Members of our center asks if and when environmental exposures affect the risk of disease and well-being across the lifespan.
The sperm/ova, fetus, infant, child, and adolescent may be susceptible to the effect of environmental exposures. The interplay of nutritional deficiencies, psychosocial stress, and chemical exposures during this period are risk factors for adverse early childhood growth and neurodevelopment. Much of our knowledge regarding the effect of chemical exposures on childhood health has been focused solely on the prenatal period. However, we know far less about the determinants and health effects of chemical exposures before conception and after birth.
We do our work using several prospective birth cohort studies in the US and Canada, including the HOME Study, MIREC Study, PEACE Study, and Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute Studies.