A wide variety of environmental exposures at different stages in life affects health and well-being. To promote the broadest possible assessment of these environmental effects on health, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) has established HHEAR—a comprehensive set of resources to enable eligible researchers to include or broaden analyses of environmental exposures in their studies of health.
HHEAR is funded by NIEHS, the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to advance understanding of the influence of environment on human health over a lifetime. HHEAR is also funded by Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO), a research program launched by the NIH. It is co-directed by David Balshaw, Ph.D. and Claudia Thompson, Ph.D. at NIEHS. Learn more about funding agency research priorities.
HHEAR is composed of three components:
- A Network of Exposure Analysis Laboratories (Lab Hubs), providing access to state-of-the-art technologies for analysis of biological and environmental samples collected from human health studies.
- The Data Repository, Analysis, and Science Center (the Data Center, RFA-ES-18-014), providing statistical services, a data repository, and data standards for integration and sharing
- The Coordinating Center (RFA-ES-18-010), connecting the research community to these exposure resources
What HHEAR Can Do
HHEAR can provide a wide range of services, including:
- Expert consultation on exposure analysis, study design, and data analysis and interpretation
- Analysis of human and/or environmental samples using state-of-the-art methods and technologies
- A data repository and associated data science tools
- Statistical and data analytical services including support for meta and pooled analyses
- Support for pilot and feasibility studies
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