Leo Trasande

Full Interview (Duration 45:37)

General Contents and Links to Video Segments

Title Duration
Part 1 – Introduction to Environmental Health 7:29
Part 2 – Environmental Hazards 7:42
Part 3 – Ongoing Research 13:31
Part 4 – Regulation 14:11
Part 5 – Environmental Inequities 4:14
Part 6 – Five Favorites 4:18
Full Interview 45:37


“We are the humans in a dangerous and unnatural experiment in the United States, and I think it’s unconscionable.”

“We are in an epidemic of environmentally mediated disease among American children today. Rates of asthma, childhood cancers, birth defects, and developmental disorders have exponentially increased, and it can’t be explained by changes in the human genome. So what has changed? All the chemicals we’re being exposed to.”

Specific Contents and Links to Video Segments

Part 1 – Introduction to Environmental Health (7:29)

  1. How did you become interested in environmental health? 00:40
  2. What environmental toxins are most dangerous for children today? 03:10
  3. What diseases are those chemicals causing? 05:20

Part 2 – Environmental Hazards (7:42)

  1. Where are the chemicals coming from? 07:00
  2. What is the Superfund program? 09:10
  3. Do you have initial thoughts about the environmental health consequences of the Gulf oil spill? 11:00

Part 3 – Ongoing Research (13:31)

  1. Have have researchers been learning from the World Trade Center Screening and Treatment Program? 13:30
  2. What are researchers learning about possible connections between the environment and obesity? 15:00
  3. What do you mean by “endocrine disruptors”? 18:10
  4. Please say more about the National Children’s Study 19:40
  5. What are the biggest challenges in interpreting data that you gather through the study? 23:20

Part 4 – Regulation (14:11)

  1. What sorts of regulations or policies would you like to see implemented? 25:50
  2. Why have we been so slow to react to the risk posed by chemicals to children? 28:40
  3. What can consumers do to help protect themselves from environmental toxins? 31:50
  4. Do individual consumers have much power to influence environmental health? 33:00
  5. What lesson from your research would you most like to remind policymakers about? 35:50

Part 5 – Environmental Inequities (4:14)

  1. What are some of the inequities of environmental toxins? 38:50
  2. Is the problem of environmental toxins a global problem? 40:30

Part 6 – Five Favorites (4:18)

  1. What mentor had the greatest influence on your work? 42:00
  2. What do you consider to be the best wide-audience book, article, or movie related to your field? 42:30
  3. What do you consider to be the most important academic book or article? 43:00
  4. Which of your scholarly publications would you recommend to viewers? 43:30
  5. Which activist or community organization do you most admire? 44:10
Leo Trasande

Leo Trasande, MD,  Co-Director of the Children’s Environmental Health Center at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine.


Dr. Trasande’s research interests span medicine and policy, but he is best known for his analyses of the economic impact of environmental toxins on child health, and has embarked upon a series of analyses that document the immediate health and economic consequences of childhood obesity.


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