Risk Centers & Institutes

Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute
This institute houses a select group of scientists, physicians, educators, and policy researchers focused on the serious health effects of environmental pollutants. Institute members investigate ways people are exposed to chemicals, study how chemicals react in the body, educate the public about risks from chemical exposure, and assist in formulating policies to protect human health.

Florida Center for Environmental Studies
 The Florida Center for Environmental Studies (CES) is a state university research center that was established in July 1994 by Florida’s State University System’s Board of Regents. CES’ main office is located at Florida Atlantic University’s Davie Campus. The vision of CES is to improve Florida’s sustainability through research, education and outreach on ecology, climate change, and society. (Posted January 2015.)

ILSI Risk Science Institute (now part of ILSI Research Foundation)
This non-profit research institute was established in 1985 to improve risk assessment methods by strengthening the scientific principles on which assessments are based. In 2005, the ILSI Risk Science Institute and the ILSI Center for Health Promotion, which were formerly separate entities, became part of ILSI Research Foundation, together with the ILSI Human Nutrition Institute.

The ILSI Research Foundation was formed in 1984 to create a philanthropic vehicle for the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) to support original research. Its Board of Trustees—from public and private entities around the world—guide the Foundation in its mission to deliver ground-breaking science that is useful now and into the future. The Research Foundation’s current priority areas of work are currently grouped into three centers of excellence: Center for Environmental Risk Assessment of Genetically Modified Crops (CERA), Center for Risk Science Innovation and Application (RSIA), and Center for Nutrition and Health Promotion.

Risk Science Institute is part of the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI), a nonprofit, worldwide foundation established in 1978 to advance the understanding of scientific issues relating to nutrition, food safety, toxicology, risk assessment, and the environment.

Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences
This institute (known by the acronym INFORMS) serves the scientific and professional needs of investigators, scientists, students, educators, managers, and institutions in the fields of operations research and the management sciences and in related fields such as information technology. The institute aims to help these professionals provide rational bases for decision making by seeking to: (1) understand and structure complex situations using analytical and numerical techniques to develop and manipulate mathematical and computer models of organizational systems and (2) use this understanding to predict system behavior and improve system performance. The INFORMS web includes searchable databases of bibliographies based on the journal International Abstracts in Operations Research, of information about conference papers, and of links to members’ web sites and to working papers.

Institute for Risk Research
This institute in Waterloo, Canada, was established in 1982 to conduct original research studies on risk assessment, management, and communication issues and to establish a knowledge base to assist Canadian governments, public organizations, and industry in risk management decisions and policies. Research and development on measures of safety, risk management of dangerous goods, safety of blood systems, etc., provision of membership services for risk experts in Canada, risk publications, and educational programs have all contributed to the mission. (Updated December 2011.)

Public Entity Risk Institute
This not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization serves public, private, and nonprofit organizations as a dynamic, forward thinking resource for the practical enhancement of risk management. Its web site includes the Clearinghouse database, which provides information and links to hundreds of risk management, safety, disaster management, and other resources; a news center that includes PERIscope, the institute’s quarterly newsletter; and information about the PERI Grant and Research Program, with descriptions of the projects it has funded or is funding.

Risk, Science, Health and the Media
This research group, established in 1999 at the Cardiff University School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, “examines the whole circuit of communication, addressing questions such as: How is risk, science, technology and health reporting ‘produced’ (by sources and journalists)? How are concerns represented in the media (from news reporting to science fiction)? How is risk interpreted/incorporated (by media audiences, policy makers, and ‘publics’)?” (Posted March 2001, updated December 2011.)

Mickey Leland National Urban Air Toxics Research Center
The U.S. Congress authorized the Mickey Leland National Urban Air Toxics Research Center in the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 and charged the research facility to sponsor and gather scientific information on the human health effects caused by exposure to air toxics. The center develops and supports research that will yield a better understanding of the potential risks posed to human health by exposure to air toxics, as defined by the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments, and will fill the gaps in the scientific data required to make sound environmental health public policy decisions. Named after the late Congressman Mickey Leland, whose efforts on behalf of public health contributed significantly to the passage of key amendments to the Clean Air Act, the center incorporated in 1991 and is located in the Texas Medical Center, Houston, Texas. (Posted February 2007.)

Northwestern Ovarian Cancer Early Detection Program
Located at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, the Northwestern (formerly National) Ovarian Cancer Early Detection and Prevention Program (NOCEDPP) is a clinical and research program. The clinical program combines the expertise of gynecologic oncology, genetics, ultrasonography, biochemistry, and molecular biology to offer a comprehensive detection program for women at risk for developing ovarian cancer and for women diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The research program is designed to identify detection tools, prevention methods and therapies, and to improve quality of life for women at increased risk of developing ovarian cancer and for those with the disease. The program also helps women understand their risk factors for ovarian cancer and identifies women at increased risk. (Posted June 2002, updated December 2011.)

The National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging and National Library of Medicine have developed NIHSeniorHealth, a website for older adults, which provides easily accessible aging-related health information for family members and friends seeking reliable, easy-to-understand on-line health information. The website’s senior-friendly features include large print, with special buttons to enlarge the text or turn on high contrast to make text more readable; short, easy-to-read segments of information, with a “talking” function that reads the text aloud; and simple navigation. (Posted June 2005.)

Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center
Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center is the largest of U.S. Department of Agriculture’s human nutrition research facilities and the home of the first human nutrition research conducted by USDA, dating back to the late 1890s. The center aims to define, through research, the role of food and its components in optimizing human health and in reducing the risk of nutritionally related disorders in the diverse population. Also see a news release about BHNRC’s new buildings. (Posted August 2003, updated December 2011.)

Institute of Food Science & Technology
This international professional organization for food scientists and technologists is based in London, England. On-line documents include IFST position statements on current food-related hot topics.

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