Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch
Identifying workplace and environmental exposures associated with cancer risk
The Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch (OEEB) conducts studies in the United States and abroad to identify and evaluate environmental and workplace exposures that may be associated with cancer risk.
OEEB's mission is to combine epidemiology, quantitative exposure assessment, and molecular components into multi-disciplinary studies to provide insight into cancer etiology, chemical carcinogenesis, and mechanisms of action. Our main research areas include:
OEEB Editorials and Commentaries
Buller I, Jones RR. Predicting incidence rates of rare cancers: Adding epidemiologic and spatial contexts
Koutros S. The need for, and challenges associated with, assessing occupational work histories for bladder and other occupational cancers
Jones RR. Exposure to artificial light at night and risk of cancer: Where do we go from here?
Beane Freeman LE. Challenges of pesticide exposure assessment in occupational studies of chronic diseases
Friesen MC. What should we do with short-term jobs in studies of chronic diseases?
Silverman DT. Diesel exhaust and lung cancer – aftermath of becoming an IARC Group 1 Carcinogen
- Industrial and Occupational Exposures
- Environmental Exposures
- Exposure Assessment Methods
Read more about OEEB's research areas and activities.
Training opportunities for junior investigators include planning new projects, participating in ongoing investigations, and analyzing data from studies whose fieldwork is completed. Pre-doctoral and postdoctoral fellows are mentored by senior investigators in the Branch. Meet our current OEEB fellows and find out about research training opportunities.
The breadth of OEEB's occupational and environmental risk factor research offers many possibilities for collaboration with investigators at other government agencies, domestic and international institutions, and academia, as well as training opportunities for young scientists. Collaborations are underway in 30 states and Puerto Rico in the U.S., as well as 24 countries in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
Tools and Resources
Investigators in OEEB are also engaged in developing innovative tools and approaches for assessing carcinogenic risks from occupational and environmental exposures. Find out more about OEEB tools and resources.
Recent Publications by OEEB Researchers
- Ethylene oxide emissions and incident breast cancer and non-Hodgkin lymphoma in a U.S. cohort
- Residential exposure to carbamate, organophosphate, and pyrethroid insecticides in house dust and risk of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia
- Glyphosate exposure and urinary oxidative stress biomarkers in the Agricultural Health Study
- Environmental Pollutant, PFOA, Associated with Increased Risk of Kidney Cancer
- Using Geographic Information Systems to Improve Exposure Assessment in Epidemiological Studies of Cancer
- Computer-based coding increases efficiency of risk assessments in studies of occupational exposures