Professor Chris States awarded $6.5M from NIEHS to establish Center for Integrative Environmental Health Sciences

The Center for Integrative Environmental Health Sciences (CIEHS) is funded by a very prestigious P30 center grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.  Christopher States, PhD, Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology serves as Director and John Wise Sr., PhD, Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology serves as Deputy Director.  

The long-term objective of the UofL CIEHS is to build a framework to integrate the interactions of pollutants and life style factors in human health and disease, as modified by life stage and gender. We will achieve this long-term objective by accomplishing the following specific aims.

1. Promote interdisciplinary collaborative research in current and new areas of environmental health research.
Opportunities for collaboration will be promoted through our educational programs and our Pilot Project Program (PPP).

2. Translate basic research findings.
Our Integrated Health Science Facility Core (IHSFC) will connect basic science investigators with clinical researchers and the UofL Clinical Trials Unit to assist in translation of basic research findings.

3. Recruit new and established investigators to environmental health science research.
Our Career Development Program will recruit and mentor new investigators in environmental health research. Our PPP will offer grants to recruit established investigators with unique skill sets to collaborate with CIEHS members.

4. Promote community engagement and community-based research.
Our Community Engagement Core will provide programs in the Louisville Regional Community to educate health care providers and community members (including youth groups) in environmental health issues and CIEHS investigators in community-based research, and will connect community stakeholders with CIEHS investigators to apply for pilot funding to perform ‘citizen science’ projects.

Information about CIEHS is available at