The SWEHSC plays an important role in stimulating collaborative interactions among researchers. This is evidenced by a significant number of new, funded research projects, as well as a notable number of planned initiatives involving collaborations. The SWEHSC promotes and enhances collaborative research within and between the members through Research Focus Groups.

The themes of the three Research Focus Groups are seen below:

Environmental Exposures in Underserved Southwest Populations

Investigating the effects of environmental toxins on cardiovascular development, metabolic disorders and cancer.

Environmental Lung Diseases 

Investigating the effects of asthma, complex mixtures of environmental agents, and disease outcomes in children.

Adaptive Response to Environmental Stress

Investigating the health-related effects of agents or diseases that cause stress in cellular metabolism.