Founding of the Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center (SCEHSC) to investigate environmental exposures, host factors, and human disease, Director John Peters
The Children's Health Study becomes an important part of the SCEHSC, designed to study the chronic effects of air pollution on the developing lungs of 3,600 Southern California school children. An additional cohort of 2,600 children is enrolled to follow from 4th grade to high school graduation.
Map of CHS Communities
The Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center Through the Years
Founding of the NIEHS/EPA supported Children's Environmental Health Center to investigate environmental, genetic and dietary causes of respiratory disease in children, Director Henry Gong
Due to contributions of the SCEHSC and its investigators from both USC and UCLA, EPA awards a grant to establish the Southern California Particle Center and Supersite (SCPCS) at UCLA to investigate health effects of mobile source air pollution, Director John Froines
NIEHS Director Ken Olden addresses first SCEHSC Community Engagement Core Town Hall Meeting. Recognition by attendees that the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach (largest ports in the U.S.) were expanding and truck were engulfing their neighborhoods led to an increase in Center attention to air pollution and community impacts from the Ports.
New Children's Health Study cohort of 5,500 children enrolled in K- and 1st grade and follow-up of original 6,000 children into adulthood, funded by an NIEHS P01, principal investigator John Peters
Lancet paper published indicating that exercising in areas of high air pollution exposure can lead to new onset asthma
NIEHS/EPA Children's Environmental Health Center renewed to investigate air pollution effects on asthma and allergic airway disease, Director Frank Gilliland
New England Journal of Medicine paper published demonstrating that clinically significant deficits in children's lung development was associated with higher levels of regional air pollution
Children's Health Study 5th cohort follow-up through 12th grade, funded by renewed NIEHS P01, principal investigator Frank Gilliland
Lancet paper published demonstrating that exposure to traffic-related air pollution from freeways has adverse effects on children's lung development, independent of regional air quality
NIEHS Director Linda Birnbaum visits Port of L.A. and schools near the Port, expressing concerns about how to keep schoolchildren safe from the pollution, followed by a community forum on traffic-related pollution
Annals of Neurology paper published indicating that exposure to regional particulate pollution was associated with smaller brain volumes of white matter in cognitively healthy older adults
Founding of the NIEHS/NIMHD/EPA-supported MADRES Center for Environmental Health Disparities to investigate the cumulative effects of chemical pollutants and psychosocial, behavioral, and built environment risk factors, during and after pregnancy, on maternal and infant obesity-related outcomes. The prospective MADRES cohort is comprised of low-income, predominantly Hispanic pregnant women and their infants in Los Angeles.
Health Effects Institute report published evaluating whether regulations enacted to decrease emissions of major outdoor air pollutants result in improved air quality and improved children’s respiratory health
Translational Psychiatry paper published demonstrating exposure to fine particulate matter was associated with increased cognitive decline and dementia risk in older women
NIA-supported P01 funded to study preclinical risk, heterogeneity and mechanisms underlying Alzheimer’s disease associated with urban air pollution, principal investigators Caleb Finch and Jiu-Chiuan Chen