Scientific Advisory Council
Dr. Sarah Corathers
Dr. Corathers completed residency training in internal medicine and pediatrics followed by a combined fellowship in adult and pediatric endocrinology. Her clinical training provides a unique background in management of diabetes and endocrine conditions across the lifespan. She is the director of the diabetes transition program with the aim of preparing pediatric patients for successful transition to adult care. Additional clinical and research interests include Turner syndrome, transgender health, hereditary endocrine conditions and quality improvement in health care. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Cincinnati Department of Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the College of Medicine. Dr. Corathers directs the Quality Scholars Program in the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence at Cincinnati Children’s, and nationally, is a faculty leader for the Type 1 Diabetes Exchange Quality Improvement Learning Collaborative (T1DX-QI).
Dr. Jodi A. Flaws
Dr. Flaws is a Professor in Comparative Biosciences at the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign. Dr. Flaws’ research program is mainly focused on determining the mechanisms by which environmental chemicals affect the development and function of the ovary. Her research is funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health. She has published over 250 peer-reviewed papers, including the The Authoritative Guide on Plastics, EDCs & Health from the Endocrine Society in December 2020. She is the recipient of the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, University of Maryland Student Mentoring Award, the Dr. Gordon and Mrs. Helen Kruger Research Excellence Award, the Pfizer Animal Health Award for Research Excellence and the Women in Toxicology Mentoring Award from the Society of Toxicology.
Dr. Joseph Laakso
Dr. Laakso is the Director, Science Policy at the Endocrine Society, a professional scientific and medical specialty association representing over 18,000 endocrinologists and endocrine scientists worldwide. Through his work with the Society, he helps the world’s leading experts in the field of endocrinology to advance policies that accelerate scientific discovery and ensure that endocrine science is reflected in legislation and regulatory decision making.
Dr. Laakso is passionate about the promise of research and the ability of governments to use scientific knowledge to advance effective science-based policies. He uses his blend of scientific and policy expertise to distill and communicate complicated scientific issues to policymakers and other audiences. His experience includes driving advocacy campaigns, facilitating and leading meetings with Members of Congress and their staff, drafting position statements and policy letters, producing congressional briefings, and working with the National Institutes of Health and other Federal Agencies on issues affection the biomedical research community. Recently, he has expanded the Endocrine Society’s advocacy footprint, driving efforts to influence regulatory policies in the European Union. He is a recognized leader among advocacy coalitions, serving as a Co-Chair of the Friends of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and previously on the Executive Committee of the Friends of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. His background includes a B.S. in Biochemistry from the State University of New York, College at Geneseo, and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, and has volunteer experience focused on federal technology transfer policies.
Dr. Bruce Lanphear
Dr. Lanphear studies fetal and early childhood exposures to prevalent environmental neurotoxins including lead, pesticides, mercury, alcohol, PCB's and environmental tobacco smoke. Dr. Lanphear has extensive experience conducting community-based trials, including lead poisoning prevention, epidemiology of asthma, prevention of exposure to tobacco smoke and measurement of lead and allergens in housing. He has worked with the US Environmental Protection Agency and the California Department of Toxic Substance Control in efforts to protect children from everyday toxins. He served as a member of the Expert Advisory Panel on Children’s Health and the Environment for the Commission for Environmental Cooperation. He is a Member of the U.S. EPA's Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee - Lead Review Panel. Dr. Lanphear is an editorial board member for several scientific journals, including PLoS Medicine, Environmental Research, Public Health Reports, Breastfeeding Medicine, Environmental Health and Environmental Health Perspectives. In 2007, he was elected to the Ramazzini Collegium, an international society of scientists that examines critical issues in occupational and environmental health and is dedicated to the prevention of disease and the promotion of health.
Dr. Leonardo Trasande
Dr. Trasande is an internationally renowned leader in children’s environmental health. His research focuses on identifying the role of environmental exposures in childhood obesity and cardiovascular risks, and documenting the economic costs for policy makers of failing to prevent diseases of environmental origin in children proactively. He is perhaps best known for a series of studies published in Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology and the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism that document disease costs due to endocrine disrupting chemicals in the US and Europe of $340 billion and €163 billion annually, respectively.
He is a Jim G. Hendrick MD Professor, Director of the Division of Environmental Pediatrics and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Pediatrics at NYU School of Medicine. He also serves on the faculty of the NYU Wagner School of Public Service and the NYU College of Global Public Health. He has served as a member of numerous scientific committees and expert panels, including: the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Executive Committee of the Council for Environmental Health; the Science and Technical Advisory Committee for the World Trade Center Health Program; the National Children’s Study Methodological Review Panel of the National Academy of Sciences; the United Nations Environment Programme Steering Committee on a Global Outlook for Chemicals; and the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Center for Environmental Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).