USC:

Southern California Children's Environmental
Health Center

at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California


The Southern California Children's Environmental Health Center (SC-CEHC) is a new center established in 2013.

Obesity and its metabolic consequences have become critical public health issues. A better understanding of the causes of childhood obesity is needed to develop the effective preventive intervention. Recent studies indicate that early-life exposures to near roadway traffic-related air pollution increase childhood obesity and have the potential to contribute to fat redistribution, systemic inflammation, and metabolic changes associated with increased risk for type 2 diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and cardiovascular disease. Although childhood exposure is associated with increased risk for obesity, there is little data on the effects in children of exposures during critical period of development on the distribution of adipose tissue or the metabolic consequences of exposure.

NEW: Effects of exposure to air pollution on development of obesity to be studied by Keck Medicine of USC researchers. Click here to read press release.