Helene is an Epidemiologist with the California Department of Public Health, and Assistant Adjunct Professor of Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine, University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. She has established epidemiologic research programs in the area of environmental epidemiology, with a focus on long-term exposures and chronic diseases, with special emphasis on vulnerable populations, and children’s environmental health. Her current research is focused on the public health impacts of climate change and variability, including the clinical ramifications; pediatric asthma and lung function growth; and the pathophysiology and underlying mechanisms, including gene-environment interactions, of extrapulmonary effects of air pollution.
Helene's dissertation research examined the relationship between cardiopulmonary effects occurring in an elderly population and exposure to particulate air pollution, alone and in combination with other common outdoor air pollutants. Results from this study can be used by the U.S. EPA and other regulatory agencies in their evaluations of ambient air quality standards established to protect public health. These standards guide air pollution control strategies, therefore, they lead directly to the protection of environmental quality.
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California Dept. of Public Health
Environmental & Public Health
Sacramento, CA 95817