Volume 94 Issue 38 | pp. 18-21
Issue Date: September 26, 2016

Inside the institute charged with exploring how chemicals affect human health

Fifty-year-old National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences is the U.S.’s top environmental health research agency
Department: Government & Policy
Keywords: public health, NIEHS, environmental health, NIH, biomedical research

North Carolina was facing tough economic times in the early 1960s. “The agriculture industry was slowing down, textile and cotton mills were shutting down, and tobacco factories were closing,” says John Schelp, a community outreach specialist at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). Even North Carolina’s famous furniture industry was having problems, Schelp says. “Students would go to college in North Carolina and, as quickly as possible, leave the state to get jobs . . .

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