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Jose Suarez

TitleAssistant Professor In Residence
InstitutionUniversity of California San Diego
DepartmentFamily Medicine and Public Health
Address9500 Gilman Drive #0725
La Jolla CA 92093
Phone858-822-0165
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    My main research interests involve understanding the role of environmental contaminants on brain development and metabolic alterations of children and adults.

    I have conducted several studies of agricultural populations. I am the principal investigator of the NIH funded Secondary Exposure to Pesticides among Children and Adolescents study (ESPINA – Estudio de la Exposicion Secundaria a Plaguicidas en Niños y Adolescentes). The ESPINA study is a longitudinal study established in 2008 aimed at understanding the associations of sub-clinical exposures to pesticides with short- and long-term alterations in the development of children living the agricultural county of Pedro Moncayo, Ecuador. Our work focuses on mental health, endocrine, respiratory and enzymatic changes associated with exposures to many classes of pesticides and persistent organic pollutants. Currently we are working on the 2016 follow-up examination.

    I am involved in community-based participatory processes in Ecuador in which we are collecting community health surveys and mental health screenings of large rural populations. In these activities, we are interested in answering questions that directly respond to the needs of the communities.

    I am also investigating within the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study the associations of persistent organic pollutants (i.e. organochlorine pesticides, PCBs, PBDEs, PBBs) and markers of oxidative stress with and alterations in glucose and lipid metabolism, and subclinical heart disease in middle age adults.

    I lead the NO-POPs trial which will test the effect of dietary interventions on enhancing the excretion of Persistent Organic Pollutants, such as PCBs, PBDE flame retardants and organochlorine pesticides among older adults in San Diego, CA.

    I have been selected as a JPB Environmental Health Fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health for the period of 2014-2017. This program, supported by the JPB Foundation, comprises select early-stage faculty across the country with the aim of promoting multidisciplinary research on the influence of social and physical environments on health, with a focus on disadvantaged communities.


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    The ESPINA Study Follow-up Examination in 2016: Environmental Pollutants and Child/Adolescent Development
    NIH/NIEHS R01ES025792Apr 1, 2016 - Mar 31, 2021
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Pesticides and Mental Health among Adolescents in Ecuadorian Agricultural Communities
    NIH/NIEHS R21ES026084Sep 1, 2015 - Aug 31, 2017
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Nuts and Olestra for Persistent Organic Pollutant Reduction (NO-POPs) Trial
    JPB Foundation - JPB Environmental Health Program Oct 1, 2014 - Feb 28, 2018
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Effects of Secondary Occupational Pesticide Exposure on Childhood Growth
    CDC/NIOSH R36OH009402Sep 30, 2007 - May 31, 2009
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Suarez-Lopez JR, Butcher CR, Gahagan S, Checkoway H, Alexander BH, Al-Delaimy WK. Acetylcholinesterase activity and time after a peak pesticide-use period among Ecuadorian children. Int Arch Occup Environ Health. 2018 02; 91(2):175-184. PMID: 29026987.
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    2. Suarez-Lopez JR, Checkoway H, Jacobs DR, Al-Delaimy WK, Gahagan S. Potential short-term neurobehavioral alterations in children associated with a peak pesticide spray season: The Mother's Day flower harvest in Ecuador. Neurotoxicology. 2017 May; 60:125-133. PMID: 28188819.
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    3. Suarez-Lopez JR, Lee DH, Porta M, Steffes MW, Jacobs DR. Persistent organic pollutants in young adults and changes in glucose related metabolism over a 23-year follow-up. Environ Res. 2015 Feb; 137:485-94. PMID: 25706918; PMCID: PMC4429782.
    4. Suarez-Lopez JR, Himes JH, Jacobs DR, Alexander BH, Gunnar MR. Acetylcholinesterase activity and neurodevelopment in boys and girls. Pediatrics. 2013 Dec; 132(6):e1649-58. PMID: 24249815; PMCID: PMC3838526.
    5. Suarez-Lopez JR, Jacobs DR, Himes JH, Alexander BH. Acetylcholinesterase activity, cohabitation with floricultural workers, and blood pressure in Ecuadorian children. Environ Health Perspect. 2013 May; 121(5):619-24. PMID: 23359481; PMCID: PMC3673186.
    6. Suarez-Lopez JR, Jacobs DR, Himes JH, Alexander BH, Lazovich D, Gunnar M. Lower acetylcholinesterase activity among children living with flower plantation workers. Environ Res. 2012 Apr; 114:53-9. PMID: 22405996; PMCID: PMC3319289.
    7. Gross MD, Bielinski SJ, Suarez-Lopez JR, Reiner AP, Bailey K, Thyagarajan B, Carr JJ, Duprez DA, Jacobs DR. Circulating soluble intercellular adhesion molecule 1 and subclinical atherosclerosis: the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults Study. Clin Chem. 2012 Feb; 58(2):411-20. PMID: 22179741.
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    8. Zhu N, Suarez-Lopez JR, Sidney S, Sternfeld B, Schreiner PJ, Carnethon MR, Lewis CE, Crow RS, Bouchard C, Haskell WL, Jacobs DR. Longitudinal examination of age-predicted symptom-limited exercise maximum HR. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2010 Aug; 42(8):1519-27. PMID: 20639723; PMCID: PMC2891874.