Environmental exposures during vulnerable periods of childhood development

Investigator: Janet Wojcicki, MD, MPH

Location(s): United States


Identifying environmental exposures during vulnerable periods of development (prenatal and childhood) and how these may contribute to adverse perinatal and child health outcomes, and the role of these exposures in health disparities. I lead a robust research translation program focused on methods and approaches for translating current scientific evidence into clinical and public policy decision-making. We have recently worked with the Federation International of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (FIGO) on a scientific statement about why environmental chemical exposures are a global problem and that actions are need to address this problem, including 

(1) Advocate for policies to prevent exposure to toxic environmental chemicals;

(2) work to ensure a healthy food system for all; 

(3) make environmental health part of health care; and 

(4) champion environmental justice. 

While much of work focuses on the US, I have also been active in dissemination and work in other areas of the world as the environment is a global challenge.