Meet Philip Landrigan, MD, MSc, FAAP

Philip J. Landrigan, MD, MSc, FAAP, Director, Program for Global Public Health and the Common Good; Director, Global Observatory on Planetary Health Professor of Biology, Schiller Institute for Integrated Science and Society, Boston College

For almost 30 years, Dr. Landrigan and other distinguished scientists appealed to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ban chlorpyrifos and other pesticides used in agriculture that were known to impair brain development. The clear link between chlorpyrifos and developmental disorders such as autism and ADHD alarmed pediatricians and scientists –but not the representatives of the agricultural dynasty.

On July 05, 2022, Dr. Landrigan described this struggle to protect children -- and also the need to de-politicize the EPA on Science for the Public's program Contemporary Science Issues and Innovations: The Struggle to Ban Pesticides That Disrupt Brain Development,