CEHS receives £1 million funding to research effect of environmental exposures on health

CEHS has been granted £1 million by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) for a Health Protection Research Unit in Environmental Exposures and Health development award

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has granted a £1 million development award to the Centre for Environmental Health and Sustainability at the University of Leicester, in partnership with Public Health England (PHE), to create a new pioneering national research centre to investigate the effect of environmental exposures on health.

Working with Public Health England (PHE) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the new Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) in Environmental Exposures and Health will focus on research into how exposures in the built environment affect health. The research will measure the impact of factors such as indoor air quality, traffic noise and green spaces on health – ranging from the cognitive development of children to cardiovascular disease in adults.

In addition, the research will examine how novel compounds affect health, such as emissions from 3D printing and volatile organic compounds.