School of Public Health

Checkoway, Harvey

Harvey Checkoway

Affiliate Professor, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences
Affiliate Professor, Epidemiology


PhD Epidemiology, University of North Carolina, 1978
MPH Epidemiology, Yale University, 1975
BA Psychology, Boston University, 1971

Contact Info

University of California (San Diego)
Tel: 858-822-0159

Director, UW Superfund Basic Research Program Project



• Parkinsonism risk and progression among professional welders (PI, NIEHS)
• Endotoxin exposure and risk of parkinsonism (PI, NIEHS)
• Lifetime uvB exposure, Vitamin D, and multiple sclerosis (PI, National Multiple Sclerosis Society)
• Imaging biomarkers of neurotoxicity in welders (Co-I, NIEHS)
• Haptoglobin phenotype and smoking: effects on iron levels in Parkinson disease (Co-I, NINDS)

Research Interests

Occupational and environmental risk factors for non-infectious diseases, especially cancers, Parkinson disease, respiratory disorders


  1. Lundin JL, Checkoway H. Endotoxin and cancer. Environ Health Perspect 2009;117:1344-1350.

  2. Hofmann JN, Keifer MC, De Roos AJ, Fenske RA, Furlong CE, van Belle G, Checkoway H. Occupational determinants of serum cholinesterase inhibition among organophosphate-exposed agricultural pesticide handlers in Washington state. Occup Environ Med 2010;67:375-386.

  3. Firestone JA, Powers KM, Smith-Weller T, Franklin GM, Swanson PD, Longstreth WT Jr, Checkoway H. Occupational risk factors for Parkinson's disease: a population-based case-control study. Am J Ind Med 2010;53:217-223.

  4. Checkoway H, Ray R, Lundin J, et al. Lung cancer and exposures other than cotton dust and endotoxin among women textile workers in Shanghai, China. Occup Environ Med 2011;68:425-429.

  5. Nielsen SS, Gallahger LG, Lundin JL, Longstreth WT, Powers KM, Smith-Weller T, Franklin GM, Swanson PD, Checkoway H. Environmental tobacco smoke and Parkinson disease. Mov Disord, 2012;27:293-297 .

*full bibliography available in CV

In The News

Eating Peppers May Lower Risk of Parkinson's
Annals of Neurology, 05/09/2013