NIH awards NYU $65M to research how environment affects children's health


The National Institutes of Health awarded  New York City-based New York University more than $65 million over the next five years to study how environmental factors influence children's health, according to a press release.

The funding is part of a seven-year NIH initiative called the Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes . NYU received the funds as an extension of a nearly $15 million award it received two years ago.

NYU will use the funding to support two longitudinal studies led by NYU researchers. The studies are examining how environmental health factors, such as exposure to stress or air pollution, can affect a child's health and development.  

"We are delighted to continue our leadership in children’s environmental health through the ECHO program," said Leonardo Trasande, MD, associate professor in pediatrics, environmental medicine and population health at NYU School of Medicine, in a press release. "Our studies will go far to identify the impacts of chemical as well as other environmental factors on child development. The ECHO program will develop a roadmap for communities, families and government officials to ensure a healthy future for America’s children."

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