Dr. Landrigan’s Research Featured at Senate Hearing on Toxic Chemicals and Children’s Environmental Health

CNN’s Sanjay Gupta, MD, cites Children’s Environmental Health Center study in arguing on behalf of stricter evaluation of toxic chemicals.

 – October 26, 2010 /Press Release/  –– 

The U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health convened at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey October 26 for the public hearing “Toxic Chemicals and Children’s Environmental Health.”

At this hearing, a panel of experts argued for stricter evaluation of toxic chemicals, adopting a precautionary approach in which producers – rather than regulators – are held accountable for the toxicity of their products.

Among the panelists, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta, MD, argued for the importance of research in evaluating the effects of toxic chemicals on children. He cited a landmark study by Mount Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center Director Philip J. Landrigan, MD, MSc, on lead toxicity at low levels as a key example of the importance of scientific research.

Dr. Gupta’s testimony, citing Dr. Landrigan’s landmark research, is available online, as is a webcast of the hearing.

About the Children’s Environmental Health Center

The Children’s Environmental Health Center at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City conducts research to protect children against environmental threats to health. Our investigations seek to discover the environmental causes of such diseases as asthma, learning disabilities, autism, obesity, and childhood cancer. We transmit our research to pediatricians, policy makers, parents, and all who care for children.