A Cross-Town Partnership

UChicago and UIC collaborate on CACHET

CACHET in Chicago

Center established through $4 million grant from NIH

The NIEHS ChicAgo Center for Health and EnvironmenT (CACHET)

The ChicAgo Center for Health and EnvironmenT (CACHET) promotes multidisciplinary environmental health research among clinician, laboratory and population scientists from two Chicago area universities with complementary strengths and structure to understand, evaluate and ultimately reduce environmental health related disparities among residents of the region and beyond.

Upcoming Event:

Upcoming Webinar: A Global Plastics Treaty That Protects Endocrine Health

Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2024Time: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM ET


  • Robert Thomas Zoeller, MD, University of Massachusetts Amherst: How plastic chemicals affect the hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid axis.
  • Robert Sargis, MD, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago: Plastic chemicals are obesogens and diabetogens.
  • Leonardo Trasande, MD, MPP, NYU School of Medicine: What you can do with your patients to turn off the plastic tap and protect the endocrine system.
  • Marina Fernandez, MSC, PhD, National Council for Scientific and Technical Research, Buenos Aires: Call for a global plastics treaty that protects endocrine health.


The rapidly increasing levels of plastic pollution represent a serious global environmental issue that negatively affects the environmental, social, economic and health dimensions of sustainable development. In February 2022, at the resumed fifth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly, a historic resolution was adopted to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution with the ambition to complete the negotiations by end of 2024. The session will review effects of EDCs from plastics in the endocrine system and the current state of the Plastics Treaty negotiations.