Mount Sinai Health System

The Future of Children’s Environmental Health: Understanding the Exposome

Children today live in an environment that is vastly different from that of previous generations. There are 100,000 chemicals registered with the EPA for industrial use and tens of thousands of chemicals in food. Metabolic products of all these chemicals increase this number by two-fold or more. Moreover, it is now recognized that air pollution is one of the largest environmental cause of disease globally.

As chronic diseases like autism, asthma, obesity, cardiovascular disease, cancer, learning disorders and others continue to rise, numerous studies suggest a role for environmental factors, yet the study of exposures to individual chemicals at a single point in time has failed to identify key risk factors. In order to fully understand the role that environment plays in the development of disease, it is critical to consider the simultaneous exposure to multiple environmental exposures, and changing vulnerability over time. This has led to the development of the emerging field of exposomics, the study of the totality of exposures to chemicals, diet, and social stressors throughout the life course from pre-conception to death.

This symposium will interest parents, community members and medical providers. It will address novel methods to measure the exposome and its impact on human health during various life stages. Speakers will provide insight into the concepts of critical windows of development and how the environment of our early life influences long-term health.

Event Program

Check-in and Light Breakfast: 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Welcome & Introduction to The Exposome:The Final Piece of The Puzzle: 9:30 a.m. – 9:55 a.m. 
Robert O. Wright, MD, MPH 

Exploring the Exposome with Metabolomics: 9:55 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. 
Megan Niedwiecki, PhD

Measuring Environmental Exposures From 700 Kilometers Up: 10:15 a.m. – 10:35 a.m.
Allan Just, PhD

Break: 10:35 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.

Why Social Determinants are Critical in the Exposome Framework: 10:55 a.m. – 11:15 a.m
Rosalind J. Wright, MD, MPH

Early Life Environment and Health: 11:15 a.m. – 11:35 a.m.
Manish Arora, BDS, MPH, PhD, FICD

Q&A: 11:35 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 9:00am to 12:00pm

New York Academy of Medicine 1216 5th Avenue New York, NY 10029

Event Type

Academic, CME, Family/Children, Health & Wellness, Lecture/Seminar, Special Event, Info Session


Alumni, Community, Faculty, Patients, Postdocs, Staff, Students, Housestaff, Health Care Professionals, Seniors, Prospective Students, Prospective Faculty, Parents, Caregivers


Continuing Medical Education (CME)


Children’s Environmental Health Center


Institute for Exposomic Research


cancer, children, environment, autism, chemicals, Asthma, obesity, exposome, cardiovascular disease, learning disorders





2.0 CME credits are available for this educational event. 

Pay HERE to register for CME credit. Please note you will be directed to the webcast registration page. You must pay via the webcast registration page even if you plan on attending in person. After paying please register on Eventbrite to attend. *We will not be accepting any payments at the event.


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