The Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center (the Center) was established in 1996 to promote environmental health research in Southern California. The Center aims to more fully characterize environmental health hazards, understand the basis for personal vulnerability, and translate research into preventive action to reduce the burden of environmentally-related diseases.
The Center is organized into an Administrative Core, four Research Cores, two Facility Cores and a Community Outreach and Education Core. This consortium of epidemiologists, statisticians, chemists, toxicologists, and molecular biologists collaborate to create an interdisciplinary approach to the study and advancement of research in environmental health. The Center also hosts a Pilot Projects Program and a Career Development Program which assist investigators in advancing their research and professional development. The Center’s primary areas of research are in understanding environmental contributions to respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other health outcomes.