University of California, Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley Center for Children’s Environmental Health Research primarily conducts its research in the Salinas Valley of California, which is an agricultural region where about 38,000 farm workers, mostly Hispanic, work and live. More than 0.5 million pounds of organophosphate pesticides are used in this area yearly. The research attempts to determine pesticide and other environmental exposures in pregnant women and young children and the effects of these exposures on childhood growth, neurodevelopment, and respiratory disease. Community-based programs are developed to try to reduce take-home pesticide exposure in the children of farm workers.

University of California Davis

The University of California Davis Center for the Study of Environmental Factors in the Etiology of Autism studies chemicals known to be toxic to the nervous and immune systems and attempts to determine if this leads to abnormal development of social behavior in children. This knowledge would lead to strategies for prevention and intervention.

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