Funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIEHS award P30 ES006096.
One of the United States' 1st environmental health science research programs and the region's only academic center of its kind, the Center for Environmental Genetics (CEG) is home to global leaders in the study of gene-environment interactions (GxE) and the translation of research into advances in primary prevention and bedside care. Our mission: To conduct innovative, multidisciplinary GXE research and translate discoveries to regional and global disease prevention with healthier environments and empowered communities. Toward these ends, CEG investigators, trainees and collaborators are currently studying the role of GXE in endocrine disruption and cancer; immune and allergic diseases; cardiovascular and lipid disorders; and neurological and behavioral disorders.
The CEG's nationally and internationally recognized researchers devote special attention to the early origins of disease; windows of susceptibility (e.g., in utero, puberty); the interplay between genetics and epigenetics; genomics, epigenomics and other -omics (proteomics, metabolomics, metagenomics, and metallomics); the influence of lifestyle modifiers such as diet or stress on epigenetic reprogramming; and, finally, the data void related to continuous lifelong editing of early developmental programming and the potential for transgenerational effects. More about us here.
Susan M. Pinney, Ph.D., FACE. Dr.Pinney also serves as Director of the CEG Community Engagement Core and co-leader of the CEG Integrative Health Sciences Facilities Core. In 2018, she was awarded more than a half-million dollars in research funding for her epidemiological studies of environmental exposures and the developmental origins of disease. These awards include R01 and R24 funding from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and an R03 award from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). In sum, the Center for Environmental Genetics has been and remains in good hands as continues more than a quarter-century of excellence in research, research translation, and environmental health science workforce training.
Dr. Pinney and other CEG leaders gladly engage with concerned citizens and regional stakeholders regarding questions of environmental exposures human health, and journalists frequently call upon CEG-funded investigators for their scientific expertise. In this University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center news story, Dr. Pinney is seen during an WVXU interview discussing potential exposure to per- and poly-fluoroalkyl compounds (PFAS) through Ohio River drinking water sources. Byline: UC Public Information Officer Cedric Ricks, 2020 Jan 8. Other CEG members recently sharing their expertise in the news include CEG New Investigator Awardee (2018-2020) Katherine Burns, Ph.D. (explaining the importance of endometriosis research to the public) and 2019 CEG Pilot Awardee Senu Apewokin, M.D. (discussing CoVID19 preparations).