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  • Dr. José R. Suárez has been appointed by Governor Brown to serve on Biomonitoring California's Scientific Guidance Panel (SGP).  He will be formally sworn in at the upcoming SGP meeting on November 9, 2017 in Richmond, CA.

    Dr. Suárez's research involves understanding the impacts of pesticides and persistent organic pollutants on brain development, metabolic alterations, and other health markers in children and adults, with a focus on disadvantaged communities. He also investigates ways to reduce chemical exposures, including testing methods to increase excretion of persistent pollutants.

  • UC San Diego Professor of Global Health Michael Pratt, MDMSPE MPH FACSM FACPM was honored by the American College of Sports Medicine on June 2, 2017 at it’s 64th annual meeting in Denver, Colorado. Professor Pratt was one of six distinguished sports medicine researchers and practitioners honored this year. The Citation Award of the American College of Sports Medicine is granted to an individual or group who has made significant and important contributions to sports medicine and/or the exercise sciences. Dr. Pratt was nominated on the basis a distinguished 30-year career contributing to physical activity and exercise science at the national and international levels. He worked for 28 years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he was the first chief of the Physical Activity and Health Branch. Dr Pratt is a Fellow of ACSM and the American College of Preventive Medicine, and is newly elected to the Board of Trustees of ACSM. He was a driving force behind the Senior Editorial management group of the Lancet Physical Activity series in both 2012 and 2016. Dr. Pratt has contributed extensively to the physical-activity related scientific literature, publishing nearly 200 peer-reviewed scientific publications, of which seven have been cited more than 1000 times and 32 have been cited more than 100 times, indicating their impactful nature. He has helped build the case for physical activity and public health in the US and around the world, arguing tirelessly as an advocate for its importance in chronic disease prevention and in relation to other health outcomes.

  • The division is delighted to announce the recruitment of Dr. Michael Pratt MD, MSPE, MPH to be a primary faculty member in the division and provide expertise in physical activity and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) policy at the global level. He has been a career scientist at the CDC and initiated several global initiatives relevant to NCDs and physical activity. He will also be serving as the Director of the UCSD Institute for Public Health when he joins the campus on September. He is a native of California with both he and his parents being graduates of the UC system.

  • Dr. Wael Al-Delaimy, Professor and Division Chief of Global Health in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health took on the leadership of the International Joint Policy Committee of Societies of Epidemiology (IJPCSE). He was nominated and elected last year as Chair-Elect and his two-year term started April 27, 2016. IJPCSE is a Non-profit organization of a consortium of 20 Societies and Associations of Epidemiology from around the world across six continents ( Since its establishment in 2006, IJPCSE has focused on addressing policy issues that relate to the practice of epidemiologic research, find appropriate venues for the translation of current epidemiologic findings into policy, promote the professional interests of the discipline of epidemiology in governmental organizations, and identify the strategies and processes for shared decision-making among member organizations to develop rational, effective, and cost-conscious policies that serve the public interest.

  • Dr. Jose Ricardo Suarez, Suárez received the First Annual Carmel Prize for Research Excellence awarded by the Western Societies of Medicine on January 29, 2016, in Carmel by the Sea, CA during the Western Regional Meeting. Dr. Suárez was awarded this prize for his work in Environmental Health which include the NIOSH and NIH-funded ESPINA study of child development in relation to pesticide exposures, community-based participatory research in agricultural communities regarding socio-economic and cultural determinants of health (including mental health) and healthcare barriers, the CARDIA study of persistent organic pollutants in relation to metabolic alterations in adults, and the on-going NO-POPs clinical trial, aimed at testing the effect of dietary interventions on enhancing the excretion of Persistent Organic Pollutants, such as PCBs, PBDE flame retardants and organochlorine pesticides among older adults in San Diego, CA.

    Dr. Suarez is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Global Health, in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at UC San Diego since 2013, and was named fellow of the JPB Environmental Health Program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, supported by the JPB Foundation, for the period 2014-2017.

    The Western Societies of Medicine comprises the Western Association of Physicians, Western Society for Clinical Investigation, Western Society for Pediatric Research, Western Section for American Federation for Medical Research, and Western Student and Resident Medical Research Forum.

  • Dr. Jose Suarez-Lopez recruited from the University of Minnesota Read more....

  • Dr. Kimberly Brouwer formally joined the division of global health as an adjunct faculty in July 1, 2013