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RESEARCH INTERESTS

bullet Descriptive epidemiology: rates, trends, demographics
bullet Birth defects surveillance
bullet Economic and public health impact of birth defects
bullet Medical anthropology, other novel approaches to discover causes
bullet Biologic testing of blood specimens for genetic, metabolic, nutritional, infectious, lifestyle, and chemical risk factors


RECENT PUBLICATIONS

bullet Jeliffe-Pawlowski LL, Shaw GM, Nelson V, Harris JA. Risk of mental retardation among children born with birth defects. Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine 2003; 157:545-50.
bullet Harris JA, Francannet C, Pradat P, Robert E. The epidemiology of cardiovascular defects, part 2: a study based on data from three large registries of congenital malformations. Pediatr ic Cardiology 2003; 24(3):222-235.
bullet Araneta MR, Schlangen KM, Edmonds LD, Destiche DA, Merz RD, Hobbs CA, Flood TJ, Harris JA, et al. Prevalence of birth defects among infants of Gulf War veterans in Arkansas, Arizona, California, Georgia, Hawaii, and Iowa, 1989-1993. Birth Defects Research Part A: Clinical Molecular Teratology 2003; 67(4):246-260.
bullet Pradat P, Francannet C, Harris JA, Robert E. The epidemiology of cardiovascular defects, part I: a study based on data from three large registries of congenital malformations. Pediatric Cardiology 2003; 24(3):195-221.
bullet Ritz B, Yu F, Fruin S, Chapa G, Shaw GM, Harris JA. Ambient air pollution and risk of birth defects in Southern California. Am J Epidemiol 2002; 155(1):17-25.
bullet Ritz B, Yu F, Fruin S, Chapa G, Shaw GM, Harris JA. Ambient air pollution and risk of birth defects in Southern California. American Journal of Epidemiology 2002 Jan 1; 155(1):17-25
bullet Harris JA, Robert E, Källén. Epidemiologic characteristics of kidney malformations. European Journal of Epidemiology 2000; 16(11):985-992
bullet Strick B, Shaw GM, Harris JA. An anthropological approach to inform epidemiologic research on birth defects. Teratology 1999; 60:109-111
bullet Kallen B, Robert E, Harris JA. Associated malformations in infants and fetuses with upper and lower neural tube defects. Teratology 1998; 57(2):56-63
bullet Harris JA, James L. State-by-state cost of birth defects1992. Teratology 1997; 56(1/2):11-16
bullet Robert E, Källén B, Harris JA. The epidemiology of diaphragmatic hernia. European Journal of Epidemiology 1997; 13:655-673
bullet Tolarova MM, Harris JA, Ordway DE, Vargervik K. Birth prevalence, mutation rate, sex ratio, parents' age, and ethnicity in Apert syndrome. American Journal of Medical Genetics 1997; 72:394-398
bullet Robert E, Harris JA, Robert O, Selvin S. Case-control study on maternal residential proximity to high voltage power lines and congenital malformations in France. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology 1996; 10:32-38
bullet Robert E, Källén B, Harris JA. The epidemiology of orofacial clefts. 1. Some general epidemiological characteristics. Journal of Craniofacial Genetics and Developmental Biology 1996; 16:234-241
bullet Robert E, Källén B, Harris JA. The epidemiology of orofacial clefts. 2. Associated malformations. Journal of Craniofacial Genetics and Developmental Biology 1996; 16:242-248

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Dr. John Harris testifies before the US Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Subcommittee on Public Health; March 2002.

EDUCATION

bullet Certification American Board of Pediatrics, 1982
bullet MD University of California, San Francisco, 1976
bullet MPH Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, 1975
bullet BA, Economics, Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Magna Cum Laude, 1971

APPOINTMENTS

bullet Associate Clinical Professor, University of California Davis School of Medicine, Department of Community and International Health
bullet Instructor, University of California Berkeley, School of Public Health


ACHIEVEMENTS, AWARDS, AND HONORS

bullet Co-founder of California Birth Defects Monitoring Program
bullet Program Chief since inception
bullet 1984, Merit Service Award, California Department of Health Services
bullet 45+ peer-reviewed publications


 

 

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