Research Projects, Research Support Cores, and Enrichment Cores

PROTECT uses a holistic system of research, training and stakeholder engagement to study contaminant exposure and its potential contribution to preterm birth in Puerto Rico and beyond.


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PROTECT is organized around a “source-to-outcome” flow (white arrows, bottom) of samples and data. Biological and environmental information and samples are collected by Core C at each of the points. Researchers and trainees within Projects 1-5 use the information and samples to inform their studies; further integration of biological and environmental data by Core D enables interdisciplinary understanding beyond what any project could individually achieve. This unique scientific knowledge is enhanced by enrichment core activities to accomplish additional PROTECT products and outcomes: technology transfer, information for the public and a trained workforce.

Learn more about the integrated PROTECT components (five biomedical and environmental research projects, two research support cores and four enrichment cores) by visiting the links at left.