The new name is Institute for Climate Change, Environmental Health, and Exposomics
The Institute for Exposomic Research has been renamed the Institute for Climate Change, Environmental Health, and Exposomics. This new name reflects the close integration of exposomic and environmental health research at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and emphasizes our ongoing commitment to addressing public health issues driven by climate change.
All three of these focus areas share a foundation in understanding how the environment affects human health. Environmental health assesses the health risks associated with specific environmental exposures, while exposomics examines how interactions between a vast array of external and internal factors, encompassing both chemical and non-chemical exposures such as psychosocial stressors, impact health. Because climate change is a multifactorial problem with a wide range of health impacts, it requires that we study it through both an environmental health and an exposomic framework.
The integrated approach at the Institute enables us to rapidly investigate the environment to uncover prevention and treatment strategies for complex diseases. This work has led to significant scientific advances in understanding the role of environment in autism, asthma, obesity, neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, and cancers.