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Air Pollution Exposure During Pregnancy and Maternal/Child Health (online)

March 25, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This event will take place on Friday, March 25.

Speaker: Abby Fleisch, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Tufts University School of Medicine
Attending Physician, Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes, Maine Medical Center
Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation, Maine Medical Center Research Institute

About the Seminar: During this seminar, Dr. Fleisch will describe her research examining the health impact of prenatal exposure to air pollution. She will describe studies nested within two pre-birth cohorts: the Boston-based Project Viva cohort and the New Hampshire Birth Cohort Study. The studies examine the impact of exposure to air pollution from outdoor sources (ie, traffic) and indoor sources (i.e., wood stoves) on maternal and child cardiometabolic health.

About the Speaker:  Abby Fleisch, MD, MPH, is an environmental health researcher at CORE and a pediatric endocrinologist at Maine Medical Center. She is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Environmental Health at Harvard School of Public Health. Fleisch received her undergraduate and medical degrees from Northwestern University. She completed residency in pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital/Boston Medical Center and fellowship in endocrinology at Boston Children’s Hospital. She participated in the Harvard-wide pediatric health services research fellowship and received a Masters of Public Health from Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. After serving on faculty at Boston Children’s Hospital for 3 years, she joined MMC in 2016.

Fleisch’s research is focused on the extent to which early life exposures to environmental toxicants such as air pollution and household chemicals are associated with childhood obesity and bone health. Fleisch is the principal investigator of an Outstanding New Environmental Scientist R01 award from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. She received the Academic Pediatric Association Michael Shannon Research Award in 2012 and an Endocrine Society Early Career Investigator Award in 2016.

Fleisch is a peer mentor for the Harvard Medical School-Harvard Catalyst Grant Review and Support Program and an affiliated faculty member and advisor to the New England Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit. She sees endocrinology patients at the Pediatric Subspecialty Clinic at MMC.

The event is free but registration is required. Please use this link to register for the Zoom event.




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