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Columbia’s 24th Annual Sewell Lecture in Environmental Health Sciences

Dr.Emily Oken, professor and vice chair in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, will deliver the Mailman School of Public Health’s 24th annual Sewell Lecture titled “Development Influences of Environmental and Dietary Exposures on Cardiometabolic Health.”

The April 20 talk marks the 24th consecutive year that a leading figure in Environmental Health Sciences is being honored for outstanding contributions to the field. The lecture is named for the late Professor Granville H. Sewell who directed the educational programs in environmental health sciences at Columbia for more than 20 years.

In addition to her faculty responsibilities, Dr. Oken practices as a primary care physician at the Gretchen and Edward Fish Center for Women’s Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she pursues her interest in medical care for women before, during and after pregnancy, and children. Dr. Oken’s research focuses on the influence of nutrition, environmental chemicals, and other modifiable factors during pregnancy and early childhood on long-term maternal and child health, especially cardiometabolic health, asthma and cognitive development.

Dr. Oken has been the lead author of pivotal studies from Project Viva  — a unique U.S. pre-birth cohort study that has followed pregnant women and their children since 1999 — that has shaped the current guidelines for maternal weight gains during pregnancy and prevention of childhood obesity.

She is the principal investigator of several environmental health studies, including a recently funded ECHO project on early environmental influences on respiratory and cardiometabolic health. Her work on the toxicant risks and nutrient benefits of prenatal fish consumption has influenced national guidelines for fish consumption during pregnancy, helping to shift the previous focus of risk-only or benefit-only studies to a broader emphasis on the overall health effects of fish consumption for mother and baby.

The lecture will be held April 29th at the Mailman School of Public Health at 4:00 p.m. A reception will follow.

The talk will also be broadcast live online.    

Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health
Wednesday, April 20 | 4:00 TO 5:30 PM
8th Floor AUDITORIUM
722 W. 168TH ST, NYC 10032