The Southern California Environmental Health Sciences 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 Engagement 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. Read more
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Effects of exposure to air pollution on development of obesity to be studied by Keck Medicine of USC researchers
By USC Health Sciences Public Relations and Marketing Staff
Could air pollution make you fat? Keck Medicine of USC researchers will investigate the hypothesis that children who live near busy roadways may be exposed to air pollution that causes inflammation leading to obesity and other health problems.
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have granted $7.8 million to Keck Medicine's Southern California Children's Environmental Health Center (SC-CEHC) over the next five years. Three teams of scientists will mine data from previous research and conduct new studies on near-roadway air pollution's role in the development of obesity and metabolic abnormalities that may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes. The SC-CEHC is directed by Rob McConnell, M.D., professor of preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.Read more
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