The Environmental Epidemiology Branch in NCI’s Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program promotes and supports epidemiologic research on modifiable risk factors and cancer in diverse populations to inform and advance the prevention and control of cancer.
Research areas of interest include:
- lifestyle factors
- infectious agents
- physical and chemical agents
- social and built environment
Learn more about EEB’s interests in the following areas, relevant funding opportunity announcements, related EGRP events, and staff contacts.
Chemical and Physical Exposures
A growing number of chemical and physical agents have been classified as carcinogens by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences’ National Toxicology Program. EGRP is committed to supporting the study of these agents, their contribution and effects on cancer risk, and the advancement of methodological development to improve these efforts.
Early Life Exposures
EGRP aims to stimulate research focused on the role of early-life factors (maternal-paternal, in utero, birth and infancy, puberty, adolescence, and young adult years) in cancer development later in life.
Gene-Environment Research and Cancer Epidemiology
EGRP is interested in research that integrates biological data with epidemiological data from environmental exposure and germline genetic projects, and includes mechanistic follow-up designed to understand the biological processes involved in the interplay between environmental exposures and genes at the molecular, cellular, and/or organism level.
NCI is interested in research that integrates and analyzes geospatial data and/or spatial methodology across the cancer control continuum. Geospatial approaches include the use of location-based technologies such as geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), other location-based technologies or may involve improved mapping techniques and applied spatial methodology.
Global Health and Cancer Epidemiology
EGRP supports NCI’s priorities in global health and collaborates with NCI’s Center for Global Health and NIH partners to support research for cancer control and prevention, globally.
Staff in EGRP partner with others at NCI and NIH to foster research to better understand the causes of health disparities and develop interventions to reduce differences in the incidence, prevalence, mortality, and burden of cancer and related adverse health conditions that exist among specific population groups in the United States.
EGRP partners with others at NCI and NIH to foster investigator-initiated research to better understand the role of infectious agents in cancer.
Environmental Epidemiology Webinar Series
The Environmental Epidemiology Webinar Series will highlight novel cancer research strategies and needs focused on the exposome and early life environmental exposures and events.
Infectious Agents and Cancer Epidemiology Research
Highlighting cutting-edge research and sharing scientific knowledge about technologies and methods that may enhance and facilitate infection-associated cancer epidemiology research.
Research in Understudied Populations and Cancer Disparities Webinar Series
Focusing on innovative cancer epidemiology research on groups in which there are limited data regarding cancer risks and outcomes that can inform cancer control policies and interventions.
Human Health Exposure Analysis Resource (HHEAR)
This NIH-supported resource aims to advance understanding of the influence of environment on human health over a lifetime. HHEAR provides researchers access to high-quality, exposure-assessment services including, state of the art laboratory analysis of biological and environmental samples, statistical analysis, and expert consultation on exposure analysis, study design, and data analysis and interpretation.
Keep up to date about the current Environmental Epidemiology projects and initiatives ongoing at EGRP.
Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program (BCERP)
BCERP supports a multidisciplinary network of scientists, clinicians, and community partners to examine the effects of environmental exposures that may predispose a woman to breast cancer throughout her life.
Metabolic Dysregulation and Cancer Risk Program: A Transdisciplinary Approach to Obesity-Associated Cancer Research
The Metabolic Dysregulation and Cancer Risk Program is a transdisciplinary research effort to enhance knowledge of the underlying mechanisms linking obesity, metabolic dysregulation, and increased cancer risk.
View information about the Environmental Epidemiology projects and initiatives at EGRP that have been completed.
Long Island Breast Cancer Study Project
The Long Island Breast Cancer Study Project (LIBCSP) was a multistudy effort to investigate whether environmental factors are responsible for breast cancer in Suffolk and Nassau counties, NY, as well as in Schoharie County, NY, and Tolland County, CT.
Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Breast Cancer Study
In 1992, the National Cancer Institute was joined by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to fund a study on factors that may contribute to the high breast cancer mortality rates in the northeastern and mid-Atlantic regions of the United States.