Children's Health and Environment Program

The Children's Health and Environment Program (CHEP) is part of the Child Health Research Centre at The University of Queensland. Led by Professor Peter Sly, the Children’s Health and Environment Program (CHEP) aims to address the impact of environmental exposures on child health through a holistic approach to environmental health research and policy reform. Our research focuses on understanding early life mechanisms of disease, and on improving risk assessment for environmental exposures - the process of estimating or measuring the magnitude, frequency and duration of environmental exposures in children.

The group conduct bench to bedside research that aims to understand environmental contributions to chronic disease, with an emphasis on chronic childhood lung diseases such as asthma and cystic fibrosis. With research that spans a continuum from basic science, longitudinal cohort studies, clinical trials, and translation of findings into clinical practice, we work to delay or prevent lung disease, improve its clinical management and halt its progression as children transition to adulthood.


Honorary Staff, external members and associates


We have a range of projects being undertaken under the following areas of interest:

The Children's Health and Environment program has been endorsed for the second consecutive term as a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Children's Health and the Environment.

This prestigious position acknowledges the considerable expertise resident within the program and the work being done to understand and inform about environmental exposures and the impacts on child health.

Learn more about our Collaborating Centre: