Hertz-Picciotto Recognized for Outstanding Contributions to Science and Medicine

Photo: Irva Hertz-PicciottoIrva Hertz-Picciotto

Irva Hertz-Picciotto, professor of Epidemiology at UC Davis and chief of the Division of Environmental and Occupational Health in the Department of Public Health Sciences, received the 2013 UC Davis School of Medicine Research Award for her outstanding contributions to biomedical science and medicine through laboratory or clinical research.

Hertz-Picciotto is one of the world’s leading researchers into environmental exposures and perinatal and neurodevelopmental outcomes and on methodological issues in epidemiology. Her transformational research has addressed the effects of lead, arsenic, mercury, pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, and air pollution on pregnancy outcomes and on early child development.

She directs the Northern California Collaborative 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. ┬áHertz-Picciotto is also deputy director of the UC Davis Children's Center for Environmental Health and director, Program in Environmental Epidemiology of Autism.

In 2011, Hertz-Picciotto received the Goldsmith Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology.

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