NIH Obesity Research Task Force Seminar: Environmental Pollution, Climate, Respiratory Disease, and Obesity – The Association between Childhood Obesity and Exposure to Environmental Chemicals

Event Type:
June 21, 2024
1:00 – 3:00 PM ET

Event Series

Obesity and Cancer

The NIH Obesity Research Task Force (ORTF) held the June 21st seminar on “Environmental Pollution, Climate, Respiratory Disease, and Obesity – The Association between Childhood Obesity and Exposures to Environmental Chemicals."  

This seminar explored the links between exposure to environmental chemicals, endocrine-disrupting chemicals, and obesity, ranging from mechanistic and epidemiological studies through population health. Of particular interest was the impact of endocrine-disrupting chemicals, where they may be found, and how they may affect obesity in childhood. The event was co-hosted by the National Cancer Institute and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute on Child Health and Human Development.


Leonardo Trasande, MD, MPP
Leonardo Trasande, MD, MPP

Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals as Obesogens and Cardiometabolic Risks

Jim G. Hendrick, MD Professor of Pediatrics,
Vice Chair for Pediatrics and Director, Division of Environmental Pediatrics,
Professor of Population Health,
NYU Grossman School of Medicine


Tanya Alderete, PhD
Tanya Alderete, PhD

Lifelong Impact of Environmental Exposures: Exploring the Influence of Air Pollutants on the Gut Microbiome and Risk for Obesity and Liver Disease

Visiting Associate Professor,
Department of Environmental Health and Engineering,
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


Joseph M. Braun, RN, MSPH, PhD
Joseph M. Braun, RN, MSPH, PhD

Identifying and Preventing the Adverse Health Effects of PFAS Exposure

Professor, Department of Epidemiology,
Director, Center for Children’s Environmental Health,
Brown University



Linda Nebeling, PhD, MPH, RD

Deputy Associate Director, Behavioral Research Program,
NCI Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences

Layla Esposito, PhD

Program Director, Pediatric Growth and Nutrition Branch,
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Last Updated
July 11, 2024