About CEED

Regionally, CEED serves New Jersey, the most densely populated and perhaps the most heavily polluted state in the nation. CEED members serve as advisors to state, local, and national officials, professional associations, and citizens groups on issues of pollution and consequent disease, environmental health education and disease prevention. Current research projects include the effects of diesel air pollution on asthma and cardiac disease, the effects of nanoparticles used in manufacturing and consumer products, the interaction of genetic and environmental factors on disease, and the effects of diet on immune system functioning.

Message from the Director

The Center for Environmental Exposures and Disease (CEED) was established in 1987 as a collaboration between Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (merged in 2013), with a goal of understanding, detecting, preventing and solving environmental health problems through collaborative research. The Center has received generous support from The National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) for the last 32 years, as one of 22 Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers. CEED has approximately 86 members from 23 Rutgers departments.

Regionally, CEED serves New Jersey, the most densely populated and perhaps the most heavily polluted state in the nation. CEED members serve as advisors to state, local, and national officials, professional associations, and citizens groups on issues of pollution and consequent disease, environmental health education and disease prevention. Current research projects include the effects of diesel air pollution on asthma and cardiac disease, the effects of nanoparticles used in manufacturing and consumer products, the interaction of genetic and environmental factors on disease, and the effects of diet on immune system functioning.

Helmut Zarbl, D.C.S., B.Sc., Ph.D., ATS Fellow

Center Cores

CBPR, Implementation Science and Risk Communication Research

Population Exposures and Outcomes

Climate Change, Human Health, and Sustainability

Pathogenesis, Intervention, Prevention and Environmental Disease

Modeling Environmental Exposure and Disease

Biological/Environmental Indicators and Responses

Chemical Analysis and Detection

Human/Animal Environmental Exposure

CEED & the Community

The Community Engagement Core (CEC) is committed to work with New Jersey communities to identify, investigate, and act to address environmental health concerns.  CEC provides a link between environmental health researchers and community members, to increase understanding of the impact of the environment on human health and foster two-way dialogue on research findings and current research priorities.

Director: Robert Laumbach, MD, MPH

Co-Directors: Joanna Burger, PhD; Laura Liang, DrPH

Members: Emily Barrett, PhD; Brian Buckley, PhD; Michael Gochfeld, MD, PhD; Judith Graber, PhD; Nancy Fiedler, PhD; Mark Robson, PhD; Howard Kipen, MD, MPH

Coordinator: Kerry Margaret Butch; 

Staff: Kristin Borbely

Meet our CEC Coordinator, Kerry Margaret Butch! 
kerry.butch@eohsi.rutgers.edu

CEC collaborates with community-based and statewide environmental, health and public policy organizations to address multiple environmental stressors in highly-impacted areas such as port-adjacent communities. CEC is an active partner in the Coalition for Healthy Ports, a national group addressing the impact of shipping and trucking activities on communities near ports.  The Newark/ Elizabeth Port contributes significant pollutants to the air and water of nearby communities including Newark’s Ironbound.  We work locally with partners Ironbound Community Corporation, Clean Water Action, New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance, and GreenFaith, and nationally with the Coalition for Clean & Safe Ports, which unites over 150 organizations including our sister NIEHS Center at the University of Southern California.

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Community Engagement
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Helmut Zarbl

Director

Emily Barrett

Deputy Director

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