The Center for Human Health Risk (CHHR) is located in and operates the Hollings Marine Laboratory (HML). HML is operated under a Joint Project Agreement signed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the College of Charleston, and the Medical University of South Carolina. The research policy of the HML is governed by an Executive Board made up of an executive representative from each of the partners. During June, 2008 the Executive Board held a retreat to recommit to the partnership, acknowledge the laboratory’s accomplishments and agree to a collective future direction.
Research at HML brings basic, applied, and medical researchers together to identify and understand factors that affect the health of coastal ecosystems and the humans who live in or visit the coastal zone. The science focus of the Center and HML is to develop technology to identify and evaluate linkages between coastal development, the condition of the marine ecosystems, and public health and well-being. To accomplish this goal the HML is developing new methods and approaches that enhance the Nation’s capacity to identify and characterize chemical and microbial threats to coastal ecosystems and human health and to evaluate the responses of marine organisms and ecosystems to coastal development.