The Environmental & Molecular Epidemiology Research Group (EMERG)

The Mission of the Environmental & Molecular Epidemiology Research Group (EMERG) at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health of the University of Toronto is to gain new insights into the impacts of exposure to potentially toxic metals, pesticides, and endocrine disruptors that are of critical importance to public health and medicine by applying multi-disciplinary and novel methods of exposure assessment, genetics, nutrition, psychosocial factors and clinical measurements in epidemiologic studies of human populations around the world.

The Toronto branch of the EMERG is the newest venture initiated by Howard Hu, M.D., M.P.H., Sc.D., who had previously established EMERGs while at the University of Michigan (2006-2012) and Harvard University (1990-2006). Dr. Hu recently came to the University of Toronto as Professor and Director/Dean of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. The EMERG, which now functions as a collective mainly spanning the University of Toronto and University of Michigan, consists of investigators and trainees affiliated with both institutions from a wide variety of disciplines, including epidemiology, biostatistics, clinical medicine (internal medicine, pediatrics, neurology, obstetrics), neuroscience, nutrition, psychology, social science, chemistry, physics, genetics, engineering, and others, as well as a dedicated support staff.

This website is intended to provide information on the members of our research team based at the University of Michigan, links to their biographical sketches, summaries of our on-going research projects, lists of our publications, assorted information for individuals participating in our studies, and links to other websites with information of related interest.

At the present time, the Toronto EMERG and this website are in their early stages, but further information is provided on its main initial focus: the Early Life Exposure in Mexico to Environmental Toxicants (ELEMENT) project, a long-running environmental birth cohort study. Thanks for visiting, and we look forward to adding more to this site as time goes on!

February 7, 2013.