Research in the Aschner Lab
As a neonatologist, Dr. Judy Aschner has devoted her career to the care of critically-ill preterm and term newborns and to improving the outcomes of pregnancy. This has driven her NIH-funded research program which focuses on novel therapies to prevent and treat neonatal lung diseases as well as understanding and mitigating the impact of environmental exposures in infancy on health outcomes throughout childhood.
The Aschner Lab’s most recent focus is the impact of environmental factors, broadly defined, on children’s health and development.. Most recently, Dr. Aschner was the recipient of a multimillion dollar National Institutes of Health grant earmarked for the study of how environmental factors affect children with a variety of disabilities as part of a major nationwide study. The two-year, $5.6 million grant is part of the Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) program (https://echochildren.org/), a massive national cohort started seven years ago. The new funding will continue the long-term ECHO research of Dr. Aschner, who is also a professor of pediatrics at the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine.