Dr. Beate Ritz's primary research interests are the effects of occupational and environmental toxins such as pesticides, ionizing radiation and air pollution on chronic diseases, including neurodegenerative disorders (Parkinson's disease), cancers and adverse birth outcomes.
Park AS, Ritz B, Ling C, Cockburn M, Heck JE. Exposure to ambient dichloromethane in pregnancy and infancy from industrial sources and childhood cancers in California. Int J Hyg Environ Health. 2017 Jun 24. pii: S1438-4639(17)30097-4. doi: 10.1016/j.ijheh.2017.06.006. [Epub ahead of print]
Xu X, Ritz B, Cockburn M, Lombardi C, Heck JE. Maternal Preeclampsia and Odds of Childhood Cancers in Offspring: A California Statewide Case-Control Study. Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol. 2017 Mar;31(2):157-164. doi: 10.1111/ppe.12338. Epub 2017 Jan 26.
Omidakhsh N, Ganguly A, Bunin GR, von Ehrenstein OS, Ritz B, Heck JE. Residential Pesticide Exposures in Pregnancy and the Risk of Sporadic Retinoblastoma: A Report From the Children's Oncology Group. Am J Ophthalmol. 2017 Apr;176:166-173. doi: 10.1016/j.ajo.2017.01.016. Epub 2017 Jan 26.
Contreras ZA, Ritz B, Virk J, Cockburn M, Heck JE. Maternal pre-pregnancy and gestational diabetes, obesity, gestational weight gain, and risk of cancer in young children: a population-based study in California. Cancer Causes Control. 2016 Oct;27(10):1273-85. doi: 10.1007/s10552-016-0807-5. Epub 2016 Sep 9.
Heck JE, Contreras ZA, Park AS, Davidson TB, Cockburn M, Ritz B. Smoking in pregnancy and risk of cancer among young children: A population-based study. Int J Cancer. 2016 Aug 1;139(3):613-6. doi: 10.1002/ijc.30111. Epub 2016 Apr 15.