September 2019: 16th Academic Pediatric Association Environmental Scholars Retreat

The Mount Sinai P30, CTSA and Exposomics Institute and Brown University partnered in sponsoring the 16th Academic Pediatric Association Environmental Scholars Retreat November 1-3 in Providence Rhode Island. Trainees from 12 different universities across the country participated. The annual Environmental Health Scholars Retreat, supported by Mount Sinai since its inception gives trainees an opportunity to present research in progress in an informal setting with faculty input on the project and presentation. Drs Allan Just, Joseph Braun, Heather Burris and Robert Wright lead the planning committee each year. Many past attendees have gone on to successful research careers. Every year, national and international leaders in environmental health give talks and keynote symposium; past speakers have included the Director of NIEHS and Administrator of the EPA. Our Theme this year was Gender Issues in Academics. Each year we hold a pre-meeting workshop on Friday afternoon designed to build academic and research skills. This meeting the workshop was themed on Grant Writing: “From Specific Aims to Understanding Reviewers” led by Dr. Robert Wright of Mount Sinai School of Medicine. It was followed by small group sessions led by faculty participants.  Keynote speakers this year included Dr Carol Shreffler, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, who spoke on obtaining K awards, Dr Rosalind Wright, Mount Sinai, who spoke on Disentangling Impact of Chemical and Non-Chemical Stressors on Child Health Outcomes, and Dr Tamara James-Todd, Harvard University, spoke on her research in environmental chemical exposures and racial ethnic disparities in children. Dr Heather Burris, Penn University, led a panel discussion Navigating and Supporting Gender Equity in Academics, a Focus on the Career Development of Women. and Dr Joseph Braun, Brown University, spoke on using Directed Acyclic Graphs in Epidemiologic Research. Invited participants from Columbia University (Andrea Baccarelli), Tufts (Abby Fleisch),and  Mount Sinai (Chris Gennings, Douglas Walker, Elena Colicino, Corina Lesseur, and Allan Just) led the small group sessions of the workshop and provided in depth feedback to trainees on their works in progress.