OHHI Centers of Excellence
Three OHHI Centers of Excellence were competitively awarded in 2004. They have strong multi-institutional partnerships with academia, other federal and state agencies, and the private sector; foster robust linkages across marine and biomedical sciences and management communities; and strengthen NOAA's core capabilities to conduct leading-edge research in OHH areas particularly related to NOAA's mission.
NOAA Center of Excellence for Oceans and Human Health at the Hollings Marine Laboratory (HML), Charleston, South Carolina
The OHH Center at HML is developing new methods and approaches
to identify and characterize chemical and microbial threats to marine ecosystems and human health and to
evaluate the health responses of marine organisms to stress. The core research areas for this center include:
(1) source tracking of marine pathogens; (2) emerging chemical contaminants; (3) applied marine genomics; and (4)
monitoring, assessment, and prediction.
NOAA West Coast Center of Excellence for Oceans and Human Health (WCCOHH) at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Seattle,
The WCCOHH at the NWFSC conducts its research through four core programs:
(1) pathogens, viruses, and bacteria; (2) chemical contaminants and biotoxins; (3) marine
mammals and fish as sentinel organisms; and (4) climate impacts. Key priorities for the Center
include sharing data and research results with other institutions and the public, fostering the exchange of information
among diverse communities, including other OHH programs, and providing educational opportunities.
NOAA Center of Excellence for Great Lakes and Human Health (CEGLHH) at the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, Ann Arbor,
The CEGLHH at GLERL focuses on understanding the inter-relationships
among the Great Lakes ecosystem, water quality, and human health. Main research foci include: (1) bacterial and microbial pollutant
sources and loadings; (2) pathogen/virus transport; (3) microbial research; (4) nearshore transport; and (5) Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs).
The research includes laboratory work, field experimentation, and computer modeling.
Other National OHH Centers
In June 2000, NSF and NIEHS began discussions about a
collaborative program with the goal of bringing together
the expertise of the medical community and the ocean
science community to create 'Centers of Excellence'
where OHH problems would be addressed in an interdisciplinary
research context. The four NSF-NIEHS centers were funded in
2004 and have collaborated with a number of
non-affiliated academic institutions, formed working
partnerships with several federal agencies and
state and local heath departments, grassroots groups,
NSF/NIEHS Centers for Oceans and Human Health
NSF-NIEHS Center for OHH at the University of Washington
(Pacific Northwest Center for Human Health and Ocean Studies, PNW H2O)
NSF-NIEHS Woods Hole Center for Oceans and Human Health (WHCOHH)
NSF-NIEHS Center for OHH at the University of Hawaii
(Pacific Research Center for Marine Biomedicine, PRCMB)
NSF-NIEHS Center for Oceans and Human Health at the University of Miami
(Center for Subtropical and Tropical Oceans and Human Health Research in the Marine Sciences [UMCOHH])