The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is one of 27 Institutes and Centers of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is a component of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The Director of the NIEHS is Dr. David A. Schwartz.
The mission of the NIEHS is 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 NIEHS achieves its mission through:
- Extramural research and training, funded by grants and contracts, to scientists, environmental health professionals, and other groups worldwide,
- Intramural research conducted by scientists at the NIEHS facility and in partnership with scientists at universities and hospitals,
- Toxicological testing and test validation by the National Toxicology Program, and
- Outreach and communications programs that provide reliable health information to the public, and scientific resources to researchers.
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