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HERCULES: Stronger than ever

The HERCULES Exposome Research Center, based in the Rollins School of Public Health, was established in 2013. Since then, it has continued to make strides in exploring the ways in which the exposome — the environmental exposures and associated biological responses on human health across a lifetime — impacts health and disease.

HERCULES is one of 20 designated National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Environmental Core Centers in the United States. As such, it functions as a collaborative environmental health research center that works with various projects, scientists, and schools (Georgia Tech is a regular collaborator) to advance environmental health research and contribute to the goals of NIEHS’s strategic plan.

“In the last four years, HERCULES has made a substantial impact as a center and has emerged as a global leader for exposome research,” says James Curran, dean of the Rollins School of Public Health. “Through this center's leadership, the exposome can help propel environmental health back into the forefront of the biomedical and health care fields.”

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NIH grant renewal broadens impact of HERCULES

In May 2017, the center received a $7.5 million funding renewal for the next five years from the National Institutes of Health. In the words of center director Gary W. Miller, "This renewal will have international implications as HERCULES expands its research areas and grows the scope of its projects."

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Helping combat environmental hazards

When Atlanta's Proctor Creek overflows, it poses serious public health problems. Melanie Pearson, codirector of community engagement for HERCULES, responded to the call for help from individuals and civic organizations representing the Proctor Creek watershed.

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From tiny seeds, communities flourish

Thanks to a community grant from the HERCULES Exposome Research Center, low-income West-side Atlanta residents have been planting food gardens in their yards. It is only one of several community outreach projects the center has funded in Atlanta.

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