Research Roundup

Funding Extends Childhood Development StudyJudy Aschner, M.D., received a five-year, $17 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue her Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) study, which initially launched in 2016. This new grant will expand the types of assessments and duration of longitudinal follow-up of former preterm infants to determine the factors that influence multiple health outcomes in children. Dr. Aschner’s research focuses on whether exposures to chemicals, metals and stress in the Neonatal Intensive Care Units may contribute to adverse health outcomes during early and middle childhood. Such chemicals include phthalates which are used in plastic medical equipment to make them more flexible and durable. The ECHO study will enroll 50,000 children across the United States and includes researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York University, Columbia University, the New York State Psychiatric Institute, and the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. Dr. Aschner is professor of pediatrics and obstetrics & gynecology and women's health at Einstein. (4UH3OD023320-03)

Wednesday, November 28, 2018