Research in the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health spans a variety of programs, groups, and laboratories, all with a common commitment to increasing wellness and preventing illness both locally and globally. We do so by investigating the fundamental causes, preventive measures, and treatments of avoidable illness and by promoting health, and by working to eradicate environmental and occupational triggers of, and reactions to, disease.
Environmental Medicine and Public Health Research
The Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has a long and distinguished tradition of excellence in clinical, translational, and basic research. Our research aims to better understand, treat, and prevent disease of environmental origin. We are national leaders in the study of the “exposome”—the lifetime environmental exposures of individuals, including those that occur even before birth, and how those exposures interact with a person’s unique genetic and physiological makeup. Our department encompasses the allied fields of environmental and occupational medicine, biostatistics, and behavioral science.
The Institute for Exposomic Research works to advance our understanding of the lifelong effects of environmental exposures on health and translate research findings into new strategies for prevention and treatment.
Our Divisions have diverse research portfolios. They are Biostatics, Environmental Epidemiology, Environmental Health, International Health, Occupational Medicine, Preventive Medicine and Community Health, and Social Work and Behavioral Science.
Laboratory for Innovation in Exposomic Precision Medicine
The Lautenberg Lab’s mission is to measure the human environment comprehensively, including environmental chemicals, air pollution, social stressors, and nutrition. Learn more about current research in the lab.
Physiological Assessment of Children’s Environmental Risk (PACER) Laboratory
The PACER Laboratory within the Department of Pediatrics supports the Phenotyping and Stress Facility Core (PSAFC) for the Transdisciplinary Center on Health Effects of Early Environmental Exposures. It provides clinical consultation to investigators across the TCEEE, on a range of topics including respiratory studies, cognitive and behavioral studies, and endocrine assessments.
The Bone Lead X-Ray Fluorescence Laboratory is one of the country's leading centers for a novel technique that measures long-term or chronic lead exposure in human bones.
Programs and Centers
Child Health Exposure Assessment Resource (CHEAR)
CHEAR seeks to advance understanding of the influence of the environment on human health over a lifetime. CHEAR provides researchers access to high-quality, exposure-assessment services including, state-of-the-art laboratory analysis of biological and environmental samples, statistical analysis, and expert consultation on exposure analysis, study design, and data analysis and interpretation.
NIH launched the Child Health Exposure Assessment Resource (CHEAR) program, which replaced the National Children’s Study (NCS) program. Our Lab Hub measures environmental exposures, both targeted and untargeted, across pregnancy and childhood to help NIH-funded researchers determine how the environment affects children's health, development, and risk of disease across the life span.
Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO)
Along with researchers at other institutions around the country, Mount Sinai researchers are working to enhance existing cohorts of more than 50,000 pediatric subjects who will be followed over the course of the seven-year project.
The NYNJERC is the hub of education and research in Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) in Federal Region 2, comprising the states of New York and New Jersey, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the U. S. Virgin Islands.
The Pediatric Environmental Health Clinic provides outpatient clinical evaluations and coordinated services for children with known or suspected exposures to environmental toxins. The clinic focuses on helping families and communities promote healthy environments where children live, play, and learn.
Founded in 1999, the PEHSU translates research into practice, providing clinical consultation and education to families, health care professionals, public health officials, and community organizations who have concerns regarding children's environmental health.
The Selikoff Centers for Occupational Health have been national and international leaders in the treatment of occupationally caused or exacerbated diseases as well as in the research on environmental toxins, which began over 60 years ago with Dr. Irving Selikoff’s research connecting asbestos exposure and cancer.
The Center is an umbrella under which we organize scientists across Mount Sinai engaged in environmental health research. It supports conferences, workshops and trainings, and facilitates the exchange of ideas and fosters new collaborations.
The WTC Health Program research agenda focuses on identifying physical and mental health conditions related to the events of September 11th, 2001 and defining effective diagnostic procedures and treatments for WTC-related health conditions.
CHEAR Data Center for Data Science
In addition to the CHEAR Lab Hub, we also host the CHEAR Data Center in partnership with a research team at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). The Center provides statistical analysis, data integration, and interpretation services to extramural researchers.
The World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) Data Center is the sole entity in charge of collecting, managing, analyzing, performing public health surveillance, and preparing for research using the physical and mental health, exposure, occupational and socioeconomic data generated by the WTCHP General Responder Cohort Clinical Centers of Excellence.
Select Research Studies
The Infant Development and Environment Study (TIDES)
TIDES is a multi-center study designed to examine how everyday chemicals in food, cosmetics, and household products may affect children’s health and development, especially when exposed during mothers’ pregnancies.
The Stroustrup Lab studies chemical and non-chemical exposures during the NICU hospitalization, and evaluates their impact on neurobehavioral outcomes of children born preterm.
Working under the Division of Occupational Medicine, our research faculty collaborates with experts regionally, through the NIOSH-funded New York-New Jersey Occupational Safety & Health Center (NYNJERC); nationally, with academic departments at major universities and health care institutions; and internationally through the International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the International Labour Office (ILO).
The Prospective Environmental Exposure in Pregnancy Study (PEEPs) aims to investigate whether common environmental exposures, such as medication use and chemicals in a woman’s everyday environment, affect fetal and child development.