About Our Center
The UC Davis Environmental Health Sciences Center (EHSC) is one of more than 20 National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers across the country, that facilitate multidisciplinary scientific and community-driven research collaborations to reduce environmentally-related diseases and to grow the next generation of environmental health scientists. The center at UC Davis links experts in the schools of medicine and veterinary medicine and the four colleges (Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, Engineering, Letters and Science)–to support research on the biologic mechanisms, social or economic factors that contribute to health outcomes like autism, obesity, and asthma. Environmental factors suspected to contribute to these disorders include particles and volatile organic compounds in ambient air, pollutants in drinking water and food, and household or personal-care products.
The Center’s regional focus is the San Joaquin Valley. This fertile valley comprises some of the nation’s most economically productive agricultural land, yet approximately half of the Valley’s residents experience increased risk of exposure to environmental hazards and a high level of socioeconomic vulnerability (poverty, limited access to health care). To ensure that research projects supported by the EHSC are responsive to the environmental health needs of the community; a diverse group of community stakeholders representing NGOs and government agencies provides key input to Center research and translational programs and priorities, facilitated by a Community Outreach and Engagement Core.