World Trade Center Health Study in Florida

Our Study

Our research aims to understand the long-term impact of 9/11 exposure on the physical and mental health of WTC responders and survivors now residing in Florida. The current areas of research include:

1. Mental Health: Evaluating the effectiveness of a self-help app in managing mental disorders stemming from the 9/11 tragedy.

2. Aging: Examining the Frailty Index, derived from a range of clinical and physiological variables, to determine whether accelerated aging is evident in this population.

In the near future, we intend to investigate the incidence of cancer among 9/11 survivors residing in Florida, as well as explore whether there is an accelerated decline in neurological health related to the World Trade Center disaster.


  • You will have the opportunity to join or reconnect in Florida with research opportunities regarding the World Trade Center Health Program, potentially leading to advancements treatment and support services.
  • Your participation in our study serves as a vital contribution to ongoing medical and scientific endeavors, driving forward the collective effort to uncover insights that not only benefit responders directly impacted by 9/11 but also have the potential to inform broader health initiatives, enhancing the well-being of communities worldwide.

9/11 Survivors and Responders in Florida

We invite all survivors and responders now based in Florida to participate in this study and help us learn more about the health effects of 9/11



Estimated first responders and survivors moved to Florida after 9/11

We Care

“Research is important.”

“Science is key to understanding what is happening and what can be done. If we see an exposure is causing something, especially at an early stage, we can intervene and do whatever we can provide in terms of personalized medicine, personalized prevention.”

Dr. Roberto Lucchini
Primary Investigator
World Trade Center Health Study in Florida

Dr. Roberto Lucchini, sheds light on the long-lasting effects of the unprecedented exposure experienced during 9/11. From acute respiratory responses to chronic health issues such as asthma and cancer, the impact on these heroes still lingers on today. Dr. Lucchini discusses the vital role of the World Trade Center Health Program, funded by the government through the CDC, in providing ongoing health check-ups and monitoring for responders. Now, with a focus on Florida, FIU is reaching out to these heroes, to understand their current challenges, and involve them in further research.