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The Center for Environmental Medicine and Lung Biology of the School of Medicine was established in 1979 and is broadly concerned with environmental impacts on human health and on respiratory health in particular. The name was changed in 2002 to Center for Environmental Medicine, Asthma, and Lung Biology. The Center’s research programs are closely related to those of U.S. EPA’s Human Studies Facility (Environmental Public Health Division) located on the UNC-CH medical campus. The Center is also affiliated with the Carolina Environmental Program.

Multidisciplinary approaches are used to study the effects of inhaled agents on diseased and healthy human subjects following in vivo exposures in environmental chambers. Human cells and cell lines are studied in vitro. In addition to applied and basic research programs the Center offers educational and research training opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. A formal course (ENVR 232) directed by Professor Hazucha until his retirement, “Health Effects of Outdoor and Indoor Air Pollution,” was offered through the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering in the School of Public Health.

The Center has administrative offices and laboratories located in the EPA Human Studies Facility (104 Mason Farm Road). The Center also facilitates access to the sophisticated animal environmental exposure facilities of the Environmental Public Health Division of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), located in Research Triangle Park, NC. Approximately thirty investigators from several departments in the schools of Medicine and Public Health have been involved in Center activities. Most collaborate closely with EPA scientists in the Human Studies Division in which most have adjunct appointments to the UNC faculty.

The Center has a general Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and also administers grants to individual investigators from various federal and non-federal sponsors. The Center sponsors the Visiting Pulmonary Scholar Program, Research Conferences and Seminars related to basic science and clinical studies in environmental health sciences.