Institute for Climate Change, Environmental Health, and Exposomics

Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes

Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) was designed to further understand the effects of environmental exposures on child health and development and builds off the existing CHEAR resource. Resources developed under CHEAR are an integral component of the ECHO program in providing state-of-the-art analytical support to measure environmental exposures for the extant cohorts solicited under ECHO.

In October 2016, researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai were awarded more than $9 million by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to investigate the effects of a broad range of environmental exposures on children’s long-term health from near the time of conception through adolescence. ECHO is part of a seven-year, multi-institute initiative.

Rosalind Wright, MD, and Robert O. Wright, MD, MPH, are studying the effects of chemical, nutritional, and social factors that influence child neurodevelopment. Susan Teitelbaum, PhD, and Judy Aschner, MD, Professor of Pediatrics and University Chair of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, are collaborating on another aspect of the ECHO focusing on exposure to chemicals in neonatal intensive care units (NICU).