Mount Sinai School of Medicine Establishes International Partnership to Improve Children’s Environmental Health

Prof. Dr. HRH Princess Chulabhorn Mahidol of Thailand travels to Mount Sinai to sign a Memorandum of Understanding that will improve research, education, and medical training.

New York, NY
 – July 25, 2011 /Press Release/  –– 

To promote global collaboration in children’s environmental health, Prof. Dr. HRH Princess Chulabhorn Mahidol of Thailand joined Mount Sinai officials and researchers on Monday, July 25, 2011 to sign a Memorandum of Understanding.

The Memorandum of Understanding establishes a collaborative framework between Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Chulabhorn Research Institute, which facilitates cooperation and exchange of information to improve children’s environmental health, especially in the areas of research and education.

Like Mount Sinai School of Medicine, the Chulabhorn Research Institute is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre in Children’s Environmental Health. Established by Prof. Dr. HRH Princess Chulabhorn in 1987, the Chulabhorn Research Institute conducts research in environmental toxicology, biotechnology, medicinal chemistry, and other biomedical topics. It also supports educational training and the exchange of scientific information.

Collaboration will be facilitated through Mount Sinai Global Health and the Department of Preventive Medicine, both led by Philip J. Landrigan, MD, MSc, Ethel H. Wise Professor and Chairman in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Dean for Global Health.

A research overview followed the ceremony, in which Mount Sinai researchers outlined projects on children’s environmental health and global health. The following projects were presented:

Global Mental Health as a Component of Psychiatric Residency Training
Craig Katz, MD
Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology and Medical Education

Imprinted Genes and Fetal Development
Luca Lambertini, PhD 
Instructor of Preventive Medicine

The National Children’s Study in Queens: Creating Educational Workshops to Enhance Community Outreach Efforts
Melissa Manice, MPH
Outreach Coordinator, National Children’s Study

Maternal Dioxin Exposure Combined with a Diet High in Fat Increases Mammary Cancer in Mice
Michele La Merrill, PhD, MPH
Fellow in Pediatric Environmental Health

Serving the Underserved: Improving Pediatric Environmental Education to Spanish Speaking Populations
Damiris Perez, MPA
Program Coordinator, Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit

Comparison of Perfluorinated Compounds in Maternal Serum and Amniotic Fluid
Cheryl Stein, PhD
Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine

Mid-Level Health Care Provider and Community Health Worker Child Malnutrition Education and Screening in Northern Rural Bangladesh
Joseph Truglio, MD
Instructor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

Using a Human-Centered Design Approach to Develop and Implement User-Centric Performance Support Tools for Hypertension control in Sub-Saharan Africa
Rajesh Vedanthan, MD, MPH and Vishal Marwah, MS, MBBS
Assistant Professor of Cardiology and Medicine; Global Cardiovascular Program Coordinator