A Full House at WCAHS

November 28, 2017

Two vacant WCAHS administration positions were filled this fall with Fadi Fathallah, PhD, becoming the new WCAHS Associate Director and Christopher Simmons, PhD, becoming the new WCAHS Director of Research.

Both bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the field of agricultural health and safety, and we are thrilled to have them on the administrative team.

Respiratory Health

The Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety conducts research on respiratory health and dairy farms that aims to inform best practices and improve worker health. California's dairy industry is larger than that of any other state. It provides billions of dollars to the State's economy and is a major employer of agricultural labor. 

Respiratory Health and Dairies

Current Research Projects

Differential Characterization of Air Pollutant Emissions & Associated Toxicity from Common Agricultural Practices 

PIs: Kent Pinkerton, PhD and Keith Bein, PhD, UC Davis

This project aims to improve farmworker health with a focus on air quality. Air pollution (particulate matter emissions) from agricultural practices differs in physical and chemical composition, which determines its toxicity and resulting health effects.

Small Grant Program

The 2017-2018 call for small grant proposals is currently closed and will reopen during the next cycle. 

The Small Grant Program provides small grants to graduate student and faculty researchers for research taking place across the region, including in Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada. The primary goal of the WCAHS Small Grant Program is to encourage the development of creative research and intervention projects while nurturing researchers - particularly junior researchers - interested in agricultural health and safety research.