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

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New York Academy of Medicine

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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 lead 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 address novel methods to measure the exposome and its impact on human health during various life stages. Insight into the concepts of critical windows of development and how the environment of our early life influences long-term health will be shared via presentations of innovative epidemiological research.

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