Crain’s Health Pulse
September 22, 2016
Researchers at nine New York institutions are among the national recipients of $157 million in grants from a new sevenyear
National Institute of Health initiative that studies the impact of environmental factors on children's health. The NIH announced the awards on
Wednesday by the Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes, or ECHO. NYU Langone Medical Center got almost $15 million,
which is going to two researchers over two years:
Clancy Blair, professor of applied psychology, was awarded $5.9 million to expand upon his research through the Family Life Project investigating how early adverse environmental exposures, both psychosocial and chemical, affect children; Dr. Leonardo Trasande, associate professor in pediatrics, environmental medicine and population health is receiving $8.9 million to broaden his research into the short and long-term dangers of chemical contaminants to infant development and early childhood.
At Mount Sinai, Dr. Rosalind Wright and Dr. Robert Wright received almost $9 million for the two year
pilot to study 5,000 children to determine how exposure to a range of environmental factors in early development and childhood affects health later in life. The researchers are partnering with the Inova Translational Medicine Institute, Ben Gurion University, Harvard, Columbia, the University of North Carolina and Northwestern University. In the Bronx, researchers at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore and Montefiore's Albert Einstein College of Medicine will receive a two-year, $5.3 million grant to determine whether exposure to chemicals in neonatal intensive care units, including those present in plastic medical equipment, negatively impacts health. In Long Island, scientists at Northwell Health's Feinstein Institute for Medical Research received a two-year, $3 million grant to research whether babies born to mothers who have autoimmune diseases during pregnancy are at an increased risk for autism spectrum disorders.