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A Message from the Chair

Hoda Anton-Culver, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Epidemiology
Hoda Anton-Culver, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Epidemiology

The faculty of the Department of Epidemiology and the Genetic Epidemiology Research Institute, focus on the integration of academic research, life quality, education, and community efforts to search for genetic, lifestyle and environmental factors that lead to a wide array of human diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic lung disease, asthma, diabetes, obesity and many other health conditions. Many of these largely preventable chronic diseases are expected to reach epidemic proportions during the next few decades, locally, nationally, and globally.

Since our beginnings, we have been leaders in the fight against breast cancer and in our efforts to identify and quantify pollutant levels in the air we breathe that then cause a number of serious health concerns, especially related to our heart and lungs.  Recognized for our trailblazing efforts, we serve as a hub for cancer surveillance and cancer registries here in Southern California and around the globe.

After only four short but remarkable decades, our faculty are internationally recognized for their efforts to improve lives through advanced research and discovery.  We continue to foster this excellence in scholarship and teaching, as well as engaging and enriching the community we live in. As part of a major research university, we are privileged to combine the strengths of our faculty, that of our distinguished School of Medicine colleagues, and the outstanding  people and bounty in this incomparable Orange County location.

It is our  mission to continue our important work together to rapidly advance epidemiological discovery, promote healthier living and prevent chronic diseases that tragically affect our lives and the lives of those we care most about. I encourage you to join us by taking advantage of all our department has to offer.

Warmest Regards,

Hoda Anton-Culver, PhD
Professor & Chair, Department of Epidemiology
Director, Genetic Epidemiology Research Institute