Dr. Virginia Rauh, professor of population and family health at the Mailman School of Public Health, and deputy director of the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health, was named a 2015 Distinguished Lecturer at the Mind Institute, UC Davis. The Institute, which has ongoing research efforts in autism, ADHD, and Down Syndrome, honors internationally-recognized researchers in neurodevelopmental disorders. Dr. Rauh was selected for her work on the effects of prenatal exposure to chlorpyrifos in inner-city minority children.
Rauh has been working in the field of perinatal epidemiology since 1982. She has done extensive research on the impact of insecticides on child neurodevelopment and brain abnormalities, a randomized intervention trial for low birth-weight infants, and a study of the effects of ambient air pollutants on pregnant women and their children.She has served on numerous national committees, including the Scientific Advisory Board for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Institutes of Health study sections and expert panels for the EPA, National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Mental Health, and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Dr. Rauh presented a distinguished lecture, “Brain and Behavioral Effects of Early Exposures to Neurotoxicants”at the Mind Institute to specialists and community members on May 20.