The Early Life Exposures in Mexico to ENvironmental Toxicants (ELEMENT) Project is an environmental birth cohort study that was co-founded by Dr. Hu and continuously funded by NIH since 1993. It has generated >100 papers in the peer-reviewed literature, won the 1997 NIEHS Research Progress & Achievement Award, and continues today. The general goal is to understand prenatal environmental, nutritional, behavioral, and genetic determinants of neurobehavioral and physical development.

Research Areas

  • Chronic Diseases
  • Environmental Health
  • Infant/child health
  • Mental/Behavioral Health
  • Neurology
  • Non-communicable Diseases
  • Pediatrics

Type of Project

  • Research Activities

Key Partners on Site

  • Instituto Nacional de Salud Publica (the National Institute of Public Health, Mexico)
  • Karen Peterson et al. at the University of Michigan School of Public Health

Funding Source


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Principal Investigator

Howard Hu, MD, MPH, ScD

Flora L. Thornton Chair

Professor of Population and Public Health Sciences