NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - The University of Louisville and the University of California at Davis have been awarded $4.4 million and $7.5 million, respectively, from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to conduct environmental genomics studies, the universities said separately today.
The funding was awarded under an NIEHS program aimed at studying how gene-environment interactions may lead to diseases. NIEHS announced the $74 million Genes and the Environment Initiative program last October.
The University of Louisville will use its $4.4 million award to establish the Center for Environmental Genomics and Integrative Biology, which will emphasize three areas, including environmental cardiology, which it described as “the interaction between the environment and humans that cause cancer and the developmental origins of health and disease.”
"Instead of studying these problems after the fact, the center will focus on what happens in the human body between an exposure to environmental contaminants and the development of disease and translate those findings to new treatments," Louisville's executive vice president for health affairs, Larry Cook, said in a statement.
"By bringing together disciplines such as bioinformatics, biostatistics and computational biology, we hope to pinpoint the genetic effects of environmental exposures," added the center's director Kenneth Ramos.
The $7.5 million NIEHS granted to UC Davis is renewed funding that will go to the school's Center for Children's Environmental Health
This center will study the role of genes and exposure to environmental chemicals during fetal development in autism.