Department of Emergency Medicine
Center for Occupational and Environmental Health

IHP-w-fuchsiaIrva Hertz-Picciotto, PhD, MPH
Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences

Dr. Hertz-Picciotto, Professor at the University of California Davis, is an environmental epidemiologist with over 200 scientific publications addressing environmental exposures, including metals, pesticides, air contaminants and persistent pollutants, their interactions with nutrition, and their effects on pregnancy, the newborn, and child development. She launched the CHARGE Study, the first large, comprehensive population-based study of environmental factors in autism, followed by MARBLES (Markers of Autism Risk in Babies – Learning Early Signs) to search for early markers that will predict autism, starting in pregnancy. She is also Director of the Northern California Center for the National Children’s Study. She has served on Scientific Advisory Panels for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Toxicology Program, the California Air Resources Board and Proposition 65 committee, and the NIH Interagency Coordinating Committee on Autism Research; she also chaired the Expert Panel on CDC’s Vaccine Safety Database for Studies of Autism and Thimerosal as well as two National Academy of Sciences/Institute of Medicine Panels on Agent Orange and Vietnam Veterans, and more recently, the Institute of Medicine Committee on Breast Cancer and the Environment. She received the Goldsmith Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology.