Environment and Human Health

Transformation of the environment by human activities do more than change the atmosphere, causing climate change. Industrial emissions, pesticides or synthetic chemicals introduced into the environment, often pose a threat to human health. While working at UCLA as a research neuroscientist and teaching at the School of Medicine, I engaged in efforts to address environmental public health threats, like the aerial spraying of malathion over urban areas, the neurotoxic dangers of the gasoline additive MTBE, and the siting of toxic hot spots.

Neurotoxic effects of MTBE, a gasoline additive. Testimony before the California State Senate.

Health effects of the neurotoxic pesticide, Malathion. Testimony before a joint committee of the California State Legislature.

Informed consent and caution in risk assessment: two key elements in the protection of public health. Testimony regarding the California’s State Assembly “Air Toxics” bill.