Association of Persistent Organic Pollutants with Incident Diabetes in India (POPINDIAB). The specific aims of this project are: (1) to cross-validate methods for measuring PCBs and organochlorine pesticides in biological samples between laboratories at Emory University (Atlanta, GA) and Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi, India) and (2) to estimate the association of these pollutants with incident diabetes using a nested case-control study design in a prospective cohort of adults from urban India.
SEARCH Environmental Contaminants Ancillary Study (SECAS). In this project, we have two objectives: (1) to describe changes over time within individuals in levels of pyrethroids, organophosphate metabolites, perfluorinated chemicals, and persistent organic pollutants, and (2) to estimate the longitudinal association between these exposures and disease progression, glycemic control, and cardiovascular disease risk factors. By leveraging this well-characterized, prospective cohort we will be able to explore important, unanswered questions relating to modifiable risk factors in the environment. If an association is observed, this would represent an important and overlooked point of intervention to reduce risk among individuals with diabetes.
Pesticide Exposures and Child Growth (PEAC Grow) in rural Bangladesh. The major goals of this project are (1) to quantify levels of contemporary-use pesticides or their metabolites in pregnant women in rural Bangladesh and (2) to estimate the association of these pesticide levels with low birth weight, preterm birth, small head circumference, and stunting.
Harvard Project on Access to Care for Cardiometabolic Diseases (HPACC). The goal of this project is to systematically collate and analyze individual-level data from large, nationally representative population-based surveys to ascertain how the prevalence and health system performance for non-communicable disease risk factors varies according to socioeconomic characteristics.
Household Air Pollution and Health: A Multi-Country LPG Intervention Trial (HAPIN). More details about the HAPIN trial can be found on the study website.
Formative Research to Inform a Community Health Care Center Canteen Intervention to Promote Health in China. The goals of this project are: (1) to identify organization-level enablers and barriers, and to evaluate logistical and economic feasibility of implementing healthy changes to the canteen menu through in-depth interviews with canteen operators and hospital administrators, and (2) to identify individual-level enablers and barriers of consuming healthy foods through focus groups with canteen users stratified by gender (males and females) and organizational position (nurses, physicians, and other staff).