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.
Selected Cancer-Related Publications:
Rugbjerg K, Friis S, Lassen CF, Ritz B, Olsen JH. Malignant melanoma, breast cancer and other cancers in patients with Parkinson's disease. Int J Cancer. 2012 Oct 15;131(8):1904-11. doi: 10.1002/ijc.27443. Epub 2012 Mar 22.
Heck JE, Lombardi CA, Cockburn M, Meyers TJ, Wilhelm M, Ritz B. Epidemiology of rhabdoid tumors of early childhood. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2013 Jan;60(1):77-81. doi: 10.1002/pbc.24141. Epub 2012 Mar 20.
Cockburn M, Mills P, Zhang X, Zadnick J, Goldberg D, Ritz B. Prostate cancer and ambient pesticide exposure in agriculturally intensive areas in California. Am J Epidemiol. 2011 Jun 1;173(11):1280-8. Epub 2011 Mar 28.
Heck JE, Ritz B, Hung RJ, Hashibe M, Boffetta P. The epidemiology of neuroblastoma: a review. Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol. 2009 Mar;23(2):125-43.
Ritz B, Rull RP. Assessment of environmental exposures from agricultural pesticides in childhood leukaemia studies: challenges and opportunities. Radiat Prot Dosimetry. 2008;132(2):148-55. Epub 2008 Oct 16.