Department of Environmental Health, Rollins School of Public Health
The developing human brain is exquisitely more susceptible to the damaging effects of toxic agents than the adult brain. As a result, exposure to many environmental toxicants, such as pesticides and other industrial contaminants has been associated with the increased incidence of several neurological disorders, including autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and Parkinson disease. The focus of our research is to gain insight into the contribution that exposure to environmental contaminants makes on the development of neurobehavioral and neurodegenerative diseases, either independently or through their interaction with underlying genetic predispositions. Through the use of cellular and animal models as well as human subjects, we hope to create a holistic understanding of the etiopathogenesis of these disorders in order to facilitate the development of effective therapeutic interventions.
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