Connecting Parkinson’s disease, pesticides, and genes

“Research by Beate Ritz, M.D., Ph.D., from the University of California at Los Angeles, untangles complex interactions between genetic variation, pesticide exposure, and Parkinson’s disease. Such gene-environment interaction is termed G x E.

In Nov. 13 talk for the NIEHS Keystone Science Lecture Seminar Series, the longtime grantee shared findings from the Parkinson’s, Environment, and Genes (PEG) study. The seminar was hosted by Kimberly Gray, Ph.D., from the Population Health Branch. Reviewing Ritz’s many roles and honors, Gray said, “She has been an important member of the NIH [National Institutes of Health] extended family.””

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