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WSU awarded NIEHS grant to study urban environmental stressors

August 6, 2014

A new grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) will allow researchers to study how exposures to stressors that are prevalent in the urban industrialized environment impact human health in Detroit and beyond. The grant, awarded to Wayne State University, is one of 21 Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers funded by NIEHS. The new Center for Urban Responses to Environmental Stressors (CURES) includes collaborators at Henry Ford Health System, the University of Michigan, and Michigan State University, as well as community organizations. CURES will study diseases that compromise quality of life in an industrialized urban environment, such as Detroit, explained CURES co-leader, Melissa Runge-Morris, M.D., director of the Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and professor of oncology at Wayne State University. "Our team of researchers, along with community members, will explore the role of environmental exposure on immune disorders, metabolic disease, cancer, and mental health," she said.