New Center Receives $7.5 Million for Children's Environmental Health Research

Patricia Buffler

A new Children's Environmental Health Center directed by Patricia Buffler was awarded $7.5 million for five years from the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The Center for Integrative Research on Childhood Leukemia and the Environment (CIRCLE) at UC Berkeley will encompass three research projects to examine the effects of in-utero and early life exposure to potentially carcinogenic chemicals present in homes, such as pesticides, tobacco smoke and polybrominated diphenyls, and their role in the development of childhood leukemia. For a description of the three projects, click here.

CIRCLE will include a Research Translation and Community Outreach Core to disseminate findings from each project. It will also support the career development of Libby Morimoto, a new junior faculty-level investigator.

Patricia Buffler is the Kenneth Howard Kaiser & Marjorie Witherspoon Kaiser Endowed Chair and Professor of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley and a faculty member of COEH.

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