Current areas of research include:

Development of worsened impairment, disability, and deficits in quality of life with COPD

The role of physical inactivity in increasing disability among older adults with obstructive airway disease.
Katz P, Chen H, Omachi TA, Gregorich SE, Julian L, Cisternas M, Balmes J, Blanc PD.
J Cardiopulm Rehabil Prev. 2011;31(3):193-7.

Disability in valued life activities among individuals with COPD and other respiratory conditions.
Katz PP, Gregorich S, Eisner M, Julian L, Chen H, Yelin E, Blanc PD.
J Cardiopulm Rehabil Prev. 2010;30(2):126-36.

Lower health literacy is associated with poorer health status and outcomes in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Omachi TA, Sarkar U, Yelin EH, Blanc PD, Katz PP.
J Gen Intern Med. 2013;28(1):74-81.

Obesity and functioning among individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Katz P, Iribarren C, Sanchez G, Blanc PD.
COPD (J Chronic Obst Pulm Dis) 2016;13:352-9.

Health outcomes over a range of asthma severity

Evaluating quality of life in patients with asthma and rhinitis: English adaptation of the rhinasthma questionnaire.
Chen H, Cisternas MG, Katz PP, Omachi TA, Trupin L, Yelin EH, Balmes JR, Blanc PD.
Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2011;106(2):110-118.e1.

Risk factors for death in adults with severe asthma.
Omachi TA, Iribarren C, Sarkar U, Tolstykh I, Yelin EH, Katz PP, Blanc PD, Eisner MD.
Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2008;101(2):130-6.

Fragrances and work-related asthma-California surveillance data, 1993-2012.
Weinberg JL, Flattery J, Harrison R.
J Asthma. 2017;54(10):1041-1050.


Impact of environmental exposures, including secondhand smoke exposure and air pollution, on patients with obstructive lung disease

Exposure to traffic: lung function and health status in adults with asthma.
Balmes JR, Earnest G, Katz PP, Yelin EH, Eisner MD, Chen H, Trupin L, Lurmann F, Blanc PD.
J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2009;123(3):626-31. Epub 2009 Jan 18.

Directly measured secondhand smoke exposure and COPD health outcomes.
Eisner MD, Balmes J, Yelin EH, Katz PP, Hammond SK, Benowitz N, Blanc PD.
BMC Pulm Med. 2006;6:12.

Mediators of the socioeconomic gradient in outcomes of adult asthma and rhinitis.
Trupin L, Katz PP, Balmes JR, Chen H, Yelin EH, Omachi T, Blanc PD.
Am J Public Health. 2013;103(2):e31-8.

Fungal chitin from asthma-associated home environments induces eosinophilic lung infiltration.
Van Dyken SJ, Garcia D, Porter P, Huang X, Quinlan PJ, Blanc PD, Corry DB, Locksley RM.
J Immunol. 2011;187(5):2261-7.

Annual average ambient particulate matter exposure estimates, measured home particulate matter, and hair nicotine are associated with respiratory outcomes in adults with asthma.
Balmes JR, Cisternas M, Quinlan PJ, Trupin L, Lurmann FW; Katz PP, Blanc PD.
Environ Res 2014;129: 1-10.

Outdoor air pollution and asthma.
Guarnieri M, Balmes JR.
Lancet. 2014 May 3;383(9928):1581-92

Climate change. A global threat to cardiopulmonary health.
Rice MB, Thurston GD, Balmes JR, Pinkerton KE.
Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2014;189:512-9

Healthcare costs of lung disease

A comprehensive study of the direct and indirect costs of adult asthma.
Cisternas MG, Blanc PD, Yen IH, Katz PP, Earnest G, Eisner MD, Shiboski S, Yelin EH.
J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2003;111(6):1212-8.

Risk adjustment for health care financing in chronic disease: What are we missing by failing to account for disease severity?
Omachi TA, Gregorich SE, Eisner MD, Penaloza RA, Tolstykh IV, Yelin EH, Iribarren C, Dudley RA, Blanc PD.
Medical Care 2013;51:740-7.

Effect of occupational exposures on health outcomes

American Thoracic Society Statement: Occupational contribution to the burden of airway disease.
Balmes J, Becklake M, Blanc P, Henneberger P, Kreiss K, Mapp C, Milton D, Schwartz D, Toren K, Viegi G; Environmental and Occupational Health Assembly, American Thoracic Society.
Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2003;167(5):787-97.

Further exploration of the links between occupational exposure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Blanc PD, Eisner MD, Earnest G, Trupin L, Balmes JR, Yelin EH, Gregorich SE, Katz PP.
J Occup Environ Med. 2009;51(7):804-10.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease among residents of an historically industrialised area.
Darby AC, Waterhouse JC, Stevens V, Billings CG, Billings CG, Burton CM, Young C, Wight J, Blanc PD, Fishwick D.
Thorax. 2012 Oct;67(10):901-7.

COPD causation and workplace exposures: an assessment of agreement among expert clinical raters.
Fishwick D, Darby A, Hnizdo E, Barber C, Sumner J, Barraclough R, Bolton C, Burge S, Calverley P, Hopkinson N, Hoyle J, Lawson R, Niven R, Pickering T, Prowse K, Reid P, Warburton C, Blanc PD.
COPD (J Chronic Obst Pulm Dis) 2013; 10: 172-179.

Gender differences in work-related asthma: surveillance data from California, Massachusetts, Michigan, and New Jersey, 1993-2008.
White GE, Seaman C, Filios MS, Mazurek JM, Flattery J, Harrison RJ, Reilly MJ, Rosenman KD, Lumia ME, Stephens AC, Pechter E, Fitzsimmons K, Davis LK.
J Asthma. 2014 Sep;51(7):691-702

Isocyanates and work-related asthma: Findings from California, Massachusetts, Michigan, and New Jersey, 1993-2008.
Lefkowitz D, Pechter E, Fitzsimmons K, Lumia M, Stephens AC, Davis L, Flattery J, Weinberg J, Harrison RJ, Reilly MJ, Filios MS, White GE, Rosenman KD.
Am J Ind Med. 2015 Nov;58(11):1138-49

Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Emergency Department Visits Associated With Wildfire Smoke Exposure in California in 2015.
Wettstein ZS, Hoshiko S, Fahimi J, Harrison RJ, Cascio WE, Rappold AG.
J Am Heart Assoc
. 2018;  Apr 11;7(8).

The occupational burden of nonmalignant respiratory diseases. An official American Thoracic Society and European Respiratory Society statement.
Blanc PD, Annesi-Maesano I, Balmes JR, Cummings KJ, Fishwick D, Miedinger D, Murgia N, Naidoo RN, Reynolds CJ, Sigsgaard T, Torén K, Vinnikov D, Redlich CA.
Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2019 199:1312-34.

Highlights from occupational safety and health continuing education needs assessment.
Scott JG, Shore E, Brown C, Harris C, Rosen MA.  
American Journal of Industrial Medicine.  2019; 62(10):901-907.

Impact of obstructive lung diseases on work disability

Development of disability in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: beyond lung function.
Eisner MD, Iribarren C, Blanc PD, Yelin EH, Ackerson L, Byl N, Omachi TA, Sidney S, Katz PP.
Thorax. 2011 Feb;66(2):108-14. Epub 2010 Nov 3.

An international prospective general population-based study of respiratory work disability.
Torén K, Zock JP, Kogevinas M, Plana E, Sunyer J, Radon K, Jarvis D, Kromhout H, d'Errico A, Payo F, Antó JM, Blanc PD.
Thorax. 2009 Apr;64(4):339-44. Epub 2009 Jan 21.

Predictors of respiratory sickness absence: an international population-based study.
Kim J-L, Blanc PD, Villani S, Oliveri M, Urrutia I, van Sprundel M, Storaas T, Le Moual N, Zock J-P, Torén K.
Am J Ind Med 2013; 56:541-49.

Biomarkers linked to adverse respiratory disease outcomes

Matrix metalloproteinase-9 predicts pulmonary status declines in α1-antitrypsin deficiency.
Omachi TA, Eisner MD, Rames A, Markovtsova L, Blanc PD.
Respir Res. 2011 Mar 23;12:35.

Chest wall shrapnel-induced beryllium-sensitization and associated pulmonary disease.
Fireman E, Bar Shai A, Lerman Y, Topilsky M, Blanc PD, Maier L, Li L, Chandra S, Abraham JM, Fomin I, Aviram G, Abraham JL.
Sarcoidosis Vasc Diffuse Lung Dis Sarcoidosis Vasc Diffuse Lung Dis 2012; 29: 147-150.

Adverse respiratory effects associated with cadmium exposure in small-scale jewellery workshops in India.
Moitra S, Blanc PD, Sahu S.
Thorax 2013; 68:565-70.

Thirdhand cigarette smoke in an experimental chamber: evidence of surface deposition of nicotine, nitrosamines and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and de novo formation of NNK.
Schick SF, Farraro KF, Perrino C, Sleiman M, van de Vossenberg G, Trinh MP, Hammond SK, Jenkins BM, Balmes J.
Tob Control. 2014;23(2):152-9.

Biomarkers of exposure to new and emerging tobacco delivery products.
Schick SF, Blount BC, Jacob P Rd, Saliba NA, Bernert JT, El Hellani A, Jatlow P, Pappas RS, Wang L, Foulds J, Ghosh A, Hecht SS, Gomez JC, Martin JR, Mesaros C, Srivastava S, St Helen G, Tarran R, Lorkiewicz PK, Blair IA, Kimmel HL, Doerschuk CM, Benowitz NL, Bhatnagar A.
Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol. 2017;313(3):L425-L452.

Use of cleaner-burning biomass stoves and airway macrophage black carbon in Malawian women.
Whitehouse AL, Miyashita L, Liu NM, Lesosky M, Flitz G, Ndamala C, Balmes JR, Gordon SB, Mortimer K, Grigg J.
Sci Total Environ. 2018; 635:405-411.

Novel or Emerging Exposure Scenarios

Five-year function observations and associations with a smoking ban among healthy miners at high altitude (4000 m).
Vinnikov D, Blanc PD, Brimkulov N, Redding-Jones R.
J Occup Environ Med 2013; 55:1422-5.

Fatalities due to dichloromethane in paint strippers: a continuing problem.
Macisaac J, Harrison R, Krishnaswami J, McNary J, Suchard J, Boysen-Osborn M, Cierpich H, Styles L, Shusterman D.
Am J Ind Med. 2013 Aug;56(8):907-10

Airflow obstruction among street vendors refilling cigarette lighter with liquefied petroleum gas. Int J
Moitra S, Blanc PD, Brashier BB.
Int J Tuberc Lung Dis 2014; 18:1126-31

Healthcare worker exposures to the antibacterial agent triclosan.
MacIsaac JK, Gerona R, Blanc PD, Apatira L, Friesen M, Coppolino M, Janssen S.
J Occup Environ Med 2014; 56:834-39.

Effects of woodsmoke exposure on airway inflammation in rural Guatemalan women.
Guarnieri MJ, Diaz JV, Basu C, Diaz A, Pope D, Smith KR, Smith-Sivertsen T, Bruce N, Solomon C, McCracken J, Balmes JR.
PLoS One. 2014 Mar 13;9(3):e88455

Coccidioidomycosis among Workers Constructing Solar Power Farms, California, USA, 2011-2014.
Wilken JA, Sondermeyer G, Shusterman D, McNary J, Vugia DJ, McDowell A, Borenstein P, Gilliss D, Ancock B, Prudhomme J, Gold D, Windham GC, Lee L, Materna BL.
Emerg Infect Dis 2015; 21(11):1997-2005.

Lung transplantation for hypersensitivity pneumonitis.
Kern R, Singer J, Koth Laura, Mooney J, Golden J, Hays S, Greenland J, Wolters P, Ghio E, Jones K, Leard L, Kukreja J, Blanc P.
Chest 2015; 147:1558-1561.

Fungal contamination of the respiratory tract and associated respiratory impairment among saw-mill workers in India.
Adhikari A, Sahu S, Bandyopadhyay A, Blanc PD, Moitra S.
ERJ Open Research Oct 2015; 1(2)

Occupational HIV Transmission Among Male Adult Film Performers - Multiple States, 2014.
Wilken JA, Ried C, Rickett P, Arno JN, Mendez Y, Harrison RJ, Wohlfeiler D, Bauer HM, Joyce MP, Switzer WM, Heneine W, Shankar A, Mark KE
MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2016 Feb 12;65(5):110-4.

Sudden Deaths Among Oil and Gas Extraction Workers Resulting from Oxygen Deficiency and Inhalation of Hydrocarbon Gases and Vapors - United States, January 2010-March 2015.
Harrison RJ, Retzer K, Kosnett MJ, Hodgson M, Jordan T, Ridl S, Kiefer M.
MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2016 Jan 15;65(1):6-9.

Is smoking a predictor for acute mountain sickness? Findings from a meta-analysis.
Vinnikov D, Blanc PD, Steinmaus C.
Nicotine Tob Res; 2016, 18:1509-1516.

Dust exposure and coccidioidomycosis prevention among solar power farm Construction workers in California.
Sondermeyer Cooksey GL, Wilken JA, McNary J, Gilliss D, Shusterman D, Materna BL, Vugia DJ.
Am J Public Health. 2017;107(8):1296-1303.

Climate change and implications for prevention. California's efforts to provide leadership.
Balmes JR.
Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2018; 15(Supplement_2):S114-S117.

Cardiovascular and cerebrovascular emergency department visits associated with wildfire smoke exposure in California in 2015.
Wettstein ZS, Hoshiko S, Fahimi J, Harrison RJ, Cascio WE, Rappold AG.
J Am Heart Assoc. 2018 11;7(8).

Lead exposure in the special operations shooter: How to prevent cognitive decline and permanent disability.
Brandon JW, Solarczyk JK, Durrani TS.

J Spec Oper Med. 2018; 18:81-7

Measurement of heating coil temperature for e-cigarettes with a "top-coil" clearomizer.
Chen W, Wang P, Ito K, Fowles J, Shusterman D, Jaques PA, Kumagai K.
PLoS One. 2018; 13(4):e0195925.

Outcomes, quality of life, and disability in obstructive sleep apnea, in particular overlap with COPD

Obstructive sleep apnea: a risk factor for work disability.
Omachi TA, Claman DM, Blanc PD, Eisner MD.
Sleep. 2009 Jun;32(6):791-8.

Disturbed sleep among COPD patients is longitudinally associated with mortality and adverse COPD outcomes.
Omachi TA, Blanc PD, Claman DM, Chen H, Yelin EH, Julian L, Katz PP.
Sleep Med. 2012 May;13(5):476-83. Epub 2012 Mar 18.

Occupation and obstructive sleep apnea: a meta-analysis.
Schwartz DA, Vinnikov D, Blanc PD.
J Occup Environ Med. 2017;59(6):502-508

Respiratory and non-respiratory factors in quality of life changes following lung transplantation

Survival following lung transplantation for silicosis and other occupational lung diseases.
Singer JP, Chen H, Phelan T, Kukreja J, Golden JA, Blanc PD.
Occup Med (Lond). 2012 Mar;62(2):134-7. Epub 2011 Nov 9.

Development and validation of a lung transplant-specific disability questionnaire.
Singer JP Blanc PD, Dean M, Hays S, Leard L, Kukreja J, Golden J, Katz PP.
Thorax 2014; 69:445-50.

Frailty phenotypes, disability, and outcomes in adult candidates for lung transplantation.
Singer JP, Diamond JM, Gries CJ, McDonnough J, Blanc PD, et. al.
Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2015; 192: 1325-1334.

Effect of lung transplantation on health-related quality of life in the era of the Lung Allocation Score: a U.S. prospective cohort study.
Singer JP, Katz PP, Soong A, Shrestha P, Huang D, Ho J, Mindo M, Greenland JR, Hays SR, Golden J, Kukreja J, Kleinhenz ME, Shah RJ, Blanc PD.
Am J Transplant. 2017; 17(5):1334-1345.

Quality of life and patient perceived health status and medication effects in pulmonary hypertension

Comparison of cardiac and pulmonary-specific quality-of-life measures in pulmonary arterial hypertension.
Chen H, De Marco T, Kobashigawa EA, Katz PP, Chang VW, Blanc PD.
Eur Respir J. 2011 Sep;38(3):608-16. Epub 2011 Jan 27.

Effects of commercial air travel on patients with pulmonary hypertension air travel and pulmonary hypertension.
Roubinian N, Elliott CG, Barnett CF, Blanc PD, Chen J, De Marco T, Chen H.
Chest. 2012 Oct;142(4):885-92.

Occupational and environmental disorders of the upper airway

Nasal physiological reactivity of subjects with nonallergic rhinitis to cold air provocation: a pilot comparison of subgroups.
Shusterman DJ, Tilles SA.
Am J Rhinol Allergy. 2009 Sep-Oct;23(5):475-9.

Pilot evaluation of the nasal nitric oxide response to humming as an index of osteomeatal patency.
Shusterman DJ, Weaver EM, Goldberg AN, Schick SF, Wong HH, Balmes JR.
Am J Rhinol Allergy. 2012 Mar-Apr;26(2):123-6.

Occupational rhinitis and other work-related upper respiratory tract conditions.
Zhao YA, Shusterman D.
Clin Chest Med. 2012 Dec;33(4):637-47.

Thirty minute-exposure to aged cigarette smoke increases nasal congestion in nonsmokers.
Schick SF, van den Vossenberg G, Luo A, Whitlatch A, Jacob P 3rd, Balmes J, Shusterman D.
J Toxicol Environ Health A. 2013;76(10):601-13

Occupational irritant and allergic rhinitis.
Shusterman D.
Curr Allergy Asthma Rep 2014; 14:425.

The nasal nitric oxide response to external acoustic energy: A pilot study of sampling dynamics.
Shusterman D.
Sinusitis 2015; 1(1):13-23.

Nonallergic rhinitis: Environmental determinants.
Shusterman D.
Immunol All Clin NA 2016; 36(2):379-399.

Occupational rhinitis and occupational asthma: Association or progression?
Balogun RA, Siracusa A, Shusterman D.
Am J Ind Med. 2018;61(4):293-307.

Impact of rhinitis on work productivity: a systematic review.
Vandenplas O, Vinnikov D, Blanc PD, Agache I, Bachert C, Bewick M, Cardell LO, Cullinan P, Demoly P, Descatha A, Fonseca J, Haahtela T, Hellings PW, Jamart J, Jantunen J, Kalayci Ö, Price D, Samolinski B, Sastre J, Tian L, Valero AL, Zhang X, Bousquet J.
J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2018; 6(4):1274-1286.e9.

FMRI correlates of olfactory processing in typically-developing school-aged children.
Kleinhans NM, Reilly M, Blake M, Greco G, Sweigert J, Davis GE, Velasquez F,Reitz F, Shusterman D, Dager SR. 
Psychiatry Res Neuroimaging. 2019;283:67-76.

Nasal trigeminal perception of two representative microbial volatile organic compounds
(MVOCs): 1-Octen-3-ol and 3-octanol – a pilot study.
Shusterman D, Wang P, Kumagai K.  
Chem Percept 2018; 11:27–34.

Cognitive function and depression in obstructive lung disease

Onset of depressive symptoms among adults with asthma: results from a longitudinal observational cohort.
Katz PP, Morris A, Julian L, Omachi T, Yelin EH, Eisner MD, Blanc PD.
Prim Care Respir J. 2010 Sep;19(3):223-30.

COPD and cognitive impairment: the role of hypoxemia and oxygen therapy.
Thakur N, Blanc PD, Julian LJ, Yelin EH, Katz PP, Sidney S, Iribarren C, Eisner MD.
Int J Chron Obstruct Pulmon Dis. 2010 Sep 7;5:263-9.

The role of social support in anxiety for persons with COPD.
DiNicola G, Julian L, Gregorich SE, Blanc PD, Katz PP.
J Psychosom Res 2013; 74:110-5.

Work-related factors in upper and lower limb disorders

1st place, PREMUS best paper competition: workplace and individual factors in wrist tendinosis among blue-collar workers--the San Francisco study.
Harris C, Eisen EA, Goldberg R, Krause N, Rempel D.
Scand J Work Environ Health. 2011 Mar;37(2):85-98.

Effort-reward imbalance and one-year change in neck-shoulder and upper extremity pain among call center computer operators.
Krause N, Burgel B, Rempel D.
Scand J Work Environ Health. 2010 Jan;36(1):42-53.

Follow-up of neck and shoulder pain among sewing machine operators: The Los Angeles garment study.
Wang PC, Harrison RJ, Yu F, Rempel DM, Ritz BR.
Am J Ind Med. 2010 Apr;53(4):352-60.

Meta-analysis: association between wrist posture and carpal tunnel syndrome among workers.
You D, Smith AH, Rempel D.
Saf Health Work. 2014 Mar;5(1):27-31

Personal and workplace psychosocial risk factors for carpal tunnel syndrome: a pooled study cohort.
Harris-Adamson C, Eisen EA, Dale AM, Evanoff B, Hegmann KT, Thiese M, Kapellusch J, Garg A, Burt S, Bao S, Silverstein B, Gerr F, Merlino L, and Rempel D.
Occup Environ Med. 2013;70(8):529-37.

The impact of posture on wrist tendinosis among blue-collar workers − the San Francisco study.
Harris-Adamson C, Eisen EA, Goldberg R, You D, and Rempel D.
Human Factors. 2014;56(1):143-150.

Personal and workplace factors and median nerve function in a pooled study of 2396 US workers.
Rempel D, Gerr F, Harris-Adamson C, Hegmann KT, Thiese MS, Eisen EA, Kapellusch J, Garg A, Burt S, Bao S, Silverstein B, Merlino L, Dale AM, Evanoff B.
J Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2015;57(1):98-104.

Biomechanical risk factors for carpal tunnel syndrome: a pooled study of 2474 workers.
Harris-Adamson C, Eisen EA, Kapellusch J, Garg A, Hegmann KT, Thiese MS, Dale AM, Evanoff B, Burt S, Bao S, Silverstein B, Merlino L, Gerr F, Rempel D.
Occup Environ Med2015;72(1):33-41.

Lateral epicondylitis: New evidence for work relatedness.
Descatha A, Dale AM, Silverstein BA, Roquelaure Y, Rempel D.
Joint Bone Spine 2015; 82(1):5-7.

Effectiveness of workplace interventions in the prevention of upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders and symptoms: an update of the evidence.
Van Eerd D, Munhall C, Irvin E, Rempel D, Brewer S, van der Beek AJ, Dennerlein JT, Tullar J, Skivington K, Pinion C, Amick B.
Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2016; 73(1):62-70

Biomechanical and psychosocial exposures are independent risk factors for carpal tunnel syndrome: assessment of confounding using causal diagrams.
Harris-Adamson C, Eisen EA, Neophytou A, Kapellusch J, Garg A, Hegmann KT, Thiese MS, Dale AM, Evanoff B, Bao S, Silverstein B, Gerr F, Burt S, Rempel D.
Occup Environ Med. 2016;73(11):727-734.

A new test bench system for hammer drills: validation for handle vibration.
Rempel D, Barr A, Antonucci A.
Int J Ind Ergon. 2017; 62:17-20.

Incident CTS in a large pooled cohort study: associations obtained by a Job Exposure Matrix versus associations obtained from observed exposures.
Dale AM, Ekenga CC, Buckner-Petty S, Merlino L, Thiese MS, Bao S, Meyers AR, Harris-Adamson C, Kapellusch J, Eisen EA, Gerr F, Hegmann KT, Silverstein B, Garg A, Rempel D, Zeringue A, Evanoff BA.
Occup Environ Med
. 2018;75(7):501-506.

Shoulder injury related to vaccine administration (SIRVA): An occupational case report.
Shahbaz M, Blanc PD, Domeracki SJ, Guntur S.
Workplace Health Saf. 2019;67:501-50

Off the courts: Occupational “tennis leg”.
Domeracki SJ, Landman Z, Blanc PD, Guntur S.
Workplace Health Safety. 2019 Jan;67(1):5-8 

Modeling the Effect of the 2018 Revised ACGIH Hand Activity Threshold Limit Value (TLV) at Reducing Risk for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Yung M, Dale AM, Kapellusch J, Bao S, Harris C, Meyers A, Hegmann KT, Rempel Dm, Evanoff B, 2001-2010.
Journal of Occupational & Environmental Hygiene. 2019;16(9): 628-633.



Engineering interventions for preventing occupational musculoskeletal disorders

The effects of periodontal curette handle weight and diameter on arm pain: a four-month randomized controlled trial.
Rempel D, Lee DL, Dawson K, Loomer P.
J Am Dent Assoc. 2012;143(10):1105-13.

Field evaluation of a modified intervention for overhead drilling.
Rempel D, Star D, Barr A, Blanco MM, Janowitz I.
J Occup Environ Hyg. 2010;7(4):194-202.

A randomized controlled trial evaluating the effects of new task chairs on shoulder and neck pain among sewing machine operators: the Los Angeles garment study.
Rempel DM, Wang PC, Janowitz I, Harrison RJ, Yu F, Ritz BR.
Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2007 Apr 20;32(9):931-8.

Holding a tablet computer with one hand: effect of tablet design features on biomechanics and subjective usability among users with small hands.
Pereira A, Miller T, Huang YM, Odell D, Rempel D.
Ergonomics. 2013;56(9):1363-75

Effect of handle design on pallet jack operations.
Harris-Adamson C. and Lin J.
Ergonomics in Design: The quarterly of Human Factors Applications. 2013;21(2):15-21.

The design of gestures for human-computer interaction: Lessons from sign language interpreters.
Rempel D, Lee DL, Camilleri M
International Journal of Human-Computer Studies 2015; 72(10-11):728-735.

A user developed 3D hand gesture set for human-computer interaction.
Pereira A, Wachs JP, Park K, Rempel D.
Human Factors 2015; 57(4):607-621.

A universal rig for supporting large hammer drills: Reduced injury risk and improved productivity.
Rempel D, Barr A.
Safety Science 2015; 78:20-24.

In vivo flexor tendon forces generated during different rehabilitation exercises.
Edsfeldt S, Rempel D, Kursa K, Diao E, Lattanza L.
J Hand Surg (Europe) 2015; 40(7):705-10.

Mind the gap: The effect of keyboard key gap and pitch on typing speed, accuracy, and usability, Part 3.
Madison H, Pereira A, Korshoj, M, Taylor L, Barr A, Rempel D.
Human Factors 2015; 57(7):1188-1194.

Ergonomic evaluation of standard and alternative pallet jack handles.
Harris-Adamson C, Mielke A, Xu X, Lin J.
International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics. 2016; 54:113-119.

Measuring exertion time, duty cycle and hand activity level for industrial tasks using computer vision.
Akkas O, Lee CH, Hu YH, Harris Adamson C, Rempel D, Radwin RG.
Ergonomics. 2017 ;60(12):1730-1738.

Sit-stand workstations and impact on low back discomfort: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Agarwal S, Steinmaus C, Harris-Adamson C.
Ergonomics. 2018; 61(4):538-552.

Impact of California's safe patient handling legislation on musculoskeletal injury prevention among nurses.
Lee SJ, Lee JH, Harrison R.
Am J Ind Med
. 2019 Jan;62(1):50-58.

The Design of Hand Gestures for Selecting Virtual Objects
Lin J, Harris-Adamson C & Rempel D. 
International Journal of Human–Computer Interaction, 2019; 35(18): 1729-1735.

The ergonomic impact of a mattress lift tool and bottom sheet type on hotel room cleaners while making beds
Harris-Adamson C, Lam E, Tong AD, Hill S, Smith A.
Applied Ergonomics.  2019; 81: 102880.

Ergonomic evaluation of an alternative tool for cake decorating.
Harris-Adamson C, Chen B,  Janowitz I, Rempel D.    
International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics.  2017; 57:63-67.

Design of finger gestures for locomotion in virtual reality.
Huang R, Harris Adamson C, Odell D, Rempel D.  
Virtual Reality & Intelligent Hardware. 2019; 1(1): 1-9.

Ergonomic rubber tapping knife relieves symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome among rubber tappers
Pramchoo W, Geater AF, Harris Adamson C, Tantrakulwanich B.
International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics.  2018;68: 65–72.

Experimental evaluation of shoulder-support exoskeleton for overhead work: Influences of peak torque, amplitude, tasks and tool mass.
Van Engelhoven L, Poon N, Kazerooni H, Rempel D, Barr A, Harris-Adamson C. 
IISE Transactions on Occupational Ergonomics and Human Factors.2019; 1-14.

Potential of exoskeleton technologies to enhance safety, health, and performance in construction: industry perspectives and future research directions.
Kim, S., Moore, A., Srinivasan, D., Akanmu, A., Barr, A., Harris-Adamson, C., Rempel, D.M. and Nussbaum, M.A.
IISE Transactions on Occupational Ergonomics and Human Factors.  2019; 1-7.


Epidemiology of neurodegenerative diseases

Occupation and parkinsonism in three movement disorders clinics.
Goldman SM, Tanner CM, Olanow CW, Watts RL, Field RD, Langston JW.
Neurology. 65(9):1430-5, 2005.

Consensus statement: Parkinson’s disease and the environment.
Bronstein J, Carvey P, Chen H, Cory-Slechta D, DiMonte D, Duda J, English P, Goldman S, et. al.
Environmental Health Perspectives. 117(1):117-21, 2009.

Rotenone, paraquat and Parkinson’s disease.
Tanner CM, Kamel F, Ross GW, Hoppin JA, Goldman SM, et. al. Environmental Health Perspectives. 119:866-872, 2011.

Solvent Exposures and Parkinson Disease Risk in Twins.
Goldman SM, Quinlan PJ, Ross GW, Marras C, Meng C, Bhudhikanok GS, Comyns K, Korell M, Chade AR, Kasten M, Priestley B, Chou KL, Fernandez HH, Cambi F, Langston JW, Tanner CM.
Annals of Neurology, 71(6),776-784, 2012.

Genetic Modification of the Association of Paraquat and Parkinson’s Disease.
Goldman SM, Kamel F, Ross GW, et. al.
Movement Disorders. 27(13):1652-1658, 2012.

Environmental Toxins and Parkinson’s Disease.
Goldman SM.
Annual Review of Pharmacology and Toxicology. 54:141-64, 2014.

The disease intersection of susceptibility and exposure: Chemical exposures and neurodegenerative disease risk.
Tanner CM, Goldman SM, Ross GW, Grate SJ.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia. 2014 Jun;10(3S):S213-S225.

Protective glove use and hygiene habits modify the associations of specific pesticides with Parkinson’s disease.
Furlong M, Tanner CM, Goldman SM, et. al.
Environment International. 2014, Nov 21;75C:144-150.

Dietary fat intake, pesticide use, and Parkinson's disease.
Kamel F, Goldman SM, Umbach DM, Chen H, Richardson G, Barber MR, Meng C, Marras C, Korell M, Kasten M, Hoppin JA, Comyns K, Chade A, Blair A, Bhudhikanok GS, Webster Ross G, William Langston J, Sandler DP, Tanner CM.
Parkinsonism Relat Disord. 2014; 20(1):82-7.

Head injury, alpha-synuclein Rep1 and Parkinson's Disease: a meta-analytic view of gene-environment interaction.
Goldman SM, Umbach DM, Kamel F, Tanner CM.
Eur J Neurol, 2015;22(7):e75.

Heart rate variability in leucine-rich repeat kinase 2-associated Parkinson's disease.
Visanji NP, Bhudhikanok GS, Mestre TA, Ghate T, Udupa K, AlDakheel A, Connolly BS, Gasca-Salas C, Kern DS, Jain J, Slow EJ, Faust-Socher A, Kim S, Azhu Valappil R, Kausar F, Rogaeva E, William Langston J, Tanner CM, Schüle B, Lang AE, Goldman SM, Marras C.
Mov Disord. 2017;32(4):610-614.

The Microbiome in neurodegenerative disease.
Brown E, Tanner CM, Goldman SM.
Curr Geriatric Reports. 2018;7:81-91.

Excessive daytime sleepiness, objective napping and 11-year risk of Parkinson’s disease in older men.
Leng Y, Goldman SM, Cawthon PM, Stone KL, Ancoli-Israel S, Yaffe K.
Int J Epidemiol. 2018;47:1679-86.

Concordance for Parkinson’s disease in twins: a 20-year update.
Goldman SM, Marek K, Ottman R, Meng C, Comyns K, Chan P, Ma J, Marras C, Langston JW, Ross GW, Tanner CM.
Ann Neurol. 2019; 85:600–5.

Environment, lifestyle and Parkinson’s disease: Implications for prevention in the next decade.
Marras C, Canning CG, Goldman SM.
Mov Disord. 2019; 34:801-11.

Rotenone and Parkinson’s disease: reduced sensitivity in females.
Goldman SM, Tanner CM.
Toxicol Sci. 2019;170(2):562-563.

Outcomes in silicosis

Survival following lung transplantation for silicosis and other occupational lung diseases.
Singer JP, Chen H, Phelan T, Kukreja J, Golden JA, Blanc PD. Occup Med (Lond). 2012 Mar;62(2):134-7.

Artificial stone silicosis: Disease resurgence among artificial stone workers.
Kramer MR, Blanc PD, Fireman E, Amital A Guber A, Rhahman NA, Shitrit D. Chest 2012; 142:419-24

Outbreak of autoimmune disease in silicosis linked to artificial stone.
Shtraichman O, Blanc PD, Ollech JE, Fridel L, Fuks L, Fireman E, Kramer MR Occup Med (London) 2015;65:444-50.

“Acute” Silicosis in the 1930 Johannesburg International Silicosis Conference and in its aftermath: Controversies over a distinct entity later recognized as silicoproteinosis.
Blanc PD. Am J Ind Med 2015; 2015;58 (Suppl 1):39-47.

Prospective risk of rheumatologic disease associated with occupational exposure in a cohort of male construction workers.
Blanc PD, Järvholm B, Torén K. Am J Med 2015; 128:1094-1101.

EBUS-TBNA is sufficient for successful diagnosis of silicosis with mediastinal lymphadenopathy.
Shitrit D, Adir Y, Avriel A, King D, Epstein Shochet G, Guber A, Schnaer S, Kassirer M, Blanc PD, Abramovich A.
Lung. 2018; 196(4):441-445.

Severe silicosis in engineered stone fabrication workers - California, Colorado, Texas, and Washington, 2017-2019.
Rose C, Heinzerling A, Patel K, Sack C, Wolff J, Zell-Baran L, Weissman D, Hall E, Sooriash R, McCarthy RB, Bojes H, Korotzer B, Flattery J, Weinberg JL, Potocko J, Jones KD, Reeb-Whitaker CK, Reul NK, LaSee CR, Materna BL, Raghu G, Harrison R.

MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep
. 2019 Sep 27;68(38):813-818.

Contribution of occupational and environmental factors to COPD

Further exploration of the links between occupational exposure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Blanc PD, Eisner MD, Earnest G, Trupin L, Balmes JR, Yelin EH, Gregorich SE, Katz PP.
J Occup Environ Med. 2009;51(7):804-10.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease among residents of an historically industrialised area.
Darby AC, Waterhouse JC, Stevens V, Billings CG, Billings CG, Burton CM, Young C, Wight J, Blanc PD, Fishwick D.
Thorax. 2012;67(10):901-7.

Secondhand Tobacco Smoke and COPD Risk in Smokers: A COPDGene Study Cohort Subgroup Analysis.
Koeverden Iv, Blanc PD, Bowler RP, Arjomandi M. COPD. 2015; 2(2):182-9.

Investigation of hydrogen sulfide exposure and lung function, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in a geothermal area of New Zealand.
Bates MN, Crane J, Balmes JR, Garrett N.
PLoS One. 2015;10(3):e0122062.

High risks of lung disease associated with early-life and moderate lifetime arsenic exposure in northern Chile.
Steinmaus C, Ferreccio C, Acevedo J, Balmes JR, Liaw J, Troncoso P, Dauphiné DC, Nardone A, Smith AH.
Toxicol Appl Pharmacol. 2016;313:10-15.

Differential respiratory health effects from the 2008 northern California wildfires: A spatiotemporal approach.
Reid CE, Jerrett M, Tager IB, Petersen ML, Mann JK, Balmes JR.
Environ Res. 2016 Oct;150:227-35.

Diagnosing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease among Afghanistan and Iraq veterans: Veterans Affair's concordance with clinical guidelines for spirometry administration.
Schneiderman AI, Dougherty DD, Fonseca VP, Wolters CL, Bossarte RM, Arjomandi M.
Mil Med. 2017;182(9):e1993-e2000.

Physiological biomarkers of early obstructive lung disease

Exposure to household air pollution from wood combustion and association with respiratory symptoms and lung function in nonsmoking women: results from the RESPIRE trial, Guatemala.
Pope D, Diaz E, Smith-Sivertsen T, Lie RT, Bakke P, Balmes JR, Smith KR, Bruce NG.
Environ Health Perspect. 2015;123(4):285-92.

Cardiopulmonary health effects of exposure to ozone

Long-Term Ozone Exposure Increases the Risk of Developing the Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome.
Ware LB, Zhao Z, Koyama T, May AK, Matthay MA, Lurmann FW, Balmes JR, Calfee CS.
Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2016;193(10):1143-50.

The last Summer Olympics? Climate change, health, and work outdoors.
Smith KR, Woodward A, Lemke B, Otto M, Chang CJ, Mance AA, Balmes J, Kjellstrom T. Lancet. 2016;388(10045):642-4.

Effects of chronic and acute ozone exposure on lipid peroxidation and antioxidant capacity in healthy young adults.
Chen C, Arjomandi M, Balmes J, Tager I, Holland N.
Environ Health Perspect. 2007;115(12):1732-7.

Ozone inhalation leads to a dose-dependent increase of cytogenetic damage in human lymphocytes.
Holland N, Davé V, Venkat S, Wong H, Donde A, Balmes JR, Arjomandi M. Environ
Mol Mutagen. 2015; 56(4):378-87.

Exposure to medium and high ambient levels of ozone causes adverse systemic inflammatory and cardiac autonomic effects.
Arjomandi M, Wong H, Donde A, Frelinger J, Dalton S, Ching W, Power K, Balmes JR.
Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2015; 308(12):H1499-509.

Inflammatory and repair pathways induced in human bronchoalveolar lavage cells with ozone inhalation.
Leroy P, Tham A, Wong H, Tenney R, Chen C, Stiner R, Balmes JR, Paquet AC, Arjomandi M.
PLoS One. 2015;10(6):e0127283.

Modeling vascular inflammation and atherogenicity after inhalation of ambient levels of ozone: exploratory lessons from transcriptomics.
Tham A, Lullo D, Dalton S, Zeng S, van Koeverden I, Arjomandi M.
Inhal Toxicol. 2017;29(3):96-105.

Respiratory responses to ozone exposure. MOSES (The Multicenter Ozone Study in Older Subjects).
Arjomandi M, Balmes JR, Frampton MW, Bromberg P, Rich DQ, Stark P, Alexis NE, Costantini M, Hollenbeck-Pringle D, Dagincourt N, Hazucha MJ.
Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2018;197(10):1319-1327.

Childhood and reproductive environmental health

Children’s environmental health: Beyond national boundaries
Miller MD, Marty MA, Landrigan PJ.
Pediatric Clinics of North America. 2016;63(1):149-65.

Thyroid hormones and moderate exposure to perchlorate during pregnancy in women in Southern California.
Steinmaus C, Pearl M, Kharrazi M, Blount BC, Miller MD, Pearce EN, Valentin-Blasini L, DeLorenze G, Hoofnagle AN, Liaw J
Environ Health Perspect. 2016; 124(6):861-7.

Children’s cancer and environmental exposures: Professional attitudes and practices.
Zachek CM, Miller MD, Hsu C, Schiffman JD, Sallen S, Metayer C, Dahl GV.
J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2015;37(7):491-7.

Arsenic and rice: Translating research to address health care providers’ needs.
Lai PY, Cottingham KL, Steinmaus C, Karagas MR, Miller MD.
J Pediatr. 2015 Oct;167(4):797-803.

Toxic environmental chemicals: The role of reproductive health professionals in preventing harmful exposures
Sutton P, Woodruff TJ, Perron J, Stotland N, Conroy JA, Miller MD, Giudice LC.
Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2012;207(3):164-73.

Decreased lung function in 7-year-old children with early-life organophosphate exposure.
Raanan R, Balmes JR, Harley KG, Gunier RB, Magzamen S, Bradman A, Eskenazi B.
Thorax. 2016;71(2):148-53.

Early-life exposure to organophosphate pesticides and pediatric respiratory symptoms in the CHAMACOS cohort.
Raanan R, Harley KG, Balmes JR, Bradman A, Lipsett M, Eskenazi B.
Environ Health Perspect. 2015;123(2):179-85.

Genetic modification of the effect of maternal household air pollution exposure on birth weight in Guatemalan newborns.
Thompson LM, Yousefi P, Peñaloza R, Balmes J, Holland N.
Reprod Toxicol. 2014;50:19-26.

Children's environmental health: Beyond national boundaries.
Miller MD, Marty MA, Landrigan PJ.
Pediatr Clin North Am. 2016; 63(1):149-65.

Exposures to endocrine disrupting chemicals in consumer products -a guide for pediatricians.
Wong KH, Durrani TS.
Curr Probl Pediatr Adolesc Health Care. 2017; 47(5):107-118.

Maternal perchlorate exposure in pregnancy and altered birth outcomes.
Rubin R, Pearl M, Kharrazi M, Blount BC, Miller MD, Pearce EN, Valentin-Blasini L, DeLorenze G, Liaw J, Hoofnagle AN, Steinmaus C.
Environ Res. 2017;158:72-81.

Cooking behaviors are related to household particulate matter exposure in children with asthma in the urban East Bay Area of Northern California.
Holm SM, Balmes J, Gillette D, Hartin K, Seto E, Lindeman D, Polanco D, Fong E.
PLoS One. 2018;13(6):e0197199

Healthy air, healthy brains: Advancing air pollution policy to protect children's health.
Payne-Sturges DC, Marty MA, Perera F, Miller MD, Swanson M, Ellickson K, Cory-Slechta DA, Ritz B, Balmes J, Anderko L, Talbott EO, Gould R, Hertz-Picciotto I.
Am J Public Health. 2019 109:550-4

Opportunities and challenges for dietary arsenic intervention.
Nachman KE, Punshon T, Rardin L, Signes-Pastor AJ, Murray CJ, Jackson BP, Guerinot ML, Burke TA, Chen CY, Ahsan H, Argos M, Cottingham KL, Cubadda F, Ginsberg GL, Goodale BC, Kurzius-Spencer M, Meharg AA, Miller MD, Nigra AE, Pendergrast CB, Raab A, Reimer K, Scheckel KG, Schwerdtle T, Taylor VF, Tokar EJ, Warczak TM, Karagas MR.
Environ Health Perspect. 2018 126(8):84503

Do we know how best to disinfect child care sites in the United States? A review of available disinfectant efficacy data and health risks of the major disinfectant classes.
Holm SM, Leonard V, Durrani T, Miller MD. 
Am J Infect Control. 2019;47:82-91

Secondhand and Thirdhand Cigarette Smoke Exposure

Pulmonary function abnormalities in never-smoking flight attendants exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke in the aircraft cabin.
Arjomandi M, Haight T, Redberg R, Gold WM.
J Occup Environ Med. 2009;51(6):639-46.

Reduced exercise tolerance and pulmonary capillary recruitment with remote secondhand smoke exposure.
Arjomandi M, Haight T, Sadeghi N, Redberg R, Gold WM.
PLoS One. 2012;7(4):e34393.

Impairment of Endothelial Function by Little Cigar Secondhand Smoke.
Liu J, Wang X, Narayan S, Glantz SA, Schick SF, Springer ML.
Tob Regul Sci. 2016;2(1):56-63.

From the Cover: Thirdhand Cigarette Smoke Causes Stress-Induced Mitochondrial Hyperfusion and Alters the Transcriptional Profile of Stem Cells.
Bahl V, Johnson K, Phandthong R, Zahedi A, Schick SF, Talbot P.
Toxicol Sci. 2016;153(1):55-69.

Thirdhand smoke: new evidence, challenges, and future directions.
Jacob P 3rd, Benowitz NL, Destaillats H, Gundel L, Hang B, Martins-Green M, Matt GE, Quintana PJ, Samet JM, Schick SF, Talbot P, Aquilina NJ, Hovell MF, Mao JH, Whitehead TP.
Chem Res Toxicol. 2017;30(1):270-294

Lung volumes identify an at-risk group in persons with prolonged secondhand tobacco smoke exposure but without overt airflow obstruction.
Arjomandi M, Zeng S, Geerts J, Stiner RK, Bos B, van Koeverden I, Keene J, Elicker B, Blanc PD, Gold WM.
BMJ Open Respir Res. 2018; 5(1):e000284

Short-term early exposure to thirdhand cigarette smoke increases lung cancer incidence in mice.
Hang B, Wang Y, Huang Y, Wang P, Langley SA, Bi L, Sarker AH, Schick SF, Havel C, Jacob P 3rd, Benowitz N, Destaillats H, Tang X, Xia Y, Jen KY, Gundel LA, Mao JH, Snijders AM.
Clin Sci (Lond). 2018;132(4):475-488.

Exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke and respiratory symptoms in non-smoking adults: cross-sectional data from the general population of Telemark, Norway.
Fell AKM, Svendsen MV, Kim JL, Abrahamsen R, Henneberger PK, Torén K, Blanc PD, Kongerud J.
BMC Public Health. 2018 18:843.