The findings of investigations into the unusually high prevalence of asthma among South Bronx children will be discussed by New York University researchers at a press conference on Monday, October 16. The event, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Jose E. Serrano, begins at 4 p.m., and also includes members of four Bronx community organizations.

The multi-year asthma study centered on the health effects of transportation-related pollution is being conducted by investigators from NYU’s School of Medicine and Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. It includes some of the most definitive findings ever produced concerning the direct consequences for youth who live or attend schools near truck routes.

“Essentially, this study is a call to further action,” said Congressman Serrano, whose legislative district includes The Bronx.

Journalists seeking to interview the investigators should contact Robert Polner at 212.998.2337 / or Pamela McDonnell at 212.404.3555 /


  • U.S. Representative Jose E. Serrano
  • NYU Wagner Prof. Rae Zimmerman, and Research Scientists Carlos E. Restrepo and Zvia S. Naphtali.
  • NYU School of Medicine Professors Lung-Chi Chen and George D. Thurston
  • Youth Ministries for Peace & Justice; the Sports Foundation; Nos Quedamos/ We Stay; The Point Community Development Corp.


  • Discussion of NYU research findings on the association between asthma and air pollution.


  • Monsignor Raul Del Valle Square at Southern Blvd. and E. 163rd St., Bronx.

When: Monday, October 16th, 4 p.m.

Press Contact

Robert Polner
Robert Polner
(212) 998-2337