Eskenazi Honored with Goldsmith Award

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Brenda Eskenazi

COEH faculty Brenda Eskenazi received the John Goldsmith Award for Outstanding Contributions to Environmental Epidemiology from the International Society of Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE). The premiere award of the ISEE honors environmental epidemiologists who serve as models of excellence in research, unwavering promotion of environmental health, and integrity.

Eskenazi, who is the Jennifer and Brian Maxwell Professor of Maternal and Child Health and Epidemiology in the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley, received the award in part for her contributions to the field of environmental epidemiology through her work founding and directing the Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health.

Since 1999, she has directed a longitudinal birth cohort study examining chemicals and other factors in the environment and children’s health as part of the Center for the Health Assessment of Mothers and Children of Salinas project, or CHAMACOS. Among other findings, the landmark study has linked flame retardants to lower birth weights, associated the exposure of polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs, to reduced fertility and altered thyroid function in women, and linked mothers’ exposure to organophosphate pesticides during pregnancy to shorter gestation and lower IQs in children.

At the society’s 24th annual conference in South Carolina, ISEE Past President Dean Baker praised Eskenazi’s impressive research credentials, noting that she has received international recognition for her work, that her research is a model that many others have followed, and that her publications were cited more than 700 times in the past year. Baker is an alumnus of UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health and the director of COEH at UC Irvine.

“I am very honored to be acknowledged by my colleagues and to receive this award in the name of John R. Goldsmith, a visionary and one of the founders of environmental epidemiology,” says Eskenazi.

This annual award honors John Goldsmith, one of the organizers, early leaders, and constant supporters of the ISEE, who passed away in October 1999. Previous COEH members honored with the Goldsmith award include Irva Hertz-Picciotto and Allan Smith. The directors, faculty, and students of COEH wish to congratulate Eskenazi on her outstanding achievement.

Condensed from a press release by Linda Anderberg, UC Berkeley School of Public Health.

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