Center for Children's Environmental Health


Chemical Widely Used in Antibacterial Hand Soaps May Impair Muscle Function

Johnson and Johnson agrees to phase out chemical Triclosan after research study released by UCD Children's Center (Dr. Isaac Pessah pictured)

Autism Risk for Children of Obese Mothers

Listen to the NPR Broadcast of the study released by Paula Krakowiak (photo), Irva Hertz-Picciotto, et. al. 

Nutrition and Neurodevelopment

UC Davis MIND Summer Institute Video Lecture by Rebecca Schmidt, Ph.D. 

Monthly EPA/NIEHS Children's Centers Webinar Series

Listen in every second Wednesday at 10 a.m. (PST) to the latest research on children's health (Photo: Irva Hertz-Picciotto, Ph.D., M.P.H.)

Center for Children's Environmental Health


The Center for Children's Environmental Health (CCEH) was established in 2002 as a joint effort between the federal Environmental Protection Agency, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the University of California, Davis. At the same time, the State of California founded the MIND Institute at the UC Davis Medical Center with the Children's Center as its main research centerpiece.  


Scientists in the CCEH study the effects of the environment on children's health, with a particular focus on autism. Researchers come from all fields including molecular biology, medicine, nutrition, psychology, animal behavior, and genetics.  An Advisory Board including parents, activists, non-profits, government agencies, and concerned citizens, helps guide the Center.  The Center is led by Dr. Isaac Pessah, Director, and Dr. Irva Hertz-Picciotto, Deputy Director. 

This Center is one of several children's centers throughout the nation funded by the U.S. EPA (Grant #R829388 and R833292) and NIEHS (Grant #P01ES011269).  Funding is also provided by the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, School of Medicine, the Office of Graduate Studies, the MIND Institute and the Office of Research.

For more information, contact Rebecca Moos, Center Analyst and Webmaster, at 530-754-8157 or