Environmental Exposures

The Center conducts prospective research studies of pregnant women and their children in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Our largest study is in New York City, tracking low-income African-American and Latino children from Northern Manhattan and the South Bronx since birth through early adolescence. These neighborhoods bear a disproportionate share of the city’s pollution sources. These communities are home to diesel bus depots, major commercial roadways, and deteriorated public housing, which is often infested with pests. Unfortunately, these are conditions are all too common in many urban environments.

There is growing evidence, much of it from our own research, that exposure to pollution sources during the sensitive fetal and early childhood periods can result in multiple adverse health effects. Our team of more than three dozen scientific investigators, trained in fields including environmental exposure assessment, perinatal epidemiology, pediatric oncology, pulmonology, and biostatistics, are studying the effects of early-life exposures to identify which are most harmful and in need of regulation.