Date: Saturday, January 8th
Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm
Beate Ritz (https://ph.ucla.edu/faculty/ritz) joined the faculty of the School of Public Health at UCLA in 1995 and is Professor of Epidemiology with co-appointments in the Environmental Health department at the UCLA School of Public Health and in Neurology, UCLA School of Medicine; she is a member of the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH), the Southern California Environmental Health Science Center (SCEHSC), co-directed the NIEHS-funded UCLA Center for Gene-Environment Studies of Parkinson’s disease and is the Interim Director for the APDA Center of Excellence in Parkinson’s Disease Research.
Dr. Ritz’s research focuses on the health effects of occupational and environmental toxins such as pesticides, ionizing radiation, and air pollution on chronic diseases including neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental disorders (Parkinson’s disease, autism cognition), cancers, and adverse birth outcomes and asthma.
Since 1997, Dr. Ritz has been investigating the long-term effects of pesticide exposures on Parkinson’s disease and cancers and is currently conducting a project to implement a Parkinson’s disease registry required by a 2004 law in California. In 2011 she received an award from the American Parkinson’s Disease Association (APDA) for outstanding contributions to the advancement of Parkinson’s research. In her research she uses geographic information system (GIS) modeling of environmental exposures including pesticide use and traffic related air pollution in California and investigates links between genetic susceptibility factors and environmental exposures in populations.
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