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.