Our Environment, Our Health, Our Future

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, is one of 27 research institutes and centers that comprise the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The mission of the NIEHS is to discover how the environment affects people in order to promote healthier lives. By understanding how environmental exposures across the lifespan - from before conception to old age – interact with genetic factors, the NIEHS aims to strengthen our understanding of environmental exposures and enhance our ability to maintain healthy environments. Twenty-first century environmental challenges to public health, such as developmental origins of health and disease, indoor air quality, hazardous exposures during critical developmental windows or to environmental mixtures, metals, or endocrine disruptors, will require novel mechanistic, systems, and epidemiologic approaches to ensure the highest quality science informs individual, community, and policy decision-making.