Lauren Petrick, PhD, Associate Professor, Environmental Medicine and Public Health, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Each year, millions of babies in the U.S. are routinely screened for certain genetic, endocrine, and metabolic disorders, using a few drops of blood from the newborn’s heel prior to leaving the hospital. In many states, those drops of blood are preserved on cards and archived for decades. Analyzing those samples years later, Dr. Petrick has developed novel methods to reconstruct past environmental exposures that occurred during pregnancy and in the first days of life that may be contributing factors to certain health outcomes. In this presentation, Dr. Petrick shares results from a groundbreaking study that showed differences in samples from healthy infants to infants that were later diagnosed with childhood leukemia, indicating the important role of early life nutrition. Dr. Petrick’s approach has the potential to unlock the mysteries of many diseases, particularly for rare childhood diseases and disorders.
Moderator: Kirstyn Bonetti, Board Member, Exposomics and Children’s Environmental Health at Mount Sinai. Kirstyn Bonetti recently joined the Board for Exposomics and Children’s Environmental Health at Mount Sinai. Her passion for environmental health comes from her experience as a patient who overcame an environmental illness. Kirstyn is also a member of the New Jersey Regional Junior Competition Committee for USTA Eastern and is an alumni interviewer for Georgetown University. She spent 7 years in the financial services industry at Goldman Sachs before leaving the workforce to raise her two boys.
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