Welcome to the Environmental and Occupational Medicine and Epidemiology (EOME) Program
Program Chair, Environmental and Occupational Medicine and Epidemiology Program
Elkan Blout Professor of Environmental Genetics; Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Director, Harvard Education and Research Center; Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital
About the Program
The Environmental & Occupational Medicine and Epidemiology Program (EOME) aims to investigate and prevent health risks associated with environmental and occupational hazards. We achieve this by conducting original research and providing outstanding professional education.
The EOME faculty are considered pioneers in the national and international community, paving the way for research and education in the environmental and occupational health field. Program Director, Dr. David Christiani, has set this standard through his research, which includes ground-breaking international studies as well as innovative work on cancer and respiratory disease in the United States. The program has recruited and cultivated a talented faculty whose expertise in environmental epidemiology has been at the forefront in the study of reproductive, perinatal, neurological and respiratory diseases.
- Provide scientific basis for prudent decisions in environmental and occupational health standards.
- Offer competitive Masters and Doctoral tracks to educate aspiring specialists in occupational and environmental medicine and in environmental and occupational epidemiology.
- Inspire clinical and public health practice through research.
- Develop future faculty through post-doctoral training opportunities.
EOME Faculty Key Areas of Research
- Biomedical aspects of disease and injury
- Human Population Studies
- Molecular Epidemiology
- Bio-markers of exposure
- Pre-clinical health effects and susceptibility to toxic exposures
Active Research Projects
- The epidemiology of male and female reproductive effects of exposures to persistent organic compounds such as pthalates, pesticides and heavy metals
- Respiratory and cardiac effects of particle exposures in the workplace and urban community; respiratory effects of inhaled endotoxin
- Gene-environment interactions in the development of acute lung injury, as well as lung and digestive cancers
- Neurodegenerative diseases and exposures
- Neurodevelopmental disorders in the offspring of exposed parents
- Immunotoxicity of exposures to persistent organic compounds; cardiac and metabolic effects of mercury and persistent organics
- Applications of toxiogenomic technologies to human population studies and environmental and occupational molecular epidemiology
- Reproductive and perinatal environmental epidemiology
- Gene-environment interactions in lung cancer risk and prognosis
- Health outcomes from environmental exposure to heavy metals such as lead, arsenic, mercury and cadmium
- Respiratory effects of workplace endotoxin exposure