To support its groundbreaking work in the emergent field of “exposomics,” the National Institutes of Health (NIH), through the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, awarded two grants to research teams from the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, led by Professor and Chair Robert O. Wright, MD, MPH, and by Susan Teitelbaum, Ph.D., in collaboration with Deborah McGuinness, Ph.D., of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). In addition, the State of New York and Mount Sinai provided $3.2 million to these grants in matching funds through the state’s Division of Science, Technology and Innovation program (NYSTAR); these funds were critical in securing these grants.
“Exposomics” is the comprehensive study of environmental exposures in humans, from conception through development. The grants, totaling $20 million over four years, are from the NIH’s newly formed Child Health Environmental Assessment Resource program, or CHEAR. Mount Sinai is the only institution to receive grants for two of CHEAR’s three components.