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EPA STAR researcher receives the 2011 John Goldsmith Award for Outstanding Contributions to Environmental Epidemiology

Dr. Hertz-Picciotto

The International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE) awarded the 2011 John Goldsmith Award for Outstanding Contributions to Environmental Epidemiology to Dr. Hertz-Picciotto for her groundbreaking research on autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders affecting growing numbers of children worldwide. Her transformational research has addressed the effects of lead, arsenic, mercury, pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and air pollution on pregnancy outcomes and early child development. Her research has already provided clues that could lead to earlier detection of autism and has laid the groundwork for prevention strategies — such as advising behavioral changes to limit mothers’ exposures to harmful chemicals and   advocating regulations to ban harmful substances from consumer products.

Dr. Hertz-Picciotto is currently the deputy director of UC Davis Children’s Center for Environmental Health, an EPA and NIEHS co-funded research center. Dr. Hertz-Picciotto is the principal investigator on several major studies including three major investigations of autism. These include the Childhood Autism Risk from Genetics and the Environment, or CHARGE, study; the Markers of Autism Risk in Babies — Learning Early Signs, or MARBLES, study; and the Early Autism  Risk Longitudinal Investigation (EARLI) study, for which she is co-principal investigator. Dr. Hertz-Picciotto also directs the Northern California Center for the National Children’s Study, the nation’s largest examination of environmental factors that may cause or contribute to asthma, autism, diabetes and problems with weight, attention and learning in children of all ages.  


ISEE fosters the study of health and the environment, and supports epidemiological studies on the health effects of environmental exposures; communication among epidemiologists, toxicologists, exposure analysts, and other environmental scientists; innovative approaches to substantive or methodologic problems and applications of environmental epidemiology; and the use of environmental epidemiology to inform public policy.  ISEE issues the John Goldsmith Award annually for sustained and outstanding contributions to the knowledge and practice of environmental epidemiology. This annual award was estabished to honor John Goldsmith, one of the organizers, early leaders, and constant supporters of the ISEE, who passed away in October 1999. Recipients have typically contributed in substantive and innovative fashion to the methods and practice of epidemiology over many years. The Award was presented to Dr. Hertz-Picciotto during the 2011 ISEE Annual Conference in Barcelona, Spain, in September.

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