Researchers Examine Toxins in Teeth, Possible Link to Baby Formula

In May 2016, P30 Center Investigators Dr. Robert Wright (Center Director) and Dr. Manish Arora appeared on an episode of NY1 to describe their research on environmental factors in the development of conditions such as autism, asthma and neurodegenerative conditions like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Says Dr. Wright, “It turns out for non-infectious diseases it’s not typically one cause, it’s multiple causes and many of them kind of coming together, perhaps causing you to go over a threshold that leads to a disease.” Please click here to watch an excerpt from the show.

Dr. Landrigan Quoted in Time Article about Air Pollution

Dr. Phil Landrigan was quoted in a Time article titled “How Air Pollution Became a Major Issue in London Mayoral Race” in May, 2016. Speaking to the point of bringing air quality to the forefront of the international political agenda, Dr. Landrigan says, “The only way that the world is going to get a handle on the problem is if country by country leaders take ownership of the issue.”

Dr. Galvez Quoted in Time Magazine Article about Microwaving in Plastic

In May 2016, Dr. Galvez addressed questions about what types of containers are microwave-safe in a Time Magazine article titled, “That Plastic Container You Microwave In Could Be Super-Toxic.” Says Dr. Galvez, “It’s really hard to be a smart shopper when you don’t necessarily know what’s in a given product, so ideally the legislation and labeling would be in place so that this wouldn’t be a concern.”

Dr. Galvez Speaks to Water Concerns for Baby Formula

Dr. Maida Galvez was quoted in a Stroller Traffic article to advise parents on the quality of water used to mix baby formula. Given recent concerns about contaminated water in the national media, parents of young children wonder whether tap water is safe to be used for this purpose. “If you have high-quality water, filtering is generally not necessary,” says Dr. Galvez. Click here to read the full article.

Postdoc Science Communications Training Program Awarded Funding from Burroughs Wellcome Fund

The Postdoc Executive Committee at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai was recently awarded a grant by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund to enhance the Postdoctoral Training program. The Future Leaders in Science Education and Communication Training Program, which began last year, is designed to enhance teaching and science communication skills for postdoctoral fellows. Alison P. Sanders, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Preventive Medicine and P30 trainee, leads the program along with postdocs Eric S. Sweet, PhD, and Ryan J. Cummings, PhD. Click here to view the press release.

Preterm Birth and Epigenetics

In April 2016, Mount Sinai published a press release covering Dr. Sanders’ research on preterm birth and epigenetics. Dr. Sanders, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Preventive Medicine and P30 trainee, worked with Dr. Burris, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, to co-author this study, which was titled “MicroRNA Expression in the Cervix during Pregnancy is Associated with Length of Gestation” and published in the journal Epigenetics. Click here to view the press release.

PEHSUs Highlighted in AAP News

In February, 2016, The American Academy of Pediatrics posted an article recognizing the national Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) network. These region-based networks offer education, referrals, and resources to address local environmental health questions and challenges. Recent distress over lead contamination in Flint, MI and across the country has highlighted the value of these PEHSUs in responding to community concerns and keeping our country’s children healthy. Dr. Maida Galvez, associate professor of Preventive Medicine and Pediatrics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, directs the Region 2 PEHSU.