research

A Full House at WCAHS

November 28, 2017

Two vacant WCAHS administration positions were filled this fall with Fadi Fathallah, PhD, becoming the new WCAHS Associate Director and Christopher Simmons, PhD, becoming the new WCAHS Director of Research.

Both bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the field of agricultural health and safety, and we are thrilled to have them on the administrative team.

Respiratory Health

The Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety conducts research on respiratory health and dairy farms that aims to inform best practices and improve worker health. California's dairy industry is larger than that of any other state. It provides billions of dollars to the State's economy and is a major employer of agricultural labor. 

Respiratory Health and Dairies

Current Research Projects

Differential Characterization of Air Pollutant Emissions & Associated Toxicity from Common Agricultural Practices 

PIs: Kent Pinkerton, PhD and Keith Bein, PhD, UC Davis

This project aims to improve farmworker health with a focus on air quality. Air pollution (particulate matter emissions) from agricultural practices differs in physical and chemical composition, which determines its toxicity and resulting health effects.