Prof. Remais launches environmental justice research on climate change impacts in California

With funding from California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, Prof. Justin Remais' group in Environmental Health Sciences at UC Berkeley has launched new research into the environmental health hazards associated with climate change in California, with a focus on disparities in exposure among California's diverse populations. The project will focus on the impacts of extreme precipitation, and will examine the potential hazards associated with a more variable climate in the State. Researchers in Prof. Remais' group will estimate flood risks in California associated with past, present, and future climate conditions, and will examine the distribution of potential hazardous releases from facilities located in flood-prone areas in the presence of extreme precipitation, inundation, or storm surges.

The research will focus on communities in California that are low-income, have larger pollution burdens, and have population characteristics -- including poverty, linguistic isolation, and asthma rates -- that are associated with higher environmental exposures or risks, particularly among susceptible subpopulations such as children, elderly, or individuals with pre-existing health conditions.

The researchers aim to contribute to resilience planning efforts by communities in California where industrial and commercial facilities may be impacted by climate, and where adaptation strategies and infrastructure may be developed to increase population resilience.

Summer news from EHS and COEH

Prof. Remais awarded $3.6 million from NIH to build better infectious disease surveillance

A Berkeley School of Public Health research team led by EHS Prof. Justin Remais has been awarded a $3.6 million, five-year grant by the National Institutes of Health to develop new approaches for simulating and optimizing surveillance networks that detect infectious diseases.

The project will enlist big data to tackle major challenges facing the monitoring of global infectious diseases, such as tracking the progress of disease elimination campaigns, detecting co-infections and maximizing detection of rare diseases in high-risk populations. The researchers will focus on high-priority global infections, including tuberculosis, malaria and schistosomiasis, and the team will work in partnership with practitioners at the U.S. and Chinese Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Upcoming event (March 1): An Overview of Occupational Epidemiology and the Healthy Worker Effect

Erika Garcia, PhD candidate in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences at UC Berkeley will provide an overview of occupational epidemiology and the Healthy Worker Effect in this upcoming webinar.

An Overview of Occupational Epidemiology and the Healthy Worker Effect

Wednesday, March 1, 2017|  10:30 AM - 11:30 AM (Pacific Standard Time)

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Prof. Justin Remais launches $2.1mil project on Drought and Public Health in California with collaborators at UCLA, UCSD and UCM

EHS Prof. Justin Remais (co-PI) is collaborating on a 4-year, $2.1 million grant with colleagues at UCLA, UCSD, UCM and others to examine the public health impacts of drought and climate change in California. The researchers will examine the health risks of smoke from drought-enhanced wildfires, and of drought-associated changes to the transmission of Valley Fever and West Nile Virus in the State. Co-PIs on the project include Remais at Berkeley, Dennis Lettenmaier at UCLA, Sasha Gershunov at UCSD and Leroy Westerling at UCM.

See more information about Prof. Remais' research group, and the MRPI funding.


Prof Asa Bradman appointed to USDA National Organic Standards Board

The USDA National Organic Program announced today that Prof. Asa Bradman, Associate Director of the Center for Environmental Research and Children's Health and Associate Adjunct Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, has been appointed to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) as the Scientist member for a five year term beginning in January 2017.  The NOSB is a 15 member Federal Advisory Board that considers and makes recommendations on a wide range of issues involving the production, handling, and processing of organic products. The Board has statutory authority to judge which materials are on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances that may or may not be used in organic crop and livestock production.

Bradman is one of the first members in the scientist position with environmental health training.  "I am honored to serve on the Board and thank Secretary Vilsack and the National Organic Program for their confidence in me.  One of my first jobs was picking citrus fruits for export and since then I have worked on many public health issues related to food production.  Agriculture is a crucial industry in California and the organic sector is growing by double digits across the nation. I look forward to helping support the National Organic Program."


Prof. Asa Bradman

Prof. Asa Bradman