the affiliated NIEHS Training Grant and the Career Development Core. The Community Engagement Core and  Translational Research Support Core offer resources and support to create collaborative research teams that are community driven and focused on translating investigations into improved health outcomes.

The Pacific Northwest Center for Translational Environmental Health Research values the voices of all people. As such, we recognize the social barriers that have excluded people and communities based on socioeconomic background, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, age, disability, national origin and religion. We are committed to the equity of opportunities, and strive to promote and advance diversity, equity inclusiveness and excellence. We value and seek participation from these historically under-represented groups, and recognize them as essential to create a welcoming and impactful environment for everyone. Learn more about the ways we, and Oregon State University, are committed to diversity and inclusion at the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (https://diversity.oregonstate.edu/).