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Harvey Checkoway, PhD, MPH, BA

Affiliate Professor, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences (primary department)
Affiliate Professor, Epidemiology

Director, UW Superfund Basic Research Program Project

Dr. Checkoway has held faculty positions in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina (1979-87), the University of Washington Departments of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (primary) and Epidemiology (joint) (1987-2013), and the University of California, San Diego, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine (2013 – present). His main research and teaching interests have focused on occupational and environmental risk factors for non-infectious disease, especially cancers, Parkinson disease, and respiratory disorders. He is first author of the textbook, “Research Methods in Occupational Epidemiology” Oxford University Press, 1st ed. 1989, 2nd ed 2004. He served as Program Director of the University of Washington Superfund Research Program, funded by NIEHS (1998-2013).

Contact Information
University of California (San Diego)
Tel: 858-822-0159

Research Interests
Occupational and environmental risk factors for non-infectious diseases, especially cancers, Parkinson disease, respiratory disorders

PhD, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina 1978
MPH, Epidemiology, Yale University 1975
BA, Psychology, Boston University 1971

• Parkinsonism risk and progression among professional welders (PI, NIEHS)

• Endotoxin exposure and risk of parkinsonism (PI, NIEHS)

• Lifetime uvB exposure, Vitamin D, and multiple sclerosis (PI, National Multiple Sclerosis Society)

• Imaging biomarkers of neurotoxicity in welders (Co-I, NIEHS)

• Haptoglobin phenotype and smoking: effects on iron levels in Parkinson disease (Co-I, NINDS)

Selected Publications

  1. Lundin JL, Checkoway H. Endotoxin and cancer. Environ Health Perspect 2009;117:1344-1350.

  2. Hofmann JN, Keifer MC, De Roos AJ, Fenske RA, Furlong CE, van Belle G, Checkoway H. Occupational determinants of serum cholinesterase inhibition among organophosphate-exposed agricultural pesticide handlers in Washington state. Occup Environ Med 2010;67:375-386.

  3. Firestone JA, Powers KM, Smith-Weller T, Franklin GM, Swanson PD, Longstreth WT Jr, Checkoway H. Occupational risk factors for Parkinson's disease: a population-based case-control study. Am J Ind Med 2010;53:217-223.

  4. Checkoway H, Ray R, Lundin J, et al. Lung cancer and exposures other than cotton dust and endotoxin among women textile workers in Shanghai, China. Occup Environ Med 2011;68:425-429.

  5. Nielsen SS, Gallahger LG, Lundin JL, Longstreth WT, Powers KM, Smith-Weller T, Franklin GM, Swanson PD, Checkoway H. Environmental tobacco smoke and Parkinson disease. Mov Disord, 2012;27:293-297 .

*full bibliography available in CV


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