Who and what can be supported by the IHS? 

The IHS consists of a group of scientists with substantial experience in the many areas of translational research.  Their contact information is included throughout this website.  Anyone is welcome to use this website to contact IHS members regarding questions, potential projects, collaborations.


Some projects may be eligible for financial support from the IHS on a “funds available” basis. 

In general the projects that we financially support must have relevance to human health as impacted by environmental exposures.  A particular focus of IHS is to provide financial support for SWEHSC Pilot Projects and SWEHSC members.  If you would like to request financial assistance for a project, you can contact IHS Co-Directors (information on this page).

Investigators requesting SWEHSC-subsidized IHS support, or general consultation for a proposed translational project, are asked to complete an online Project Assistance Form. Support requests are discussed at the weekly SWEHSC management meeting of the IHS Co-Directors, and are evaluated on established criteria.

Projects approved for subsidized assistance will proceed through a structured path called "Project Consult."

  1. Principal Investigators of approved projects meet with one of the IHS Co-Directors to discuss project details.  Our goal is to effectively match the expertise and IHS members needed to efficiently support the project. 
  2. IHFSC coordinator Ms. Riemenschneider then schedules the first Project Consult meeting with the investigator and selected IHS members, typically including one member from the Data Science Resource, the Human Populations and Exposure Resource, and the Emerging Contaminants Analytical Resource.  The objectives of this initial meeting are a more detailed research plan, a refined list of required IHS expertise, a rough timeline with project milestones, and a plan for additional Project Consult meetings to support the project.
  3. Ms. Riemenschneider attends all Project Consult meetings and reports the current status of IHS-supported projects, with timeline adherence, to the SWEHSC management group as a regular agenda item at weekly meetings.


Contact Ms. Juli Riemenschneider, IHS Coordinator.  Ms. Riemenschneider has extensive experience in the IHS and in SWEHSC.  She is a great resource to get routed to the IHS member most likely to be able to help you.  You can call Ms. Juli Riemenschneider (520) 626-2770, or click here to send her an email.


Data Science Resource (DSR)

The DSRis focused on providing expert consultation and analysis services for translational projects in the areas of statistics and bioinformatics.  Helping to plan, design and size future studies, as well as analyzing existing data sets that include high density –omics analyses are just a few of the areas in which DSR offers support.

  • To see a more in-depth descriptions of the DSR services, click here

To contact DSR Leader, Dr. Dean Billheimer, call (520) 626-9902 or click here to send him an email.


Human Populations and Exposure Resource (HPER)

The HPER aims to give expert assistance to investigators considering conducting a study involving human subjects or human samples.  Senior SWEHSC members have accumulated extensive knowledge and experience working with underserved populations in the Southwest. The long-term history of community-based studies has allowed them to build trust with Indigenous, Hispanic, and rural communities. This very-time consuming process is crucial for allowing SWEHSC investigators to collaborate with these populations, which are wary of researchers and their intentions.

  • To see a more in-depth descriptions of the HPER services, click here

To contact HPER Leader, Dr. Jefferey Burgess, call (520) 626-4918 or click here to send him an email.


Emerging Contaminants Analytical Resource (ECAR)

ECAR maintains a suite of instruments for complementary analyses on the composition of water, air, soil, sediment, biomass, and biofluids.

  • To see a more in-depth descriptions of the ECAR services, click here

  • To contact ECAR Leader, Dr. Jon Chorover, call (520) 626-5635 or click here to send him an email.