Current Research and Scholarly Interests
Primary research interests are centered in three areas:
(1) Epidemiology of neurodegenerative disorders, including Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and multiple sclerosis. Of particular interest are certain gene polymorphisms and environmental toxicants as they contribute to the risk of these disorders.
(2) Genetic epidemiology and epidemiologic methods including techniques quantifying gene-environment interaction.
(3) Epidemiology of autoimmune disorders, including multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus erythematosus. Of particular interest are HLA genotypes and hormonal factors as they contribute to the risk of these disorders.