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 the Human Subjects and Sampling Core 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 the Data Management and Modeling Core 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.