National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences ( NIEHS ) is a public research institution in the network of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). The task of the NIEHS is to reduce disease and disability in people through the exploration of environmental influences. The NIEHS conducts basic research, clinical research and training for researchers. The research results of the NIEHS is one of the effects of asbestos, the developmental delay in children who were exposed to lead, and human health from air pollution. In 1994, Martin Rodbell was among the recipients of the Nobel Prize in Medicine, who worked in the NIEHS Laboratory. Also there researchers discovered 1995 gene Prostate suppressed.


The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences is in Research Triangle Park (RTP ) near Durham ( North Carolina). Director is Dr. Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., DABT, ATS; the Deputy. Conductor is Richard Woychik.

The NIEHS is composed of:

  • Division of Intramural Research ( DIR), namely, research within the NIEHS
  • Division of Extramural Research and Training funded research outside
  • Division of the National Toxicology Program an inter-ministerial program headquartered in the NIEHS