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Air pollution: A real heartbreaker

August 27, 2019
By Maddie Hunt

Air quality across America has improved dramatically over the past few decades, making many a doctor’s heart sing. Since passage of the Clean Air Act of 1970, the six most common air pollutants dropped an average of 73 percent. By decreasing the pollution people breathe, so goes the risk of stroke, heart disease, lung cancer and respiratory disease.

Joanna Chiu, Chancellor’s Fellow and Pilot Project Grantee

March 07, 2019

UC Davis named molecular geneticist and physiologist Joanna Chiu, associate professor and vice chair of the Department of Entomology and Nematology, one of 10 Chancellor's Fellows this year, an honor awarded to associate professors who excel in research and teaching.

The School of Public Health at the University of Washington is hiring!

February 01, 2019
University of Washington, Seattle

The University of Washington's Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences in the School of Public Heath is hiring a full-time position as assistant or associate professor without tenure (WOT) in Environmental Health Microbiomes. Apply Now.

 

Open Date

Jan 3, 2019

Folic acid may mitigate autism risk

April 18, 2018

Researchers at UC Davis and other institutions have shown that mothers who take recommended amounts of folic acid around conception might reduce their children’s pesticide-related autism risk. In the study, children whose mothers took 800 or more micrograms of folic acid (the amount in most prenatal vitamins) had a significantly lower risk of developing autism spectrum disorder (ASD) – even when their mothers were exposed to household or agricultural pesticides associated with increased risk. The study appears in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

Message from the Director - Climate change and health

June 05, 2017

The decision in Washington last week to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, which was signed by 195 parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, is a step in the wrong direction, at a time when more, not less, is needed. Even the negotiators of the Agreement pointed out that collectively, the goals set by individual countries for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions were insufficient to avert adverse impacts of climate change.

Project TENDR (Video)

February 24, 2017

Leading health professionals, scientists and advocates agree that exposure to chemicals are putting children at risk for neurodevelopmental disorders like autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and learning disabilities.

UC Davis Environmental Health Sciences Center Director Irva Hertz-Picciotto is leading initiatives around these environmental impacts on kids. One such push is Project TENDR (Targeting Environmental Neuro-Developmental Risks), an organization working to protect infants and children from preventable threats to healthy brain development.