Four million dollar grant establishes first exposome center in the nation at Emory's Rollins School of Public Health
Health and Exposome Research Center: Understanding Lifetime Exposures (HERCULES), funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) of the National Institutes of Health is launched as an Environmental Health Sciences Core Center and involves 38 investigators from both Emory and Georgia Tech. The research aims to increase understanding of relationships between the environment, health and disease. Emory's Dr. Gary Miller explains the importance of this new field.
An Emory University research team led by Dr. Michelle Marcus recently explored the association between exposure to polyfluoralkyl compounds (PFCs) during fetal development and body weight at age 20 months. Their results indicated that the infants of 447 women who had increased PFC exposures during pregnancy were smaller than average at birth, and by 20 months of age were larger than average. This research adds to the wealth of literature documenting the effects of environmental exposures on future health, and in particular adds to a growing body of evidence that points towards a connection between obesity and PFC exposure. For more information about the study, please visit: http://pba.org/post/emory-study-finds-possible-link-between-pfcs-and-obesity.