Initiative for Environmental-Health Disparities

SCIENTIFIC THEME: Mechanisms of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Toxicity

TRANSLATIONAL THEME: Systemic Dysfunction in the Etiology of Environmental Exposure-Induced Disease (Developmental CNS Dysfunction, Cardiovascular Dysfunction, Bladder and Colorectal Cancer, Low Birth Weight, Small for Gestational Age and Behavioral Learning Deficits)

Meharry Medical College in conjunction with Vanderbilt University School of Medicine has further developed the strong links between disciplines in the basic, applied, clinical and public health sciences.  Natural synergies between faculty at both institutions in our strategic research focus areas have resulted in the formation of new research teams that will allow for more efficient translation of findings to the community that we serve.

The primary focus area is Health Disparities within the context of Environmental Toxicology, Family-Community & Occupational-Environmental Medicine.  The institute will continue to develop in areas where collaborations have been ongoing with the ultimate goal of translating research findings to promote better health and prevent-augment environmental induced disease progression in minority populations.

  • Brain & Behavior
  • Cancer Biology
  • Cardiovascular Biology
  • Women's Health

The initiative was conceptualized and organized according to and consistent with the multidisciplinary framework of the MMC-VU Advanced Research Cooperation in Environmental Health (ARCH) Consortium. The formation of this institute represents a logical extension of this current NIEHS-sponsored thematic program project-like activity and the work of institute investigators will continue to ask novel, innovative and creative research questions.