Children's Environmental Health
Children, including the prenatal stages of development, are more susceptible than adults to the negative health consequences associated with many environmental exposures. Children receive proportionately larger doses of environmental toxicants than adults, and their organs and tissues are rapidly developing which makes them particularly susceptible. IMM research in this area covers early life exposure and health effects during development and later in life, taking into account environmental, nutritional and genetic risk factors, as well as mechanisms of action including epigenetics.
Projects in this area
- Causes of asthma and allergy in children
- Metal exposure early in life and children’s health and development
- Mechanisms of metal toxicity early in life
- The role of nutrition in early life development
- Exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals in early childhood and health effects in childhood and adolescence