STAR Center Grant - Pregnancy Exposure to Environmental Contaminants: Research and Prevention

Investigator: Tracey Woodruff, PhD, MPH
Sponsor: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Location(s): United States


Drawing from PRHE's multidisciplinary approach, our focus is on expanding our understanding of sources and exposures to environmental chemicals during development and effectons on health. We prioritize filling gaps in knowledge that support clinical decision-making and public policy.

PRHE’s research strategy is to expand knowledge of prenatal exposures to chemicals, focusing on:

  • Identifying the major sources of exposure to chemicals that are ubiquitous in our environment in order to support effective strategies for reducing and preventing harmful exposures;
  • Increasing our understanding of fetal exposures to chemicals during key periods of prenatal development in order to improve the accuracy of health-based decision and policy-making as well as epidemiologic and clinical research; and
  • Illuminating the potential impacts of prenatal exposures on health throughout life in order to expand our understanding of many common chronic childhood and adult diseases and disabilities.