Lawrence M. Schell MA, PhD, FAAAS

Lawrence M. Schell

Lawrence M. Schell is a Distinguished Professor at the University at Albany, State University of New York, in the departments of Anthropology, and Epidemiology and Biostatistics. He is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Albany Medical College. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania under the supervision of Dr. Francis E. Johnston. He has been a Visiting Scientist at the University of Padova, Italy, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Wroclaw, Poland. His research concerns three intersecting areas: pollutant exposures particularly metals and persistent organic pollutants, child health and development, and health disparities.

Early work concerned noise stress and child growth and was followed by studies of a socioeconomically depressed and largely African American sample in Albany, NY to understand the relationships of maternal characteristics, diet and lead exposure to infant development. This work revealed the disproportionate exposure of minorities and other disadvantaged communities to toxicants and other untoward influences on child health.

Since 1995 he has collaborated with the Akwesasne Mohawk Nation, a Native American community, to determine the effects of their pollutant exposure on child growth and development. Recent studies have focused on the relationships of pollutant exposure to women’s reproductive health and cardiovascular disease. He has published numerous papers from these studies as well as reviews on the growth of Native American youth and obesity. The 20+ year collaboration with the Mohawk community has involved multiple papers with Mohawk co-authors. The collaboration is often cited as a model of mutually respectful research between scientists and Native Americans. Recently he began to collaborate on the Croatian Island Birth Study to investigate the effects of changing Mediterranean diet and lifestyle, including pollutant exposure, among Dalmatian island populations on birth outcomes and early development. Since 2004 he has directed the university’s Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities to facilitate university researchers’ collaboration with local communities to investigate minority health disparities in the smaller cities and towns of upstate New York and to test alleviating interventions. Work on the health consequences of toxicant exposures and lifestyle change, as experienced disproportionately by disadvantaged groups, continues to be his main research focus.

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Main topics

  • Early feeding and growth
  • First 1000 days
  • Biological models in growth
  • Growth disorders
  • Birth cohorts
  • Croatian Islands' Birth Cohort Study (CRIBS)
  • Obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome
  • Nutrition and body composition
  • Epigenetics of growth and development
  • Environmental effects on growth
  • Recent advances in data analysis
  • Clinical considerations in fetal growth and neonatology
  • Kinesiology, maturity and athletic performance
  • Complex and genetic disorders
  • The exposome and allergic diseases
  • Growth and development in educational context (in collaboration with Education and Teacher Training Agency - in Croatian)




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Important info

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to postpone the ISGA Congress, originally planned for May 27-31 2020 in Šibenik, Croatia. Even with the vaccinations, the situation is not improving significantly and prevents us from holding the Congress in 2021.

International Society for the Study of Human Growth and Clinical Auxology (ISGA), with the Institute and Anthropological Research as host, and European Anthropological Association (EAA) came to a mutual decision to hold a joint ISGA & EAA Congress in 2024 in Croatia. We look forward to this event as a great opportunity for the exchange of knowledge and networking!

As the planning for the 2024 Congress proceeds, we will be updating the website to keep you informed, so please check the website and do not hesitate to contact us if you require further information.