P30 Center Director Dr. Robert Wright and P30 Center Investigator Dr. Manish Arora were featured in a Washington Post article on July 11, 2016 about their research exploring the role of biomarkers, such as baby teeth, in identifying environmental exposures that occur early in life. This approach has the potential to reveal the impact of thousands of chemicals on child neurodevelopment. “No one is exposed to one chemical at a time. Everybody is exposed to clusters of chemicals at a time,” said Robert Wright, director of the Lautenberg Laboratory for Environmental Health at the Icahn School of Medicine. “Very few, if any, studies have actually addressed that.” Please click here to view the full article.
Please join us in congratulating P30 Center member Dr. Joel Dudley on receiving Mount Sinai’s Faculty Council Award for Academic Excellence. Dr. Dudley was one of three junior faculty members selected for this award. An Associate Professor in the Departments of Genetics and Genomic Sciences as well as Population Health Science and Policy, Dr. Dudley is the PI of Dudley Lab, focusing on translational and biomedical informatics.
The American Academy of Pediatrics released a policy statement in June, 2016, urging federal, state and local governments to fund and implement programs to reduce lead exposure in homes, soil, water and consumer products. “A child should not be “a canary in a coal mine,” signaling the presence of lead in a home or community, said Jennifer Lowry, a pediatrician who chaired the policy committee and is chief of toxicology at Children’s Mercy, Kansas City.” To read more, please click here. To learn about ways you can reduce lead exposure in your home, please visit our Lead Resource Page.
We are pleased to announce that P30 Center member Dr. Mary Wolff has received the Jerome J. Wesolowski Award from the International Society of Exposure Science. This prestigious award honors one scientist each year for their sustained and outstanding contributions to the knowledge and practice of human exposure assessment. To access her presentation click here.
The NIEHS-led Children’s Health Exposure Analysis Resource (CHEAR) was featured in the June issue of the Environmental Factor newsletter. The program objectives, funding structure, and grant recipients were described. The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is a current recipient of a CHEAR grant for both the National Exposure Assessment Laboratory Network and the Data Repository, Analysis, and Science Center, led by P30 Center members Drs. Wright and Teitelbaum respectively.
Environmental health experts have been eagerly awaiting updates to the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 for decades, and this May, that day finally arrived. The new bill is named the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act in honor of Senator Lautenberg, who helped introduce the bill in 2013 and has since passed away.
““This new bill is certainly an improvement on the current Toxic Substances Control Act,” said Landrigan, noting that it would increase pre-market safety testing requirements, with a mandatory emphasis on vulnerable populations. The act also removes some “trade secret” loopholes, which allowed companies to hide data on chemical testing. “But it also doesn’t go as far as a lot of us in the public health community were hoping it would go.”” (Click here to view the original article in The Atlantic)
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. 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.”
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. 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.