Infant diet and neurodevelopment K99/ROO Grant

Dr. Christine Austin was awarded a K99/R00 grant which proposed the development of an index of breast milk and infant formula intake using biomarkers of diet in naturally shed children’s teeth. The index will then be applied to study the association of infant diet and neurodevelopment. The study will be conducted within Dr. Wright’s, P30 Center Director, ELEMENT cohort and will provide training for Dr. Austin in neurodevelopment, advanced statistics and nutrition from mentors Dr. Robert Wright, Dr. Manish Arora, Dr. Chris Gennings, and Dr. Emily Oken.

Dr. Alison P. Sanders Recipient of the “Celebrating Women in Toxicology Award”

Dr.SandersP30 Center Trainee, Dr. Alison P. Sanders, was awarded the “Celebrating Women In Toxicology Award” from the Society of Toxicology for scientific merit and outstanding demonstration of leadership and service to the scientific/toxicology community. This award was inspired by the generosity of Ms. Anne Wolven Garrett, one of the early leaders in the field of toxicology. As a tribute to Ms. Wolven Garrett and all past and future female leaders of SOT, the Celebrating Women in Toxicology Award will recognize and encourage women who are in the early stages of developing their careers in the field of toxicology. The award will be presented at the SOT annual meeting on Wednesday March 15 5:00-7:00PM in Baltimore MD.

(PROGRESS) Study Highlighted in NIEHS Newsletter

LEadMexicoDr. Wright and Dr. Allan Just’s new published paper on lead and growth in Mexico was highlighted as an extramural paper of the month by The National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences. The new study involved participants in the NIH-funded Programming Research in Obesity, Growth, Environment and Social Stressors (PROGRESS) cohort in Mexico City. To determine how lead exposure during pregnancy is associated with children’s growth, the researchers collected blood lead levels in the second and third trimesters of pregnancy, as well as at delivery. They also assessed the bone lead levels of the mothers as a long-term exposure marker. The researchers measured the height, weight, body mass index, and percentage body fat of the participants’ children 4 to 6 years after the prenatal lead exposure. To read the full article click here.

Dr. Sicherer Featured in the PBS Article about peanut-allergies and infants

peanuts-1024x658P30 Center Member, Dr. Scott Sicherer, weighs in on the new peanut-allergy guidelines for infants from the National Institutes of Health. The guidelines state that most babies should start eating peanut-containing foods well before their first birthday to protect them from developing the dangerous food allergy. Dr. Scott Sicherer, who represented the American Academy of Pediatrics on the guidelines panel, states “Just because your uncle, aunt and sibling have an allergy, that’s even more reason to give your baby the food now” — even if they’re already older than 6 months. To read the full article click here.

Dr. Landrigan weighs in on Reuters Study about Lead and Children

LandriganCBSP30 Center Member, Dr. Landrigan, shares his insight in the December CBS news piece “Children suffer from lead poisoning in 3,000 U.S. neighborhoods.” A new study of public health records has discovered 3,000 neighborhoods in America where children suffer from lead poisoning. The study, by the Reuters news agency, found lead poisoning twice and even four times higher than what was seen in the recent contaminated water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Dr. Landrigan weighs in “It’s a very pervasive toxic chemical and there’s absolutely no level of lead in the human body which is safe.” To read the full article click here.

Dr. Ruth Loos featured in Tucson.Com Article about Genes and Obesity

genes&obesityP30 Center Member, Dr. Ruth Loos, shares her insight about genes and obesity in Tucson.Com’s article “Some Kids’ Genes Might Make Food Ads More Tempting.” Children with a genetic trait linked to obesity may be more likely than other kids to respond to fast-food commercials on TV, a new study suggests. The research, based on brain scans, isn’t definitive. Dr. Loos states “Genetic studies have shown that willpower might be controlled by people’s genetic make-up. The current study shows that, potentially, the reason why people with this genetic trait gain weight is because it is hard for them to resist food when they see it, compared to people who do not have the variant.” To read the full article click here.

Dr. Landrigan Discusses Toxic Turf with The Huffington Post

LandriganAs years have passed, there has been greater concern about artificial turf—as often happens with the introduction of an industrial product made of problematic chemicals. On November 14, 2016, P30 Center Memeber Dr. Landrigan weighed in on the debate over “Toxic Turf” and its potential health effects with the Huffington Post. To read the full article click here.



Paul Slesinger, PhD, Professor of Neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and P30 Center Member, has been awarded a 2016 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative grant to devise new tools and methods for rapidly identifying cells and genes that control certain brain circuits. “This award is an important and well-deserved honor for Dr. Slesinger, who is playing a key role in understanding mechanisms of alcoholism and other neuropsychiatric disorders so that the lives of people with these disorders can be improved,” says Paul Kenney, PhD, Chairman of the Department of Neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.  “We are thrilled to play a part in this transformative initiative, which promises to make a huge impact on the lives of so many.” Congratulations to Dr. Slesinger! To read the complete Mount Sinai Press Release click here.