Little Things Matter: The Impact of Toxins on the Developing Brain


The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA), Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), along with the Western States Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (WSPEHSU), and the UC Berkeley Center for Integrative Research on Childhood Leukemia and the Environment (CIRCLE), have for a number of years sponsored an annual symposium on children’s environmental health. These symposia are conducted as part of the Children’s Environmental Health Program.

Can We Reduce Exposure to Risk Factors Associated with Childhood Cancer?

In this video at Childhood Cancer 2016 Mark Miller, MD, MPH, WSPEHSU Co-Director, discusses a survey of healthcare providers that revealed a gap in information about environmental risk factors for childhood cancer. Air pollution, folate levels and tobacco use are among the factors that affect a family’s risk even pre-conception. Dr Miller describes the need for wider awareness and public engagement by oncologists on regional and national levels to communicate preventative behaviors more fully.

Consequential Epidemiology and Children’s Cancer

Children with Cancer UK International Scientific and Medical Conference
Mark Miller, M.D., MPH
September 14, 2018

Dr. Miller discusses strategies for translating childhood leukemia research into clinical practice, including the need to reduce ongoing exposures to identified environmental toxic agents. View video of the presentation.

NIEHS/EPA Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers





The Children’s Environmental Health Centers maintain a website that links to various multimedia resources including webinars, videos, and audio files.

Pediatric Environmental Health Toolkit Training Module

These selected case study videos are a part of a Web-based training module that introduces users to the basics of environmental health and explains the purpose and best use of Toolkit materials. It offers health-care providers detailed examples about how to best deliver anticipatory guidance on a range of environmental health issues, especially during well-child visits.

Cause or Cure?

WSPEHSU Co-director, Mark Miller, along with colleagues Catherine Metayer and Todd Whitehead at the Center for Integrative Research on Childhood Leukemia and the Environment (CIRCLE), consulted with Bruce Lanphear on the next in his series of innovative videos on key concepts in environmental health, Cause or Cure? The video highlights the importance of addressing prevention of childhood leukemia and other cancers rather than just focusing on treatment.

Childhood Development, Resilience and the Environment 







This program examines critical time windows during development that may enhance social stressors and chemical exposures resulting in profound effects on an individual. Interactions among family, social support systems, and the larger community, access to good nutrition, healthy homes, and positive work and play environments are all important and contribute to resilience. These ideas build a framework for understanding environmental justice and how it addresses systematic disparities in exposures to environmental hazards based on race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic/societal standings that may impact people’s health.

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