Projects and Grants

We collaborate with scientists on a broad range of innovative research. We are continually growing relationships with the broader community, including higher education, business and government organizations—all to help facilitate the process of discovery.

Here is a selection of some of the projects that we are involved in:

Human Health Exposure Analysis Resource Data Center

The Children’s Health Exposure and Analysis Resource (CHEAR) was launched in 2015 to provide access to an infrastructure for adding comprehensive exposure analysis of biological samples to existing studies of children’s health. In 2019 NIEHS has established a new infrastructure, the Human Health Exposure Analysis Resource (HHEAR) as a continuation of CHEAR. Dean Patricia Kovatch is the Director for the Data Repository and Management Core for the Human Health Exposure Analysis Resource Data Center. The scope of HHEAR will expand to include environmental exposures and health outcomes at all life stages. In addition, HHEAR will add analyses of environmental samples linked to biological samples to examine the sources of environmental exposures. The goal is to provide the research community access to laboratory and statistical analyses to add or expand the inclusion of environmental exposures in their research and to make that data publicly available as a means to improve our knowledge of the comprehensive effects of environmental exposures on human health throughout the life course.

To date, CHEAR/HHEAR has supported more than 50 children’s health studies in which nearly 84,000 samples were analyzed for a broad range of environmental exposures and associated biological responses. Health outcomes explored through CHEAR/HHEAR include asthma, diabetes, autism, and obesity. (S. Teitelbaum, PI)

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Community Research Education and Engagement for Data Science

We have continually sought to reach out to the communities we serve in order to raise the awareness and expertise in big data sets and tools. One of our initiatives in the past was the Community Research and Education and Engagement for Data Science (CREEDS). This effort had several components:

  • We hosted 150 graduate students for intensive, two-week summer sessions
  • We mentored another 30 NYC-based graduate students in their participation in DREAM challenge teams which solved difficult, real-life biomedical problems.

As part of this program, we also sought to increase diversity within the field of data science by reaching out to organizations which serve underrepresented groups to boost participation within this exciting, fast-paced field. (P. Kovatch, PI; A. Sharp, PI; L. Claudio, PI)

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A New Disease Platform Leveraging Complex Drosophila and Mammalian Models

The objective of this proposal is to develop a platform and pipeline that can be adapted to a broad range of genetic-based diseases. We will build ‘fly avatar’ models that reflect the genetic complexity of RASopathy and colorectal cancer patients. We will then use stem cell approaches to explore the most promising leads in a human cell context. Once these therapies are developed, we will use them as a platform to screen for patient-matched personalized therapeutics, as well as offer a readily accessible standard operating procedure to the applied science community. (R. Cagan, PI)

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GeNYC: Genomic Implementation Research in the Diverse Settings and Populations of New York City

The goal of this collaborative effort is to bring the promise of genomic medicine to diverse populations and the clinicians who care for them. By engaging diverse stakeholders, including researchers, patients, clinicians, and advocates through the creation of a Genomics Stakeholder Board, researchers are harnessing expertise within New York City to conduct genomics implementation research. Central to this effort is a multi-site pragmatic clinical trial (PCT) to study effects and challenges of incorporating genetic risk information into primary care. The team is conducting clinical trials in diverse populations, including one with >2000 African ancestry patients with high genetic risk for CKD. The aim is to implement genomic medicine trials in NYC and study risk-informed disease management in multi-ancestry populations and diverse practices. (C. Horowitz, PI)

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MSHS Translational Science Hub

ConduITS, the Institutes for Translational Sciences at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS), was established in 2009 when ISMMS received a prestigious Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). ConduITS’ long-term goal is to transform the vast resources of the Mount Sinai Health System into a translational research laboratory. This multi-disciplinary hub encompasses partnering with our community patients and physicians, health system clinicians, institutional and affiliate scientists, and investigators at other CTSA Network Hubs to ensure the highest quality research, promotion of team science, education of translational investigators, and development of unique, innovative resources. The hub will serve as a catalyst for the translation of biomedical discoveries into better health across the “lifespan,” from pediatric to geriatric medicine. (R. Wright, PI)

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The Autism Sequencing Consortium

The new research in this proposal will accelerate the identification of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) genes, thereby facilitating our long-term goal of building the foundation from which therapeutic targets for ASD emerge. Our rationale is that the identification of genes conferring significant risk to ASD and associated neurodevelopmental disorders can form the basis of studies to understand ASD neurobiology as well the basis for novel therapies. (J. Buxbaum, PI)

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Incorporating Genomics into the Clinical Care of Diverse NYC children

We propose a new Clinical Sequencing Evidence-Generating Research (CSER) site, NYCKidSeq, to advance the implementation of genomic medicine in children from under-represented minority populations in Harlem and the Bronx. The NYCKidSeq program will assess the clinical utility of genomic medicine in three broad areas of pediatric disorders, while engaging a range of providers and community members to overcome the well-documented barriers to inclusion of under-served and under-represented populations in genomic research. This research will test, analyze, and implement web-based technologies to enhance education and counseling about genomic medicine, and communicate findings to careers at all levels of expertise, in two health systems, in a clinically useful, technologically savvy, culturally sensitive, and ethically sound manner. (E. Kenny, PI)

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High-Dimensional Immune Monitoring of NCI-Supported Immunotherapy Trials

Immunotherapy is transforming decades of clinical practice in cancer care, but it also comes with new questions about understanding mechanisms of action contributing to both antitumor activity and potential associated toxicity. Most importantly, identifying why only a fraction of patients derives clinical benefit is at the forefront of future developments, with the validation of useful clinical biomarkers as the ultimate goal. Through a comprehensive array of assays and analytical tools that bridge innovation and standardization, the Mount Sinai Cancer Immune Monitoring and Analysis Center (MS-CIMAC) intends to pursue the following three aims: a) help characterize immune-competence at baseline and assess global immune changes during treatment, b) drill down the specificity and quality of immune responses for mechanistic evaluation of drugs, and c) automate, optimize, and integrate analyses of resulting datasets to facilitate sharing, and to ultimately discover composite immune biomarkers that will impact clinical cancer care. (S. Gnjatic, PI)

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