Research Program of Brian Schwartz, MD, MS
There is an increased focus on global environmental sustainability, and how land use and energy use are contributing to global climate change, ecosystem degradation, biodiversity and species losses.
The Baltimore Memory Study is a cohort study of the multilevel determinants of cognitive decline in 50-70-year-old randomly selected residents of specific city neighborhoods.
Organolead workers were exposed to both organic and inorganic lead. Organic lead metabolized to inorganic in vivo. The lead biomarkers measure inorganic lead.
The mission of the EHI is to understand how land use, the built environment, energy production and use, food systems, and water systems may impact human health in central and northeastern Pennsylvania.
Dr. Schwartz is an environmental epidemiologist investigating a broad range of environmental exposures and diseases, from specific toxicants like lead and other metals, to newer concerns such as the environmental health consequences of climate change, food production, and unconventional natural gas development. Through his work with the Environmental Health Institute at the Geisinger Health System, he has become increasingly interested in using electronic health records for “big data” epidemiology.
There are many ongoing opportunities for students interested in environmental epidemiologic research. Dr. Schwartz's funding for training and research is provided through various grants.