The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has awarded $9.5 million to the University of Michigan to study the impact of the environment on children's health, including several Cores in the Biomedical Research Core Facilities (BRCF).
U-M will serve as one of six national research hubs over the next four years as part of the new NIEHS Children's Health Exposure Analysis Resource (CHEAR) Program. Through the Michigan hub of the CHEAR Laboratory Network (M-CHEAR), U-M will support scientists across the country whose research focuses on the causes of adverse child health such as pre-term birth, reproductive tract anomalies, obesity, asthma/allergies, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism, and early onset of puberty.
"The primary objective of M-CHEAR is to contribute large-scale national efforts to advance knowledge of the impact of the environment on child health by offering high-quality, state-of-the-art laboratory support for researchers conducting epidemiology and clinical studies of child health," said M-CHEAR Director John Meeker, professor of environmental health sciences and associate dean for research at the U-M School of Public Health.
Specifically, the CHEAR program will provide the NIH-funded research community access to laboratory and statistical analyses to add or expand environmental exposures as a component of their research. To carry out these services, M-CHEAR will collaborate with existing laboratories at the School of Public Health, the Medical School, and other organizations in Ann Arbor, such as NSF International.
In addition to the Metabolomics Core, the Medical School's Biomedical Research Core Facilities (BRCF) participating labs include the DNA Sequencing Core, Epigenomics Core, Proteomics & Peptide Synthesis Core, and the Michigan Diabetes Research Center Clinical Chemistry Lab Core, which is part of the Department of Internal Medicine.