Research Scientist


Research at the Center


As part of one of the nation's premier research and teaching hospitals, The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® is involved with the following research projects:








autism_sm[1]CDC Study: Environmental Factors of Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders in NJ 

The CDC reports that New Jersey has the second highest prevalence rate for autism among states surveyed, with 1 in 49 children diagnosed as of 2008. The NJ Department of Environmental Protection states that northern NJ has several hundred thousand points of contamination with toxins potentially linked to autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders (ASDs), as listed in the Known Contaminated Sites (KCSNJ) database.  Our study objective was to identify and map Known Contaminated Sites most associated with ASDs in northern NJ, as well as locations of children diagnosed with ASDs.  Additionally, we sought to help  identify methods by which more robust, state-wide contaminant and patient data could be collected and analyzed.

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Environmental Chemicals and Estrogen Metabolism in Children: A Pilot Study 

This study examines the potential link between exposure to certain chemicals including BPA, DEHP metabolites (phthalates), parabens, triclosan and 4-NP and alterations in estrogen metabolism.  This research explores the presence of these chemicals in children and attempts to establish a correlation or relationship between levels of these chemicals and levels of estrogen metabolites.  If a correlation is found, an increase in the use of these chemicals in everyday products could help explain the recent rise in hormone-related cancers, especially in children.1  Using this critical information, our Center will help educate the public about how to prevent potential health issues through eliminating toxic exposures. 

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1) Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, 1975-2008;. – Girls Earlier Puberty Puts Them at Higher Risk for Cancer.  10.6.2007.


Pediatric Head Lice Study

Head lice affects 6 to 12 million school children a year, often exposing kids to potentially toxic treatments. The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® is conducting the nation’s largest study on a pesticide-free head lice treatment.  The initiative partners with nurses at 13 schools across New York and New Jersey to educate families and find a safer, effective solution to this common childhood issue. 

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