A Role for the Public and Scientists in the NIEHS Research Plan
The director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences is asking both scientists and the public to contribute their thoughts on future research into how the environment influences human health.
Thornton: When Dr. David A. Schwartz took over as director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, he said he would ask for the input of the public and scientists at large on a variety of issues. Now he's asking them to contribute their thoughts about future research into how the environment influences human health. Dr. Sheila Newton, Director of the Office of Science Policy and Planning, describes the four basic elements to be considered.
Newton: The first element is basic research and that's really how to understand how environmental exposures fundamentally alter human biology. That's really the sort of the structural building block of how the cell and the organism work. The second building blocks then is to build on the first one, human health and disease and focus on human diseases that are in part caused by environmental exposures. Global environmental health, that's the support research programs to understand the health risks and sort of come up with solutions for populations around the world and the fourth building block is education training and career development and its really about providing the pipe line of researchers that we need to get this done now and in the future.
Thornton: For more information and a user friendly website visit niehs.nih.gov/external/plan2006/home.htm. This is Matt Thornton at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland.
About This Audio Report
Reporter: Matt Thornton
Sound Bite: Dr. Shiela Newton