6:00 PM - 6:30 PM Reception; 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Lecture
The New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY 10029
Free, but advance registration is required
The Academy Section on Pediatrics
Speaker: Leonardo Trasande, MD, MPP Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Environmental Medicine & Population Health, NYU School of Medicine Associate Professor of Health Policy, NYU Wagner School of Public Service Associated Faculty Member, NYU College of Global Public Health
Rapidly accumulating evidence confirms that synthetic chemicals can disrupt hormones and contribute to adverse effects on child health and development. The costs of disease and disability are large, and speak to the benefits of policy prevention. This lecture will explore the evidence to date, and describe opportunities for protecting children from this major and emerging concern.
Leonardo Trasande, MD, MPP has focused his research in identifying the role of environmental exposures in childhood obesity and cardiovascular risks, and documenting the economic costs for policy makers of failing to prevent diseases of environmental origin in children proactively. Dr. Trasande is perhaps best known for a 2012 Journal of the American Medical Association study associating Bisphenol A exposure in children and adolescents with obesity, and a 2011 study in Health Affairs which found that children's exposures to chemicals in the environment cost $76.6 billion in 2008. His analysis of the economic costs of mercury pollution played a critical role in preventing the Clear Skies Act (which would have relaxed regulations on emissions from coal-fired power plants) from becoming law. He has also published a series of studies which document increases in hospitalizations associated with childhood obesity and increases in medical expenditures associated with being obese or overweight in childhood. These studies have been cited in the Presidential Task Force Report in Childhood Obesity, and another landmark study identified that a $2 billion annual investment in prevention would be cost-effective even if it produced small reductions in the number of children who were obese and overweight.
He serves on the Executive Committee of the Council for Environmental Health of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and on the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee for the World Trade Center Health Program. He recently served on a United Nations Environment Programme Steering Committee which published a Global Outlook on Chemicals in 2013, and on the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Center for Environmental Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Dr. Trasande earned a Master's degree in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and an MD from Harvard Medical School. He completed a pediatrics residency at Boston Children's Hospital, a Dyson Foundation Legislative Fellowship in the office of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, and a fellowship in environmental pediatrics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He has testified before the Senate's Environment and Public Works committee and Democratic Policy Committee. His work has been featured on the CNN documentary Planet in Peril and in National Geographic, and frequently appears on national media, including NBC's Today Show, ABC's Evening News and National Public Radio.