Prof. Philip J. Landrigan

is Professor of Biology and Director of the Global Public Health Program at Boston College and Professor Emeritus of Preventive Medicine and Pediatrics in the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. For four decades, Prof. Landrigan has been a thought leader in environmental medicine. His early studies of lead poisoning demonstrated that lead is toxic to children even at very low levels and contributed to the US government’s decision to remove lead from paint and gasoline, actions that reduced population mean blood lead levels in the USA by more than 90%. A landmark study he led in the early 1990’s at the National Academy of Sciences defined children’s unique susceptibilities to pesticides and other toxic chemicals and catalyzed fundamental revamping of US pesticide policy. He guided EPA in establishing the Office of Children’s Health Protection. In New York City, Dr. Landrigan has directed medical and epidemiologic follow-up of 20,000 9/11 rescue workers. Since 2015, he has co-chaired the Lancet Commission on Pollution & Health whose 2017 report showed that pollution causes 9 million deaths annually and is an existential threat to planetary health.  To continue the work of the Lancet Commission on Pollution & Health Prof. Landrigan directs the Global Pollution Observatory at Boston College. Prof. Landrigan graduated from Boston Latin School (1959), Boston College (1963), Harvard Medical School (1967) and the London School of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene, University of London (1977). He completed a residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Boston. He trained in epidemiology at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and served for 15 years as a CDC epidemiologist. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Annals of Global Health

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