Early this week the National Institutes of Health revealed the awards for the Children’s Health Exposure Analysis Resource (CHEAR), a research initiative that will facilitate the integration of the exposome concept into children’s health studies. The CHEAR infrastructure is centered around three primary components—the National Exposure Assessment Laboratory Network; the Data Repository, Analysis, and Science Center; and the Coordinating Center.
The NEALE, the National Exposure Assessment Laboratory at Emory, will serve as one of the six hubs of the lab network. NEALE will offer services in analytical chemistry, high-resolution metabolomics, bioinformatics and biological indicators of exposure. NEALE builds upon Emory’s P30 Environmental Health Center, HERCULES: Health and Exposome Research Center, bringing those resources to the broader extramural research community. Under the leadership of Dr. Gary Miller, professor and associated dean for research in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory, the NEALE team draws from investigators at Emory and Georgia Tech with expertise in children’s health and emerging and established technologies for understanding early-life exposures.
The CHEAR awards accompany a larger set of NIH awards focused on understanding the role of the environment in children’s health and development.
Read more about the CHEAR initiative, grantees and other new NIH awards on children’s health and the environment.