Center for Health and Environmental Risk Research

National Institute for Environmental Studies

Contributing to reducing the risks posed to human health and the environment

Center for Health and Environmental Risk Research

Through cooperation with institutes in the fields of environmental risk and environmental health research, the Center for Health and Environmental Risk Research is dedicated to clarifying the risks posed to human health and ecosystems by environmental chemicals. The Center integrates activities in the fields of environmental risk research and environmental health research and the activities of the Health and Environmental Safety Research Program and of two projects administered by the Risk Assessment Science Collaboration Office and Japan Environment and Children’s Study.

Environmental Research Fields

Environmental Risk Research Field

 Establish Science to Support the Prevention of Occurrence of Environmental Risks and Help Achieve a Safe Society
The research in this field includes enhancing ecological toxicity testing, developing a new ecological risk assessment system for chemicals, developing methods to determine environmental exposure and impact of chemicals, ascertaining exposure and impacts in the ecosystem through field work and laboratory experiments and developing control measures, systematization of risk management for chemicals and other substances, and environmental fate of those substances and exposure assessment, collaboratively with the Environmental Health Research Field on research related to human health. Their findings are being applied as risk assessment science.

Environmental Health Research Field

 Contributing to Preventing Harmful Effects Caused by the Environment and Promoting Safe and Healthy Environment
Researchers are conducting animal studies, epidemiological research and exposure analyses to evaluate the effects of various environmental factors including chemicals substances on human health, especially that of future generations, and elucidate the mechanisms of these effects. The results of these research will be used to perform health risk-assessment research jointly with the Environmental Risk Research Field.