Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center have received $8 million in new funds from the National Institutes of Health.
The monies will be used to continue for five more years the scientists’ work in exploring health effects of environmental agents.
The funding marks a milestone for the investigators at the Environmental Health Sciences Center. Its work protecting people from environmental threats will have been continuously funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences for 40 years—from 1975 to 2015, URMC officials said. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences is an NIH institute.
The funds will be disbursed among nearly 50 different laboratories, URMC officials said. The research crosses more than a dozen departments and institutional centers and includes disciplines such as immunology, molecular biology, orthopedics, pediatrics and toxicology.
Scientists who make up the Environmental Health Sciences Center study the impact of substances and compounds on the body. Mercury, lead, air pollutants, pesticides, plastics, copper, cigarette smoke, diesel fumes and nanoparticles found in products such as perfumes and sunscreens are some of the substances under scrutiny, officials said.
During the last five years, the center funded 36 pilot projects. These projects were initially funded with a total of $644,000; subsequently those efforts attracted $16.4 million in additional funding, a return of $25 for each $1 first invested by the center, URMC said.
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