Clean Air Research Centers - 2010

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will invest close to $32 million over the next five years in Clean Air Research Centers (CLARC). The CLARCs will research health effects of exposure to particulate matter (PM), ozone, and other air pollutants, both singly and in multipollutant atmospheres. The four CLARCs, located across the United States, are: Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA; Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI; University of Washington, Seattle, WA; Harvard University, Boston, MA. Each CLARC will receive approximately $8 million, over 5 years, each to study a range of exposures to various air pollution sources and mixtures and their associated health effects. This exciting new research will explore health impacts across life stages, amongst susceptible and vulnerable populations, and across communities where exposures may be of greater health risk. The CLARCs will also be looking at a myriad of health effects from cardiovascular and pulmonary problems to neurological and inflammation outcomes. Funding has been provided to ensure all four CLARCs will also collaborate to advance the research along the most robust and innovative pathways. Results from this important environmental health research will provide much needed information to protect human health and to safeguard the natural environment. EPA is expecting the new CLARC research centers to advance our understanding of air pollution and human health effects using an integrated, multidisciplinary approach that individual grant awards to a single investigator are not able to achieve.