CERCH Awarded Paper of the Year

A research paper authored by investigators from UC Berkeley’s Center for Environment Research and Children’s Health (CERCH) received the 2012 Paper of the Year Award from the journal, Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP). The award recognizes the most highly cited paper published during the preceding year.

In 2012, the award was shared by three papers published in the same issue. The editorial board stated that, as a group, they added significantly to the weight of evidence linking exposure to organophosphate (OP) pesticides with adverse effects on cognitive development by simultaneous reporting consistent findings for three groups of children.1

The winning paper, “Prenatal exposure to organophosphate pesticides and IQ in 7-year-old children,” was published ahead of print in April, 2011, by CERCH co-authors Maryse F. Bouchard, Jonathan Chevrier, Kim G. Harley, Katherine Kogut, Michelle Vedar, Celina Trujillo, Caroline Johnson, Asa Bradman, Brenda Eskenazi, Norma Calderon from the Center for the Health Assessment of Mothers and Children of Salinas (CHAMACOS) Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas, and Dana Boyd Barr from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Of note, it was Eskenazi who envisioned the importance of publishing the papers together and coordinated their submission to EHP.

The other two papers to share the award are “Prenatal Exposure to Organophosphates, Paraoxonase1, and Cognitive Development in Childhood” by Stephanie M. Engel, James Wetmur, Jia Chen, Chenbo Zhu, Dana Boyd Barr, Richard L. Canfield, and Mary S. Wolff and “Seven-Year Neurodevelopmental Consequences of Prenatal Exposure to Chlorpyrifos, a Common Organophosphate Pesticide” by Virginia Rauh, Srikesh Arunajadai, Megan Horton, Frederica Perera, Lori Hoepner, Dana B. Barr, and Robin Whyatt.

1Hugh A. Tilson, Editor-in-Chief, EHP. “EHP Paper of the Year 2012.” EHP website. December 3, 2012. http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/2012/12/1206266.

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