Research Programs

The HERMOSA Study

The average woman in the U.S. uses about 12 personal care and cosmetic products daily. The average man uses about 6. Many of these products contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) including phthalates, parabens, and triclosan. These EDCs are of concern because of their potential links to cancer, infertility, and developmental harm to children. To investigate these […]

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Findings: CHAMACOS Health Outcomes

Organophosphate (OP) pesticides: Mothers’ exposure to organophosphate (OP) pesticides during pregnancy is associated with: Shorter duration of pregnancy. (Go to publication) Poorer neonatal reflexes. (Go to publication) Lower IQ and poorer cognitive functioning in children. (Go to publication 1, 2) Increased risk of attention problems in children. (Go to publication) Organochlorine (OC) compounds: DDT: Higher levels of […]

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Health Outcomes Studies

CHAMACOS is a longitudinal birth cohort study, meaning that we enrolled a group of children before they were born and are following them as they grow up to study their health and development. What the CHAMACOS Health Outcomes Study investigates: Initially, the CHAMACOS  Study focused on the health impacts of children’s exposure to pesticides.  In […]

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Epigenetics Study

This study is investigating how environmental exposures might change how the body interprets its genes. These changes, known as epigenetic effects, can in turn influence health. The study is being conducted among CHAMACOS Cohort participants. What are Epigenetic Effects? The Epigenetics Study Investigates: We aim to identify specific regions of the DNA sequence where epigenetic […]

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CHAMACOS Cohort Exposure Studies: Pregnant Women and their Children

As part of the CHAMACOS longitudinal birth cohort study, we are investigating the ways that pregnant women and children living in an agricultural community are exposed to environmental chemicals.  Our work includes assessing levels, and identifying sources and routes of exposure during the prenatal period and childhood. Currently the CHAMACOS Cohort Exposure Studies are focusing […]

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Findings from Exposure Studies

Click on the study name below to see findings, or scroll down the page. Studies in Farmworkers Field-Based Intervention Home-Based Intervention Occupational Behaviors Intervention Studies in Pregnant and Perinatal Women Maternal Organophosphate Pesticide Metabolites in Urine Organophosphate Pesticide Exposure Modeling Pilot Study of Persistent and Non-Persistent Pesticides and Other Chemicals in Breast Milk Persistent Organic […]

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The Children’s Organic Diet Study

The goal of the Organic Diet Study is to evaluate the contribution of pesticides on food to children’s overall pesticide exposure, and to determine whether this differs between urban and agricultural regions. What the study investigates: Whether children who eat only organic food have lower organophosphate (OP) pesticide metabolite levels in their urine. Whether children […]

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The HERMOSA Study

The average woman in the U.S. uses about 12 personal care and cosmetic products daily. The average man uses about 6. Many of these products contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) including phthalates, parabens, and triclosan. These EDCs are of concern because of their potential links to cancer, infertility, and developmental harm to children. To investigate these […]

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Integrated Pest Management: A Toolkit for Early Care and Education Programs

CERCH helped develop The Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Toolkit with The California Childcare Health Program at University of California San Francisco School of Nursing. The IPM Toolkit presents practical information about using integrated pest management to prevent and manage pest problems in early care and education programs. Download the complete IPM Toolkit for free! (Download) (See below for […]

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Chemicals in Children’s Markers

The Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health (CERCH) is studying the chemicals in markers used in California classrooms. As part of the project, we have asked California preschool to 2nd grade parents and teachers to complete a brief questionnaire about the markers children use in their homes and classrooms. We are also measuring chemicals […]

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