Message from the Director

In 2007, the Children’s Environmental Health Center (CEHC) was proudly established at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Previously known as the Center for Children’s Health and the Environment (CCHE), this Center became the first research enterprise to examine the links between toxic exposures and childhood illness. Unlike other research institutions, which specialize in one disease or condition, our Center embarked on a comprehensive model — one that examines the causes of all preventable diseases at the earliest stages of development.

The research conducted at the CEHC employs the same evidence-based framework that has guided my past successes in public health, including the landmark discovery that led to the removal of lead from gasoline and paint in the United States. At the CEHC, we recruit the best and the brightest pediatricians and physician-scientists to work in the field of environmental pediatrics. We give them the tools to conduct sophisticated research that builds the foundation for evidence-based policies.

Since our founding, over $4.25 million in philanthropic donations have been committed to the Children’s Environmental Health Center. This has enabled the CEHC to:

  • Generate close to $9 million in grants from the NIH and private foundations by investing over $700,000 in pilot research projects.
  • Turn research into real action by banning bisphenol A (BPA) from baby bottles, sippy cups, and cash receipt paper in Suffolk County, New York and Connecticut.
  • Become an authoritative source on children’s environmental health and has been featured in major media outlets, including the New York Times, CNN, Time, NBC, and the Huffington Post.
  • Establish the country’s premier research enterprise by recruiting internationally renowned scientists and building a state-of-the-art laboratory to conduct rapid analyses of toxic chemicals.

At this moment of great achievement, I would like to thank those who have supported our work and helped improve the lives of our children. The programs you will read about on our website highlight scientific achievement that is truly on the cutting-edge.


Philip J. Landrigan, MD, MSc
Director, Children’s Environmental Health Center