Special Issue "Environmental Impacts on Early Development"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Women's Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Chellakkan Selvanesan Blesson
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Guest Editor
1. Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, United States;
2. Texas Children's Hospital Houston, Houston, United States
Interests: reproductive endocrinology; developmental origin of polycystic ovary syndrome; developmental origin of type 2 diabetes; mitochondria and metabolism; metabolic diseases and early development

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Normal early development is vital for the later survival of any organism. Various biological, chemical, and physical signals are essential for normal embryonic, fetal, and neonatal development. These signals shape early development by influencing various molecular mechanisms during in utero and neonatal development. Chemical (carbohydrate, protein, lipids, macro- and micronutrients, vitamins, etc.), biological (hormones, growth factors, signaling molecules, etc.), and physical (space, radiation, sound, vibration, etc.) agents in the right amount at the right time are required for survival and normal function in later life. As a result of the modern lifestyle, we are exposed to various factors such as environmental pollutants, food additives, volatile organic compounds, heavy metals, and pesticides, etc. that adversely affect early development. In some cases, the effects are delayed or prolonged and can lead to a public health crisis. 

In this Special Issue, we will focus on the role played by the normal and abnormal environment on early development with an emphasis on human and mammalian development. We also welcome contributions that use animal models to understand impacts, treatment, molecular mechanisms, and prevention strategies. This Special Issue will focus on the various biological, chemical, and physical actions on the embryo, fetus, and neonates, and how these impact development and later life. We also welcome manuscripts on diagnosis, treatment, management, economic impact assessments, and the public health perspective of the diseases caused by early environmental impacts, including developmental programming of metabolic diseases. We welcome manuscripts on all aspects of the impacts that the environment has on early development. We welcome original research articles (human and animal studies, epidemiological studies), reviews, and case studies.

Dr. Chellakkan Selvanesan Blesson
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2300 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • embryology
  • pregnancy
  • lactation
  • neonatology
  • nutrition
  • hormones
  • endocrine disruptors
  • toxins
  • developmental programming
  • metabolism

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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