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Julia E. Heck, Ph.D.
Julia E. Heck, Ph.D.


Assistant Researcher, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology
Member, JCCC Healthy and At-Risk Populations Program Area

Contact Information:

(310) 422-3989

Scientific Interest(s):

Dr. Julia Heck's primary research interest is the epidemiology of pediatric cancers. The main focus of her research is to identify environmental, occupational, behavioral and molecular factors which influence the risk of cancer. Current projects include NIH-funded studies of traffic-related air pollution, air toxics and pesticide exposures in relation to childhood cancer development.

Heck has a strong interest in global cancer control and has worked on studies of cancer risk among populations in Europe, South Asia and South America. She is principal investigator of a NIH-funded study of Danish children that is examining the cancer risk from parental occupational exposure to chemical and other agents.

Selected Cancer-Related Publications:

Heck JE, Lombardi CA, Meyers TJ, Cockburn M, Wilhelm M, Ritz B. Perinatal characteristics and retinoblastoma. Cancer Causes Control. 2012 Sep;23(9):1567-75. Epub 2012 Jul 29.

Heck JE, Berthiller J, Vaccarella S, Winn DM, Smith EM, Shan'gina O, Schwartz SM, Purdue MP, Pilarska A, Eluf-Neto J, Menezes A, McClean MD, Matos E, Koifman S, Kelsey KT, Herrero R, Hayes RB, Franceschi S, Wunsch-Filho V, Fernandez L, Daudt AW, Curado MP, Chen C, Castellsague X, Ferro G, Brennan P, Boffetta P, Hashibe M. Sexual behaviours and the risk of head and neck cancers: a pooled analysis in the International Head and Neck Cancer Epidemiology (INHANCE) consortium. Int J Epidemiol. 2010 Feb;39(1):166-81. Epub 2009 Dec 18.

Heck JE, Charbotel B, Moore LE, Karami S, Zaridze DG, Matveev V, Janout V, Kollarova H, Foretova L, Bencko V, Szeszenia-Dabrowska N, Lissowska J, Mates D, Ferro G, Chow WH, Rothman N, Stewart P, Brennan P, Boffetta P. Occupation and renal cell cancer in Central and Eastern Europe. Occup Environ Med. 2010 Jan;67(1):47-53. Epub 2009 Sep 7.

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.

Heck JE, Andrew AS, Onega T, Rigas JR, Jackson BP, Karagas MR, Duell EJ. Lung cancer in a U.S. population with low to moderate arsenic exposure. Environ Health Perspect. 2009 Nov;117(11):1718-23. Epub 2009 Jul 2.