Dr. Leo Trasande is Awarded $8.9 Million Grant in Children’s Environmental Health Study

Dr. Leo Trasande, CGPH Associate Professor and Associated Faculty Member, receives an $8.9 million, two-year grant to significantly expand his research into the short- and long-term dangers of chemical contaminants to infant development and early childhood.  Dr. Trasande’s research will combine data from two studies. The NYU Children’s Environmental Health Study (CHES) will monitor the health of nearly a thousand pregnant mothers and their offspring (all patients at Tisch Hospital, NYU Lutheran Medical Center, and Bellevue Hospital) to determine how early-life exposure to contaminants impacts the children’s early growth and development through age.

Trasande’s research will combine data from two studies. The NYU Children’s Environmental Health Study (CHES) will monitor the health of nearly a thousand pregnant mothers and their offspring (all patients at Tisch Hospital, NYU Lutheran Medical Center, and Bellevue Hospital) to determine how early-life exposure to contaminants impacts the children’s early growth and development through age 2.
Another study, known as the Infant Development and Environment Study II, or TIDES, is already underway and monitoring the health of 717 mothers and their children in four cities: Rochester, NY; San Francisco; Seattle; and Minneapolis, Minn. All children participating in TIDES have been closely monitored since before birth, and the new funding will extend their monitoring through age 9 for any changes in risk of obesity, heart disease, and such metabolic conditions as insulin resistance, loss of kidney function, and uncontrolled blood pressure.
 “This new research will augment our understanding of the mechanisms by which these chemical contaminants, including phthalates, bisphenols, and pesticides contribute to disease and disability, but this grant also serves as a milestone in how we research children’s health at NYU Langone,” says Trasande.

The corresponding grant number is 1UGOD23305-01.