The primary significance of environmental health research done in the global arena lies in its potential impact on human health and disease.
As a public health institute of the National Institutes of Health(http://www.nih.gov/) , the NIEHS has a commitment to the goals of protecting and improving global health. With a strong history of international cooperation on environmental health problems and a research vision aimed at solving the puzzles of environmentally induced human disease, the NIEHS is uniquely poised at the forefront of Global Environmental Health (GEH). Global Environmental Health at NIEHS encompasses global research, international fellows training, outreach and capacity building, and service to the scientific community.
The NIEHS has a long history and ongoing investment in international research collaborations(http://www.niehs.nih.gov/about/od/deputy/geh/global.cfm) that seek to leverage the expertise of NIEHS and global partners toward solving problems in environmental disease and improving human health.
As a leader in global environmental health research, the NIEHS is invested in training the next generation of researchers dedicated to reducing the burden of human illness and disability and improving health through understanding how the environment influences the development and progression of human disease.
The NIEHS is committed to training international fellows to capitalize on the diverse perspectives that young scientists from the global community bring with them to the NIEHS, to develop international scientists with the unique skills that a research experience at the NIEHS provides, and to establish an international collaborative network of scientists who specialize in the environmental health research that is fundamental to achieving a positive global impact on human health and disease.
Outreach and Capacity Building
The NIEHS supports diverse programs aimed at environmental health science outreach and capacity building(http://www.niehs.nih.gov/about/od/deputy/outreach.cfm) in foreign countries, including those in partnership with the World Health Organization and the Fogarty International Center.
Service to the Scientific Community
NIEHS scientists and staff provide a wide range of service to science(http://www.niehs.nih.gov/about/od/deputy/geh/service.cfm) through their participation on international committees, expert review panels, working groups, policy organizations, mentorship, and other activities.
About Global Environmental Health at NIEHS
The NIEHS 2006-2011 Strategic Plan (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/about/od/strategicplan/docs/strategic-plan06.pdf) (1.4MB) specifically identifies global health research, capacity building, training, and partnerships as a priority for our institute. As part of expanding community-linked research, the institute is undertaking to
develop a program in global environmental health and
build capacity to pursue research in global environmental health.
In January 2007, the NIEHS gathered a distinguished international panel of scientists in San Francisco, California to participate in the NIEHS Global Environmental Health Conference, a working meeting designed to provide guidance on potential research opportunities and strategies. The final report (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/events/pastmtg/2007/global/docs/GEH-Overview-Summary.pdf) (158K) details the opportunities in global health within the context of NIEHS' strategic priorities.
NIEHS Global Environmental Health Vision
The NIEHS global health vision is to coordinate research activities, enhance collaborations, and direct knowledge toward improving public health and disease burden outcomes.
Toward this goal, NIEHS plans to:
provide a venue for communicating the outcomes and value of our GEH investment to the public;
leverage the research being supported by connecting interested parties around the world looking at the same or similar problems;
enhance visibility of funding mechanisms for GEH research and training programs;
eventually, provide a networking space including online collaboration tools and interactive research technologies to connect scientists around the world in real-time.
Recommit to existing global partnerships and establish new collaborative opportunities with the goal of:
facilitating fundamental basic research involving networked teams in global regions; and
fostering population-based research (e.g., biomarkers) involving networked teams to address specific diseases