Dr. Landrigan is a pediatrician, public health physician and epidemiologist, with a distinguished history of research on toxins that affect brain development.
His early research influenced the US government’s decision to remove lead (highly toxic to developing brain) from paint and gasoline. In the 1990’s he led research at the National Academy of Sciences that defined children’s unique susceptibilities to pesticides and other toxic chemicals, which influenced US pesticide policy.
While at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (he is Icahn emeritus professor), Dr. Landrigan’s studies on the 9/11 rescue workers revealed high levels of abnormalities of pulmonary function. From 2015 to 2017, he co-chaired the Lancet Commission on Pollution & Health, which reported that pollution causes 9 million deaths annually and is an existential threat to planetary health.
He continues the work of the Lancet Commission now as Director of the Boston College Global Observatory on Planetary Health.