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Dr. Perry Sheffield featured in Yale Climate Connections Article “More asthma attacks expected in warmer climate”

On July 19, 2017, Dr. Perry Sheffield was interviewed by Yale Climate Connections to weigh in on how longer and hotter summers, associated with continued climate change, are creating hotspots of bad air across the nation. Dr. Sheffield stated “As a pediatrician, I worry most about children, because their lungs are still growing and because they breathe faster than adults. Because of those reasons, they are more affected by bad air quality like ozone and ragweed pollen.” To read the full article click here.

Dr. Perry Sheffield featured in USA today Article “127M Americans at risk of air-quality ‘double whammy’ of smog, ragweed pollen”

Dr. Perry Sheffield

On July 2017, Dr. Perry Sheffield was featured in the USA Today article “127M Americans at risk of air-quality ‘double whammy’ of smog, ragweed pollen.” Dr. Perry Sheffield discussed why clean air is so important for human health since it doesn’t just impact the lungs, it also affects the brain, heart and skin. To read the full article click here.


“Using Team Science to Understand the Exposome and Children’s Health” Featured as NIEHS Story of Success

P30 Center Director, Bob Wright, M.D.

Dr. Robert Wright’s exposome work, “Using Team Science to Understand the Exposome and Children’s Health”, work was featured as an NIEHS Story of Success. As director of the NIEHS-funded Transdisciplinary Center on Health Effects of Early Environmental Exposures (TCEEE), Wright promotes the team science approach. He also advocates the need for investigators in multiple disciplines to perform exposomics research, including experts in molecular biology, genetics, exposure science, biostatistics, analytical chemistry, and environmental modeling. To read the full NIEHS article click here.

Drs. Reichenberg and Arora’s Autism Research highlighted in the NIEHS Environmental Factor

Dr. Avraham Reichenberg (Left) with Dr. Arora (Right)

P30 Center Members, Drs. Reichenberg and Arora, research “Fetal and postnatal metal dysregulation in Autism” was highlighted by NIEHS’s Environemental Factor. Baby teeth from children with autism contain more toxic lead and less of the essential nutrients zinc and manganese than baby teeth from children without autism, according to Drs. Reichenberg’s and Arora’s study. The findings, published June 1 in Nature Communications, suggest that differences in early-life exposure to metals, and more importantly, how a child’s body processes them, may affect the risk of autism. “Autism is a condition in which both genes and environment play a role, but figuring out which environmental exposures may increase risk has been difficult,” said lead researcher Manish Arora, Ph.D., an environmental scientist and dentist at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “Some scientists have proposed that events before we are born may increase our risk of autism, but what is needed is a window into our fetal life — which baby teeth provide,” he added. Dr. Arora and his colleagues developed and validated this innovative use of baby teeth with NIEHS support. They previously showed that the amount of lead in dentine formed around the time of birth was strongly correlated with lead levels in umbilical cord blood. To read the full story click here.

Environmental Defense Fund Study Finds Lead in Baby Food–Dr. Maida Galvez Weighs In

Dr. Maida Galvez, MD, MPH, associate professor of environmental medicine and public health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, director of the Region 2 Environmental Health Specialty Unit (NJ, NY, PR, and USVI) and Tom Neltner, JD, Chemicals Policy Director for the Environmental Defense Fund discuss a study which discovered that roughly 20 percent of baby food samples were found to contain lead. The study also found that more than 1 million children consume more lead than FDA’s limit. Eliminating lead in food would save society more than $27 billion annually in total lifetime earnings from saved IQ points. To read the full EDF report click here and to watch the video click here.

P30 Center Member’s New Study on Autism and Exposure to Specific Toxins Published in Nature Communications

Using evidence found in baby teeth, P30 Center Researchers from The Senator Frank R. Lautenberg Environmental Health Sciences Laboratory and The Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment at Mount Sinai found that differences in the uptake of multiple toxic and essential elements over the second and third trimesters and early postnatal periods are associated with the risk of developing autism spectrum disorders (ASD), according to a study published June 1 in the journal Nature Communications. The critical developmental windows for the observed discrepancies varied for each element, suggesting that systemic dysregulation of environmental pollutants and dietary elements may serve an important role in ASD. In addition to identifying specific environmental factors that influence risk, the study also pinpointed developmental time periods when elemental dysregulation poses the biggest risk for autism later in life

High Levels Of Prenatal Air Pollution Exposure And Stress Increase Childhood Asthma Risk

A new study has found that children, especially boys, whose mothers were exposed to higher levels of outdoor particulate air pollution at the same time that they were very stressed were most likely to develop asthma by age six. The study was presented at the 2017 American Thoracic Society International Conference.  The team, led by senior investigator Rosalind Wright, MD, MPH, dean of translational biomedical research at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, conducted this study because of their overarching interest in understanding how these and other environmental factors interact to produce respiratory health disparities. “We know from prior research that lower income, ethnically mixed urban populations are more greatly burdened with asthma and other respiratory health problems,” said lead author Alison Lee, MD, assistant  professor, medicine, pulmonary, critical care at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.”

– Rosalind Wright, MD, MPH, Professor, Pulmonary and Critical Care, Environmental Medicine and Public Health, Medicine, Pediatrics, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Dean, Translational Biomedical Research, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

– Alison Lee, MD, Assistant Professor, Medicine, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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PERSPECTIVE: Recycled Rubber Playing Surfaces Should be Prohibited Until Proven Safe

P30 Center Director, Robert Wright, MD, MPH and Center Member, Sarah Evans, PhD, MPH wrote an article for Connecticut By the Numbers about Recycled Rubber Playing Surfaces. This article is based on testimony provided to the Connecticut General Assembly’s Committee on Children during the current legislative session regarding HB 6998, An Act Concerning the Use of Recycled Tire Rubber at Municipal and Public School Playgrounds. Dr. Wright and Dr. Evans identified  several potential dangers that playing on recycled rubber playing surfaces pose to children. To read the full article click here.

P30 Researcher Bruce Gelb Named President-Elect of the American Pediatric Society

P30 Center Member, Bruce D. Gelb, MD, has been elected President of the American Pediatric Society (APS) by the organization’s members. Dr. Gelb will serve as President-Elect from May 2017, and as President starting in May 2018.


Dr. Gelb is the Gogel Family Professor of Child Health and Development and Professor of Pediatrics, and Genetics and Genomic Sciences, at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and Director of The Mindich Child Health and Development Institute.  He is an internationally acclaimed translational pediatric investigator and expert in Noonan syndrome. He has developed an extensive program in genomics, focusing on traits associated with heart malformations and the causes of congenital heart disease.


“I am honored to have been selected to lead the APS,” said Dr. Gelb. “Given the opportunities and challenges facing us today as we strive to improve the health and well-being of our nation’s children, the importance of the APS’s mission has never been clearer.”


The mission of the American Pediatric Society is to advance academic pediatrics.  The APS’s first president was Abraham Jacobi, who established the first pediatrics department in the United States at The Mount Sinai Hospital.