National institute of environmental health sciences: 50 years of advancing science and improving lung health

Veena B. Antony, Carrie A. Redlich, Kent E Pinkerton, John Balmes, Jack R. Harkema

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The American Thoracic Society celebrates the 50th anniversary of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). The NIEHShashadenormousimpactthroughitsfocusonresearch,training, andtranslationalscienceonlunghealth.Ithasbeenanadvocateforclean air both in the United States and across the world. The cutting-edge science funded by the NIEHS has led to major discoveries that have broadened our understanding of the pathogenesis and treatment for lung disease. Importantly, the NIEHS has developed and fostered mechanisms that require cross-cutting science across the spectrum of areas of inquiry, bringing together environmental and social scientists with clinicians to bring their expertise on specific areas of investigation. The intramural program of the NIEHS nurtures cutting-edge science, and the extramural program encourages investigator-initiated research while at the same time providing broader direction through important initiatives. Under the umbrella of the NIEHS and guided by Dr. Linda Birnbaum, the director of the NIEHS, important collaborative programs, such as the Superfund Program and the National Toxicology Program, work to discover mechanisms to protect from environmental toxins. The American Thoracic Society has overlapping goals with the NIEHS, and the strategic plans of both august bodies converge to synergizeonpopulationlunghealth.Thesebondsmustbetightenedand highlighted as we work toward our common goals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1190-1195
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Issue number10
StatePublished - Nov 15 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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