Irva Hertz-Picciotto

COVID-19 research

The UC Davis Environmental Health Sciences Center (EHSC) will be launching a COVID-19 research project very soon. We'll be updating this web page with more information in the coming weeks.

If you have any questions or want to contact us about this research, email the research team at hs-COVID19WorkerStudy@ucdavis.edu. In the meantime, please feel free to share our flyer below.

 

Numbers count: Profile of Irva Hertz-Picciotto

Irva Hertz-Picciotto, MPH, MA, PhD is an environmental epidemiologist studying how exposure to substances like metals, pesticides, air pollutants and endocrine disruptors interact with nutrition, genetics and social factors, especially during pregnancy and early child development.

Renowned for her pioneering expertise on environmental factors linked to autism, she’s produced seminal papers on the role exposure to pesticides, traffic-related air pollution, low folic acid intake and untreated fever during pregnancy have on the development of autism in children.

The cores

Like other centers sponsored by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), the research we do at the UC Davis Environmental Health Sciences Center (EHSC) can be broken up into three key areas or "cores." Contact any one of the co-directors below for more information.

Our mission

The UC Davis Environmental Health Sciences Center bridges the gap between science and health. Learn how its research is building healthier communities.

New research on wildfires in California

We know what natural wildfire smoke is composed of, but we have no idea what will be in urban wildfire smoke. We expect it to be very different.” Keith Bein, UC Davis Air Quality Research Center

 

Researchers at the UC Davis Environmental Health Sciences Center (EHSC) are working with communities across California to study the physical and emotional impacts wildfires have had on survivors over the past several years. Research is ongoing and will incorporate new wildfires as they erupt.

Project TENDR

Project TENDR is a unique collaboration of leading scientists, health professionals and children’s and environmental advocates.  The group, co founded by EHS Center Director, Irva Hertz-Picciotto and Maureen Swanson of the Learning Disabilities Association of America, formed in 2015 out of concern over the now substantial scientific evidence linking toxic environmental chemicals to neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder, attention deficits, hyperactivity, intellectual disability and learning disorders.