CHHE’s mission is to understand how human health, at both the individual and population level, is impacted by environmental factors and to implement this knowledge to reduce the adverse impacts of environmental factors on human health.

Epigenetics — leading edge in environmental health

By Kelly Lenox , NIH Environmental Factor

Rob Smart

Epigenome studies are expanding our understanding of how the environment influences human health and disease. To explore this leading edge of environmental health science, the NIEHS-funded Center for Human Health and the Environment (CHHE) at North Carolina State University (NCSU) held a Feb. 8 symposium titled “Epigenetics, Environment, and Human Health.”

The epigenome refers to the heritable changes to DNA that affect its function without altering the genetic sequence.“The symposium fostered an exchange that will enhance everybody’s insights and research,” said CHHE Director Rob Smart, Ph.D. “A great deal of enthusiasm came through in the talks, as well as in the poster sessions, where the room was buzzing with energy.”

Approximately 130 attendees and poster presenters from area research institutions attended, including NIEHS scientists, postdocs, and leadership. Read more here.


April 20, 2018
  • CHHE Pulmonary interest group meeting

    April 20, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    North Carolina Central University in the Mary Townes Science Complex 1229

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