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Imprints Center: Genetic and Environmental Lifecourse Studies


The Imprints Center facilitates research, training, and strategizing on the impact of environmental and genetic exposures across generations in various populations throughout the world.

The Imprints Center brings together investigators working with information resources gathered across generations of populations in different regions and environments. Our researchers are engaged in key studies that examine a wide array of environmental and genetic exposures at various points in development, and also consider a range of health and disease outcomes. The Imprints Center provides a unique setting for intellectual exchange, for supporting methodologic strategies and for identifying new research opportunities, as well as for training interested colleagues and students.

DIRECTOR, Ezra Susser, MD, DrPH

The Center's founding director is Dr. Ezra Susser, Professor of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health; Professor of Psychiatry, College of Physicians and Surgeons and the New York State Psychiatric Institute; and the Dr. Lisa Oehler Visiting Professor, Dept. Psychiatry, Univ. Göttingen, Germany.  Dr. Susser has played an integral role in the revitalization of studies of adult health in birth cohorts around the globe, including the United States, the Netherlands, China, and Israel. His research in these cohorts has led to groundbreaking findings regarding nutritional and infectious exposures in gestation, and schizophrenia in adulthood.

The Imprints Center is a collaboration of three groups, including the Lifecourse Cluster of the Department of Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health (Columbia University), the Institute of Human Nutrition (College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University), and the Division of Developmental Neuroscience (New York State Psychiatric Institute). Key Investigators include faculty from each of these groups.

CO-DIRECTOR, Jennie Kline, PhD
Jennie Kline, PhD, Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology, serves as Co-Director of Imprints.

Some of our members are also members of the Imprints Center at New York State Psychiatric Institute, including

Michaeline Bresnahan, Alan Brown, Daniel Herman, Jennie Kline, Daniel Pilowsky, and Ezra Susser.