Philip Landrigan, MD, MSc, Receives 2010 Heart of Green “Protector” Award

Director of the Children's Environmental Health Center honored for his study of the effects of environmental pollutants on chronic childhood diseases.

New York, NY
 – April 30, 2010 /Press Release/  –– 

Philip Landrigan, MD, MSc, a world-renowned leader in children’s environmental health, has been recognized by with the 2010 Heart of Green “Protector” award for his pioneering work in the study of the effects of environmental pollutants on chronic childhood diseases.

“Exposure to environmental toxins early in life can have a long-term impact on overall health,” said Dr. Landrigan, who is Dean for Global Health, Professor & Chair of Preventive Medicine, and Director of the Children's Environmental Health Center at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. “We’ve come a long way in protecting our children against these toxins, but there is still so much more we need to do. I am honored to be recognized by The Daily Green, and look forward to making further strides in researching the connection between environmental toxins and children’s health.”

The Daily Green, part of Hearst Digital Media, is a comprehensive source of environmental news, tips, recipe and information about "going green." Other award recipients this year include Ted Danson of HBO’s “Bored to Death” and chef Jamie Oliver of ABC’s “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.”

“Dr. Landrigan’s research into lead poisoning and the effects of pesticide exposure have saved and improved millions of lives, and the National Children’s Study promises to provide the information we need to prevent scourges like autism, asthma and learning disabilities,” said Dan Shapley, Senior Editor of the Daily Green. “Few have done so much to improve the health of America’s children.”

Mount Sinai’s Children’s Environmental Health Center conducts research on the environmental causes of disease in children, including asthma, learning disabilities, autism, obesity, and childhood cancer. As Director, Dr. Landrigan has devoted his career to protecting children against environmental threats to health, most notably lead and pesticides.

He is the lead investigator of the New York- New Jersey Consortium within the National Children’s Study, the largest study of children’s health and the environment ever launched in the United States. The National Children’s Study will follow 100,000 American children for 21 years to find out how exposure to certain environmental factors impacts their health. The goal of the study is to understand the causes of chronic children's diseases such as autism, asthma, obesity, and attention deficit disorder.

Dr. Landrigan has served at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal of the U.S. Public Health Service. He was one of the first scientists to recognize the threat of low-level lead exposure to children’s health, and his pioneering research on lead toxicity persuaded the U.S. government to mandate removal of lead from gasoline and pain. Those, actions have yielded a 90 percent decline in the incidence of childhood lead poisoning over the past 25 years and are calculated to save the United States $200 billion each year in averted costs of lead toxicity. He also convinced the federal government to begin reviewing the impact of pesticides in children.

In addition to publishing more than 500 scientific papers and five books, Dr. Landrigan has chaired several national committees. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 1987.

After receiving his BA from Boston College, Dr. Landrigan earned his MD from Harvard Medical School. He later pursued an MS in Occupational Medicine and Diploma of Industrial Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

About The Mount Sinai Medical Center 

The Mount Sinai Medical Center encompasses both The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Established in 1968, Mount Sinai School of Medicine is one of few medical schools embedded in a hospital in the United States. It has more than 3,400 faculty in 32 departments and 15 institutes, and ranks among the top 20 medical schools both in National Institute of Health funding and by U.S. News & World Report. The school received the 2009 Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service from the Association of American Medical Colleges. 

The Mount Sinai Hospital, founded in 1852, is a 1,171-bed tertiary- and quaternary-care teaching facility and one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most-respected voluntary hospitals. In 2009, U.S. News & World Report ranked The Mount Sinai Hospital among the nation’s top 20 hospitals based on reputation, patient safety, and other patient-care factors. Nearly 60,000 people were treated at Mount Sinai as inpatients last year, and approximately 530,000 outpatient visits took place. 

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