A blog by Robert O. Wright, MD, MPH
Dr. Robert Wright is a pediatrician, medical toxicologist, and environmental epidemiologist at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He is the Ethel H. Wise Chair of the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health, Co-Director of the Institute for Exposomic Research, and Principal Investigator of an ongoing longitudinal birth cohort in Mexico City (Programming Research in Obesity, Growth, Environment and Social Stress–PROGRESS) in collaboration with the National Institute of Public Health, Mexico. He also founded the MATCH (Metals Assessment Targeting Community Health) study in Tar Creek, Oklahoma.
On his blog he provides a unique, eye-level, perspective into the worlds of environmental health research, precision medicine, and the role of exposomics in understanding, preventing and treating disease.
The events that set climate change in motion occurred decades ago. How do we analyze the past and factor in the variable of chance when trying to predict future climate and weather events?Keep reading
Dr. Robert Wright reflects on the life of his mother—Naoko Yogi Wright, a woman who grew up in extreme poverty, survived war and moved half-way across the globe to a foreign culture in hope of giving opportunity to her children, all the while continuing to contribute to the lives of the family she left behind in Okinawa.Keep reading
Discovery Research vs Hypothesis Testing: Sherlock Holmes, Colonel Mustard, and “How Exposomics Learned the Trick” (Part II)
By taking what we’ve learned about discovery research and hypothesis testing, Dr. Robert Wright explains how we can grapple with the millions of factors that make up our environment and the different ways they affect our health.Keep reading
Discovery Research vs Hypothesis Testing: Sherlock Holmes, Colonel Mustard, and “How Exposomics Learned the Trick” (Part I)
With the help of Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective and the board game Clue, Dr. Robert Wright explains the differences between exposomics and traditional environmental health research – and the importance of integrating themKeep reading
Can a health condition or a disease be 80% genetic and 20% environmental? Can we reimagine how we understand the origins of disease?Keep reading
We owe an extraordinary debt to the heroes of September 11, and to their brothers and sisters who survived that day but still bear the physical and mental health effects, as well as the scars and wounds of sorrow and loss. The World Trade Center Health Program is part of how we honor that debt.Keep reading