The Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Center, a federally designated research group, investigates and tracks the developmental and long-term health impacts of exposures to common environmental contaminants during pregnancy and childhood. The Center has been at the forefront of educating the public on the dangers of arsenic in drinking water and rice products, including baby food.
Numerous serious afflictions that strike us in adulthood—such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and immune system disorders—have roots that stretch back to childhood. These roots are anchored in genetics and fed by the environment. But how do genetics and environment combine to impact health? And exactly how early do environmental exposures begin to affect lifelong well-being?