BU Professor Named to Prestigious Environmental Health Council
Boston, MA — David Ozonoff, chair of the Environmental Health Department at Boston University’s School of Public Health, has been elected to the Collegium Ramazzini, an international council limited to 180 elected fellows, including leading scientists and scholars who are advancing the study of occupational and environmental health issues around the world.
The Collegium assesses the potential for injury or disease from environment and workplace sources and transmits its views to policy-making bodies. It helps legislators and regulators better understand the public policy implications of scientific findings.
“Where good science is joined by prompt administrative action, effective disease control is possible,” writes Dr. Morando Soffritti, Secretary General of the Collegium, in a letter to Ozonoff. “By acting as a bridge between the world of scientific discovery and the social and political centers which must act on these discoveries, we plan to help resolve these conflicts.”
“This is a well-deserved honor for a scientist and activist who has always sought the truth and always spoken his mind,” says Robert Meenan, Dean of Boston University’s School of Public Health. “It clearly shows the esteem in which David Ozonoff is held by his colleagues around the world.”
The Collegium, formed in 1982, has representatives from more than 30 countries and is headquartered in the Castle of Bentivoglio near Bologna, Italy, once the summer residence of the Princes of Bologna. It is named for Bernardo Ramazzini, considered the father of occupational health, who penned On the Diseases of Workers in 1700 — the first comprehensive work on occupational diseases, outlining health hazards of irritating chemicals, dust, metals, and other abrasive agents encountered by workers in 52 occupations.
Ozonoff’s research work centers on health effects to communities of various kinds of toxic exposures. He has been lead investigator on numerous major studies of waste sites, including the Silresium Superfund site and a case-control cancer study on Otis Air Force Base. Recently, Ozonoff has been spearheading an effort to form an emergency preparedness collaborative network in the northeast to allocate more resources to prepare for future catastrophic events, natural or manmade.
In addition to Ozonoff, two other Boston University School of Public Health professors are also elected Fellows of the Collegium: Phillipe Grandjean and Roberta White, who teach in the Environmental Health Department. Founded in 1976, BU’s School of Public Health is committed to offering graduate education that meets the changing needs of working professionals and shaping a healthier and safer world through applied public health research.