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Eskenazi is Upcoming Distinguished Lecturer

By Eddy Ball
March 2010

Allen Wilcox, M.D., Ph.D.
Distinguished Lecturer Brenda Eskenazi in her office at UCB. (Photo courtesy of Brenda Eskenazi)

Epidemiology takes center stage March 16 at 11:00 in Rodbell Auditorium with the next talk in the NIEHS Distinguished Lecture Series by veteran NIEHS grantee Brenda Eskenazi, Ph.D. Hosted by NIEHS Principal Investigator Matthew Longnecker, M.D., Sc.D., Eskenazi's talk will explore her research findings in the seminar, "Organophosphate Pesticide Exposure and the Development of Children Living in an Agricultural Community: Results of the CHAMACOS Study."

Eskenazi ( NIEHS is the Jennifer and Brian Maxwell Professor of Maternal and Child Health and Epidemiology at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB). As both a neuropsychologist and epidemiologist, she has investigated the relation of environmental exposure and child development and reproductive health for the last 30 years. She is the principal investigator (PI) and director of an NIH/EPA Center for Excellence in Children's Environmental Health Research (the "CHAMACOS" Project), which investigates pesticide, flame retardant, bisphenol A, and other environmental exposure in farm workers and their children.

Eskenazi is also the PI on other NIEHS-funded projects on endocrine disruption - one based in Seveso, Italy investigating the reproductive health and dioxin, and another examining the effects of persistent and non-persistent endocrine-disruptors on neurodevelopment. Additionally, Eskenazi is the PI on a grant from EPA examining whether children with certain PON1 genotypes are at higher risk from exposure to pesticides and on an NIEHS grant examining benzene exposure in China and effects on genetic and non-genetic markers in human sperm.

Eskenazi is a fellow of the American College of Epidemiology and serves on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Epidemiology and Environmental Health Perspectives. She has served on the State of California's Scientific Advisory Board for the Toxics Initiative (Proposition 65), the Scientific Advisory Board of the Children's Health Environmental Coalition and for Health Children Healthy World, and on the Study Design Working Group of the National Children's Study. She was a member of the National Academy of Sciences Board on Children, Youth, and Families and is currently a member of the Expert Committee for the Stockholm Convention.

Along with Phil Landrigan, M.D., Eskenazi was instrumental in establishing a Children's Health Section in Environmental Health Perspectives, and they served as the first co-editors.

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