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Research at the Center

Research at The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® (DIEHC) at Hackensack University Medical Center explores everyday environmental exposures with the goal of improving public health. The DIEHC partners with departments across the HackensackMeridian network and other institutions to design innovative research in environmental health and translate findings into real-world solutions through community outreach, website resources, and clinical education.

Completed Studies


Environmental Chemicals in
Fetal Cord Blood and Maternal
A Pilot Study.


Environmental Chemicals and
Estrogen Metabolites in
Children: A Pilot Study


Safety and Efficacy of a 100%
Dimethicone Pediculocide in
School-age Children



Mapping Contaminants  with
Autism: A Public Health Pilot
in New Jersey 



Current Studies

Endocrine disruptors, obesity, and breast density among perimenopausal women

This collaborative pilot study between Georgetown Lombardi Cancer Center with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® and The Betty Torricelli Institute for Breast Care at HackensackUMC investigates the association of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) with breast density among women undergoing mammographic screening. Washington, DC, and New Jersey have almost identical rates of breast cancer (~130 per 100,000 women) which are higher than the average U.S. population rates (122 per 100,000). Increased knowledge on the role of estrogen (and progesterone) in breast carcinogenesis suggests that environmental exposures that mimic estrogen effects in vivo, such as, endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and other xenoestrogens, may be potential risk factors for breast cancer.

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