Professor of Epidemiology, Environmental Health and Neurology
University of California, Los Angeles School of Public Health and School of Medicine
Dr. Beate Ritz, M.D., Ph.D., is Professor of Epidemiology, Environmental Health, and Neurology at the UCLA School of Public Health and School of Medicine. Dr. Ritz is currently the President of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE). For over a decade, she co-directed the NIEHS-funded Center for Gene-Environment (GxE) in Parkinson’s disease (PD) at UCLA targeting occupational and environmental toxins specifically pesticides in relation to Parkinson’s disease and collaborated with neuroscientists, human geneticists, and clinicians. She also directed the Southern CA PD registry pilot program. She was principle investigator of the Danish PASIDA study that collected nationwide PD data and DNA samples from 3,700 participants; she is also in charge of the long-running (19 years) Parkinson, Environment and Genes (PEG) studies. These studies collected data from 1,870 PD patients and population/household/sibling controls in California’s central valley including bio-samples (blood, serum, plasma, saliva, urine, fecal matter). Her lab is now analyzing the complex genetic, genomics, epigenetic, metabolomics, questionnaire and clinical phenotyping and progression data for PEG study participants.