Rollins researchers receive global environmental research and training award

Researchers from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University received a $1.5 million Global Environmental and Occupational Health (GEOHealth) award from the Fogarty International Center (FIC) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The grant is part of a five-year program — GeoHealth Hubs — to create a network of regional environmental health research and training centers across different continents. At the same time a paired research grant, centered at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru (PI Gustavo Gonzales), also received $1.5 million, to conduct three research studies.

Led by Kyle Steenland, PhD and PBEE faculty member, Karen Levy, PhD, in the department of Environmental Health, along with co-researchers at John Hopkins University and the University of Georgia, the team will create a regional training and development center that is based in Lima, Peru with links to neighboring countries Chile, Ecuador and Bolivia.

The new center will conduct three research projects: an intervention to improve indoor air in relation to cardiovascular health, a study of outdoor air pollution in Lima (the most polluted, large city in Latin America), and a study of the effects of climate change in Peru (a country where El Niño regularly causes major health problems likely to be exacerbated by increasing temperatures).

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