Beate Ritz

Beate R. Ritz, MD, PhD, Chair, Depart­ment of Epi­demi­ol­ogy, Pro­fes­sor of Epi­demi­ol­ogy, Envi­ron­men­tal Health Sci­ences, and Neu­rol­ogy, Schools of Pub­lic Health and Med­i­cine, Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Los Ange­les; Mem­ber, FPR Board of Direc­tors and Advi­sory Board   Web­site  |  Pub­li­ca­tions  |  Bio

Bio: Beate Ritz received her MD and a PhD in Med­ical Soci­ol­ogy from the Uni­ver­sity of Ham­burg Ger­many in 1983 and 1987; she was a research fel­low and res­i­dent at the Psy­chi­atric University-Hospital in Ham­burg from 1987–1989, and received doc­toral train­ing and a PhD degree in Epi­demi­ol­ogy in 1995 from UCLA. Her research uses geo­graphic infor­ma­tion sys­tem (GIS) based expo­sure assess­ment tools to study health effects of air pol­lu­tion and long-term pes­ti­cide expo­sures to inves­ti­gate Parkinson’s dis­ease, child­hood and adult can­cers, repro­duc­tive out­comes, and neu­rode­vel­op­men­tal out­comes includ­ing autism and ADHD. She has been dep­u­tized by the Cal­i­for­nia Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health to orga­nize a Parkinson’s reg­istry in Cal­i­for­nia and co-directs the NIEHS-funded UCLA Cen­ter for Gene-Environment Stud­ies of Parkinson’s dis­ease com­bin­ing epi­demi­o­logic with basic sci­ence and tox­i­co­log­i­cal approaches to eval­u­ate neu­ro­tox­i­c­ity and genetic sus­cep­ti­bil­ity. Dr. Ritz is mem­ber of the FPR Board of Directors.