GuLF Study Leaders

Dr. Dale Sandler

Dr. Dale Sandler

Dr. Sandler received her MPH from Yale University School of Medicine in 1975, and her Ph.D. in Epidemiology from The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health in 1979. Dr. Sandler is Chief of the Epidemiology Branch at NIEHS. She studies environmental causes of chronic disease in adults. Dr. Sandler's research has looked at risk factors for breast cancer, leukemia, kidney disease, health effects of residential and occupational exposure to radon, and the health consequences of exposure to cigarette smoke and agricultural chemicals.

Dr. Richard Kwok

Dr. Richard Kwok

Dr. Kwok received his M.S.P.H. and Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a Staff Scientist in the Epidemiology Branch at NIEHS. Dr. Kwok's interests focus on the environmental causes of a range of diseases. The pervasive nature of the environment in disease etiology has allowed him to work on a number of different projects with collaborators both nationally and internationally. His work has included research into air and water pollution, including arsenic, and non-ionizing UV radiation exposures with health outcomes including cardiovascular, respiratory, reproductive and cancer.

Dr. Lawrence Engel

Dr. Lawrence Engel

Dr. Engel received his M.S. in Epidemiology in 1996 and his Ph.D in 1999 from the University of Washington School of Public Health. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina and an Associate Scientist in the Epidemiology Branch at NIEHS. Dr. Engel's main research interests are environmental and occupational risk factors for cancer and neurologic diseases. His primary focus is on non-Hodgkin lymphoma, liver cancer, breast cancer, and Parkinson's disease.

Dr. Aubrey Miller

Dr. Aubrey Miller

Dr. Aubrey Miller received his M.D. from Rush Medical College in Chicago, Illinois and his M.P.H. in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences from the University of Illinois, School of Public Health. He is board certified in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Dr. Miller is a Senior Medical Advisor at NIEHS and a liaison to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Dr. Miller oversees a small staff of NIEHS employees who are readily available to meet with NIH and HHS representatives, federal partners, members of Congress, and other stakeholders to discuss how environmental factors influence human health and disease. He has previously provided leadership, expertise, and coordination for major federal emergency responses, such as the Libby Montana asbestos situation, the anthrax attacks in Washington, DC, and Hurricane Katrina.

Other GuLF STUDY Leaders

Aaron Blair, PhD, National Cancer Institute
Mark Stenzel, Exposure Assessment Applications, LLC.
Patricia A. Stewart, PhD, Stewart Exposure Assessments, LLC.

More about the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is one of 25 Institutes and Centers of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is a part of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The mission of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is to discover how the environment affects people in order to promote healthier lives. The NIEHS achieves its mission through multidisciplinary biomedical research programs, prevention and intervention efforts, and communication strategies such as training, education, technology transfer, and community outreach.

Who is Collecting the Data for NIEHS?

Social & Scientific Systems, a professional health research services firm, works closely with NIEHS study leaders to recruit participants, collect data, and manage the day-to-day activities of the study. More information about SSS can be found at www.s-3.com.

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