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Talk: Raising Children in a Toxic World

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Philip J. Landrigan, M.D., M.Sc.

A leading expert on the environmental and children’s health will give a public talk on “Raising Healthy Children in a Toxic World” on Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Rochester

Philip J. Landrigan, M.D., M.Sc., is professor and chair of the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine and professor of Pediatrics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. Landrigan also directs the Mount Sinai Center for Children’s Health and the Environment. 

“In today's world, the air we breathe, water we drink, food we eat, homes we live in, and parks where we play are all susceptible to a host of environmental toxins,” said Landrigan. “Although these toxins can affect everyone, those most at risk are our children.”

Landrigan has spent much of his medical career working to translate science into public policy and introduce children's environmental health into mainstream medical education. His work as chair of National Academy of Sciences Committee on Pesticides in the Diets of Infants and Children resulted in legislation that requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to consider the unique susceptibilities of young children in setting standards for pesticide exposure.  Landrigan also served as senior advisor to the EPA, where he was responsible for establishing the Office of Children's Health Protection.

Landrigan has been the leading proponent of a statewide system of Children’s Environmental Health Centers, including one based at the University of Rochester.  He is committed to helping parents and caregivers understand how to protect their children from environmental health threats and is the co-author of a book on the subject (

Landrigan’s talk will be at 7 p.m.Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester located at 840 University Ave. in Rochester. The event is free and open to the public.  

The talk is co-sponsored by the University of Rochester Children’s Environmental Health and Environmental Health Sciences Centers, the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester, and the Brighton Central School District’s Parent Resource Center. For more information, contact Katrina Korfmacher at (585) 273-4304. 

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