National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
Scientific Director: Darryl C. Zeldin, M.D.
The NIEHS aims to reduce the burden of human illness and disability by understanding how the environment influences the development and progression of human disease. To have the greatest impact on preventing disease and improving human health, the NIEHS focuses on basic science, disease-oriented research, global environmental health, and multidisciplinary training for researchers.
The studies conducted at NIEHS are divided into three groups: the Intramural Research Division, the National Toxicology Program (NTP) Division, and the Clinical Research Program. Scientists from these programs carry out research projects that are often long-term and high-risk in nature and involve unique components, such as epidemiological studies of environmentally-associated diseases, coordination of toxicology testing for the federal government, and intervention and prevention studies to reduce the effects of exposures to hazardous environments.
NIEHS intramural scientists are highly interactive and are often engaged in interdisciplinary research that encourages novel ideas, innovative hypotheses, and new paradigms. They have also established a number of Scientific Interest Groups organized around scientific topics of general interest to the NIEHS.