Loyda B. Méndez

Adjunct Associate ProfessorLoyda Mendez baja resolocion
Ph.D., 2006; University of California, Irvine

Academic Department(s)
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Research Area
Research Interest
Toxic effects of environmental pollutants

It is well known that Puerto Rican children bear a disproportionate burden of asthma among ethnic and minority groups in the US (Hunninghake et al. 2006). In addition, differences in acquiring basic cognitive skills have been observed in Hispanic children, including Puerto Ricans (NICHD, 2000). However limited studies have measured lung function and/or neurocognitive skills in Puerto Rican children. Our main goal is to examine the relationships between living near two main sources of traffic-related air pollution and the risk of developing respiratory and neurocognitive impairments in Puerto Rican children. In addition, we will assess short term variations in lung function capacity and cognitive processes with variations in air pollutants concentration. To this extend we plan to conduct a longitudinal study in a cohort of Puerto Rican children in Carolina, Puerto Rico.

Contact Information
Universidad del Este
School of Science and Technology
P.O. Box 2010
Carolina, PR 00984-2010
Tel.: (787) 257-7373 x-3386, 2312
Fax: (787) 257-7390
e-mail: lbmendez@suagm.edu