Dr. Philip Landrigan of Mt. Sinai Children's Center Named Children's Environmental Health Champion
(Thursday, April 20, 2006)
The 2006 Children's Environmental Health Champion award has been presented by EPA's Office of Children's Health Protection to Philip J. Landrigan, M.D., M.Sc., who is a co-Principal Investigator of the Mt. Sinai Children's Center in New York City.
Dr. Landrigan is a pediatrician and the Ethel H. Wise Professor and Chair of the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He holds a Professorship in Pediatrics at Mount Sinai and directs the Mount Sinai Center for Children’s Health and the Environment and the Mount Sinai Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit.
Dr. Landrigan’s work has focused for many years on environmentals health threats to children. He studied lead poisoning in children living near smelters. He was one of the first investigators to document the subclinical toxicity of lead. He played a central role in the campaign to remove lead from gasoline. He was a founder of the National Center for Environmental Health at CDC. He advised the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry in developing their national agenda for children’s environmental health. He has chaired committees at the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) on Environmental Neurotoxicology and on Pesticides in the Diets of Infants and Children— which was instrumental in passing the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996. In 1997 and 1998 he served as Senior Advisor on Children’s Health to the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and he helped establish the EPA’s Office of Children’s Health Protection.
In recent years, Dr. Landrigan’s work in children’s environmental health has focused on the National Children’s Study, a prospective epidemiological study that plans to follow 100,000 American children from conception to age 21 to elucidate the factors in their environment – chemical, biological, psychological and social- that influence their health growth, development and risk of disease. He has recently been named Principal Investigator for the National Children’s Study Vanguard Center in Queens, New York, one of seven locations across the United States from which the National Children’s Study will be launched. http://yosemite.epa.gov/ochp/ochpweb.nsf/content/2006_CEH_Awards.htm