Research Cores

CEED has three strong Scientific Research Cores that coordinate investigator collaborations across departments within Rutgers and other NJ universities to address timely environmental health challenges. Across these cores, CEED researchers are evaluating a wide array of environmental risks posed by metals, persistent organic pollutants (POPs), ozone, carbon dioxide, particulate matter (PM), including diesel exhaust and 9/11 World Trade Center (WTC) dust, endocrine disruptors, pesticides, per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS), and chemical warfare agents. During the next grant cycle, we are expanding research efforts to assess micro- and nano-plastics, harmful algal bloom toxins, mycotoxins, wood smoke, carbon dioxide, and fossil fuel emissions – all contaminants which are of importance to our communities and are anticipated to persist due to factors such as climate change and adverse weather events. These cores not only focus on long-standing and emerging environmental contaminants but also factors that increase vulnerability to adverse health outcomes, including psychosocial stressors, socioeconomic status, social constructs, age, diet, sex, cumulative exposures, the built environment, and comorbidities. As communities prioritize their environmental concerns, the Scientific Research Cores are prepared to adapt research directions.

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