Keck School Faculty

Myles Gordon Cockburn, PhD
Myles Gordon Cockburn, PhD
Research Professor of Preventive Medicine (Part-Time)
Preventive Medicine
SSB 318A 2001 N. Soto Street Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
Myles Cockburn is Associate Professor in Preventive Medicine, focusing on cancer etiology and prevention. A native of New Zealand, he came to USC to study melanoma risk factors and to design methods for improved primary prevention and screening. His current research focuses on improving SunSmart attitudes and behaviors in school children throughout Los Angeles, developing skin self examination methods for effective skin cancer screening, and working with clinical dermatologists and oncologists to better understand the complex role of UV in melanogenesis. Incorporating his background in GIS and spatial sciences, he has worked extensively on elucidating the role of pesticide exposures in hormone-related cancers and Parkinson’s Disease with collaborators from UCLA and elsewhere in California. In his role in the Los Angeles Cancer Surveillance Program he is responsible for the development and dissemination of novel methods for improving cancer control, particularly in diverse and underserved populations. Dr. Cockburn mentors a number of PhD students who are trained in all aspects of epidemiologic investigation while participating in, and often taking a leading role in, his ongoing research studies. Dr. Cockburn is a member of the Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center, and USC’s Spatial Sciences Institute.

Higher vitamin D levels in Nigerian albinos compared with pigmented controls Int J Dermatol. 2019 Aug 16. . View in PubMed

A US. population-based study of insurance disparities in cancer survival among adolescents and young adults. Cancer Med. 2019 Jun 26. . View in PubMed

Associations of gestational diabetes mellitus with residential air pollution exposure in a large Southern California pregnancy cohort Environ Int. 2019 Jun 21; 130:104933. . View in PubMed

Birth Anomalies in Monozygotic and Dizygotic Twins: Results From the California Twin Registry J Epidemiol. 2019 Jan 05; 29(1):18-25. . View in PubMed

High Birth Weight, Early UV Exposure, and Melanoma Risk in Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults Epidemiology. 2019 03; 30(2):278-284. . View in PubMed

Organophosphate pesticide exposure and differential genome-wide DNA methylation Sci Total Environ. 2018 Dec 15; 645:1135-1143. . View in PubMed

A Reappraisal of Sex-Specific Cancer Survival Trends Among Adolescents and Young Adults in the United States J Natl Cancer Inst. 2018 Oct 15. . View in PubMed

Impact of individual and neighborhood factors on socioeconomic disparities in localized and advanced prostate cancer risk Cancer Causes Control. 2018 Oct; 29(10):951-966. . View in PubMed

Birth Anomalies in Monozygotic and Dizygotic Twins: Results From the California Twin Registry J Epidemiol. 2018 Sep 29. . View in PubMed

Impact of individual and neighborhood factors on socioeconomic disparities in localized and advanced prostate cancer risk Cancer Causes Control. 2018 Aug 22. . View in PubMed

Cost-efficient case-control cluster sampling designs for population-based epidemiological studies Spat Spatiotemporal Epidemiol. 2018 Aug; 26:95-105. . View in PubMed

Early estimates of cancer incidence for 2015: Expanding to include estimates for white and black races Cancer. 2018 May 15; 124(10):2192-2204. . View in PubMed

NFE2L2, PPARGC1a, and pesticides and Parkinson's disease risk and progression Mech Ageing Dev. 2018 Apr 06; 173:1-8. . View in PubMed

Impact of individual and neighborhood factors on disparities in prostate cancer survival Cancer Epidemiol. 2018 Apr; 53:1-11. . View in PubMed

Cost-efficient case-control cluster sampling designs for population-based epidemiological studies Spat Spatiotemporal Epidemiol. 2018 08; 26:95-105. . View in PubMed

NFE2L2, PPARGC1a, and pesticides and Parkinson's disease risk and progression Mech Ageing Dev. 2018 07; 173:1-8. . View in PubMed

Impact of individual and neighborhood factors on disparities in prostate cancer survival Cancer Epidemiol. 2018 04; 53:1-11. . View in PubMed

Cognitive decline, mortality, and organophosphorus exposure in aging Mexican Americans Environ Res. 2018 01; 160:132-139. . View in PubMed

Characterizing the neighborhood obesogenic environment in the Multiethnic Cohort: a multi-level infrastructure for cancer health disparities research Cancer Causes Control. 2018 01; 29(1):167-183. . View in PubMed

Characterizing the neighborhood obesogenic environment in the Multiethnic Cohort: a multi-level infrastructure for cancer health disparities research Cancer Causes Control. 2018 Jan; 29(1):167-183. . View in PubMed

Early estimates of SEER cancer incidence, 2014 Cancer. 2017 Jul 01; 123(13):2524-2534. . View in PubMed

Correlates of sun protection behaviors among Hispanic children residing in a high UVR environment Photodermatol Photoimmunol Photomed. 2017 Mar; 33(2):75-83. . View in PubMed

Mucosal melanomas in the racially diverse population of California J Am Acad Dermatol. 2017 Feb; 76(2):250-257. . View in PubMed

Evaluating the use of friend or family controls in epidemiologic case-control studies Cancer Epidemiol. 2017 Feb; 46:9-13. . View in PubMed

Organophosphate pesticides and PON1 L55M in Parkinson's disease progression Environ Int. 2017 10; 107:75-81. . View in PubMed

Exposure to ambient dichloromethane in pregnancy and infancy from industrial sources and childhood cancers in California Int J Hyg Environ Health. 2017 10; 220(7):1133-1140. . View in PubMed

Maternal Preeclampsia and Odds of Childhood Cancers in Offspring: A California Statewide Case-Control Study Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol. 2017 03; 31(2):157-164. . View in PubMed

Evaluating the use of friend or family controls in epidemiologic case-control studies Cancer Epidemiol. 2017 02; 46:9-13. . View in PubMed

Particulate matter air pollution and liver cancer survival Int J Cancer. 2017 08 15; 141(4):744-749. . View in PubMed

Interobserver reliability of teledermatology across all Fitzpatrick skin types J Telemed Telecare. 2017 Jan; 23(1):68-73. . View in PubMed

Low birth weight and air pollution in California: Which sources and components drive the risk? Environ Int. 2016 Jul-Aug; 92-93:471-7.. View in PubMed

Air pollution affects lung cancer survival Thorax. 2016 10; 71(10):891-8. . View in PubMed

Maternal pre-pregnancy and gestational diabetes, obesity, gestational weight gain, and risk of cancer in young children: a population-based study in California Cancer Causes Control. 2016 10; 27(10):1273-85. . View in PubMed

A Statewide Nested Case-Control Study of Preterm Birth and Air Pollution by Source and Composition: California, 2001-2008 Environ Health Perspect. 2016 09; 124(9):1479-86. . View in PubMed

Correlation of Insurance, Race, and Ethnicity with Pathologic Risk in a Controlled Retinoblastoma Cohort: A Children's Oncology Group Study Ophthalmology. 2016 08; 123(8):1817-1823. . View in PubMed

In Utero and Early-Life Exposure to Ambient Air Toxics and Childhood Brain Tumors: A Population-Based Case-Control Study in California, USA Environ Health Perspect. 2016 07; 124(7):1093-9. . View in PubMed

Organophosphate Pesticide Exposures, Nitric Oxide Synthase Gene Variants, and Gene-Pesticide Interactions in a Case-Control Study of Parkinson's Disease, California (USA) Environ Health Perspect. 2016 05; 124(5):570-7. . View in PubMed

Current Data on Risk Factor Estimates Does Not Explain the Difference in Rates of Melanoma between Hispanics and Non-Hispanic Whites J Skin Cancer. 2016; 2016:2105250. . View in PubMed

Childhood leukaemia and distance from power lines in California: a population-based case-control study Br J Cancer. 2016 06 28; 115(1):122-8. . View in PubMed

Patterns of sun protective behaviors among Hispanic children in a skin cancer prevention intervention Prev Med. 2015 Dec; 81:303-8. . View in PubMed

Genetic variability in ABCB1, occupational pesticide exposure, and Parkinson's disease Environ Res. 2015 Nov; 143(Pt A):98-106. . View in PubMed

Modeling spatial effects of PM(25) on term low birth weight in Los Angeles County. Environ Res. 2015 Oct; 142:354-64. . View in PubMed

Epidemiologic study of residential proximity to transmission lines and childhood cancer in California: description of design, epidemiologic methods and study population J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2015 Jan; 25(1):45-52. . View in PubMed

In utero exposure to toxic air pollutants and risk of childhood autism Epidemiology. 2014 Nov; 25(6):851-8. . View in PubMed

Exposure to infections and risk of leukemia in young children Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2014 Jul; 23(7):1195-203. . View in PubMed

Impact of neighborhood and individual socioeconomic status on survival after breast cancer varies by race/ethnicity: the Neighborhood and Breast Cancer Study Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2014 May; 23(5):793-811. . View in PubMed

Molecular characteristics of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma in human immunodeficiency virus-infected and -uninfected patients in the pre-highly active antiretroviral therapy and pre-rituximab era Leuk Lymphoma. 2014 Mar; 55(3):551-7. . View in PubMed

Aldehyde dehydrogenase variation enhances effect of pesticides associated with Parkinson disease Neurology. 2014 Feb 04; 82(5):419-26. . View in PubMed

Birth characteristics and risk of lymphoma in young children Cancer Epidemiol. 2014 Feb; 38(1):48-55. . View in PubMed

Epstein-Barr virus patterns in US Burkitt lymphoma tumors from the SEER residual tissue repository during 1979-2009 APMIS. 2014 Jan; 122(1):5-15. . View in PubMed

An exploratory study of ambient air toxics exposure in pregnancy and the risk of neuroblastoma in offspring Environ Res. 2013 Nov; 127:1-6. . View in PubMed

Childhood cancer and traffic-related air pollution exposure in pregnancy and early life Environ Health Perspect. 2013 Nov-Dec; 121(11-12):1385-91. . View in PubMed

Alterations of DNA methylome in human bladder cancer Epigenetics. 2013 Oct; 8(10):1013-22. . View in PubMed

Childhood infections and adult height in monozygotic twin pairs Am J Epidemiol. 2013 Aug 15; 178(4):551-8. . View in PubMed

Case-control study of birth characteristics and the risk of hepatoblastoma Cancer Epidemiol. 2013 Aug; 37(4):390-5. . View in PubMed

Birth weight and other perinatal factors and childhood CNS tumors: a case-control study in California Cancer Epidemiol. 2013 Aug; 37(4):402-9. . View in PubMed

Ambient air pollution and autism in Los Angeles county, California Environ Health Perspect. 2013 Mar; 121(3):380-6. . View in PubMed

Aldehyde dehydrogenase inhibition as a pathogenic mechanism in Parkinson disease Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Jan 08; 110(2):636-41. . View in PubMed

Epidemiology of rhabdoid tumors of early childhood Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2013 Jan; 60(1):77-81. . View in PubMed

Comorbidities and endometrial cancer survival in Hispanics and non-Hispanic whites Cancer Causes Control. 2013 Jan; 24(1):61-9. . View in PubMed

Birth weight and other perinatal characteristics and childhood leukemia in California Cancer Epidemiol. 2012 Dec; 36(6):e359-65. . View in PubMed

Evidence of genetic susceptibility to infectious mononucleosis: a twin study Epidemiol Infect. 2012 Nov; 140(11):2089-95. . View in PubMed

A simple intervention to reinforce awareness of tanning bed use and skin cancer in non-medical skin care professionals in Southern California Int J Dermatol. 2012 Nov; 51(11):1307-12. . View in PubMed

Assessing the influence of traffic-related air pollution on risk of term low birth weight on the basis of land-use-based regression models and measures of air toxics Am J Epidemiol. 2012 Jun 15; 175(12):1262-74. . View in PubMed

e-Health Tools for Targeting and Improving Melanoma Screening: A Review J Skin Cancer. 2012; 2012:437502. . View in PubMed

Breast cancer stage at diagnosis: is travel time important? J Community Health. 2011 Dec; 36(6):933-42.. View in PubMed

Melanoma surveillance in the United States: overview of methods J Am Acad Dermatol. 2011 Nov; 65(5 Suppl 1):S6-16. . View in PubMed

Association between cutaneous melanoma incidence rates among white US residents and county-level estimates of solar ultraviolet exposure J Am Acad Dermatol. 2011 Nov; 65(5 Suppl 1):S50-7. . View in PubMed

Challenges in identifying Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in population-based cancer registries in the US. J Immigr Minor Health. 2011 Oct; 13(5):860-6. . View in PubMed

Adulthood residential ultraviolet radiation, sun sensitivity, dietary vitamin D, and risk of lymphoid malignancies in the California Teachers Study Blood. 2011 Aug 11; 118(6):1591-9. . View in PubMed

Geographic proximity to treatment for early stage breast cancer and likelihood of mastectomy Breast. 2011 Aug; 20(4):324-8. . View in PubMed

Parkinson's disease risk from ambient exposure to pesticides Eur J Epidemiol. 2011 Jul; 26(7):547-55. . View in PubMed

Increases in melanoma among adolescent girls and young women in California: trends by socioeconomic status and UV radiation exposure Arch Dermatol. 2011 Jul; 147(7):783-9. . View in PubMed

Cutaneous melanoma and other skin cancer screening among Hispanics in the United States: a review of the evidence, disparities, and need for expanding the intervention and research agendas Arch Dermatol. 2011 Jun; 147(6):743-5. . View in PubMed

Interaction of area-level socioeconomic status and UV radiation on melanoma occurrence in California Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2010 Nov; 19(11):2727-33. . View in PubMed

Moderated mediation regarding the sun-safe behaviors of US. Latinos: advancing the theory and evidence for acculturation-focused research and interventions. J Immigr Minor Health. 2010 Oct; 12(5):691-8. . View in PubMed

Hidden breast cancer disparities in Asian women: disaggregating incidence rates by ethnicity and migrant status Am J Public Health. 2010 Apr 01; 100 Suppl 1:S125-31. . View in PubMed

Efficacy of skin self-examination for the early detection of melanoma Int J Dermatol. 2010 Feb; 49(2):126-34. . View in PubMed

a-Synuclein gene may interact with environmental factors in increasing risk of Parkinson's disease Neuroepidemiology. 2010; 35(3):191-5. . View in PubMed

Paraoxonase 1, agricultural organophosphate exposure, and Parkinson disease Epidemiology. 2010 Jan; 21(1):87-94. . View in PubMed

Neuropeptide Y(1) Receptor NPY1R discovery of naturally occurring human genetic variants governing gene expression in cella as well as pleiotropic effects on autonomic activity and blood pressure in vivo J Am Coll Cardiol. 2009 Sep 01; 54(10):944-54. . View in PubMed

Increasing burden of melanoma in the United States J Invest Dermatol. 2009 Jul; 129(7):1666-74. . View in PubMed

Dopamine transporter genetic variants and pesticides in Parkinson's disease Environ Health Perspect. 2009 Jun; 117(6):964-9. . View in PubMed

Parkinson's disease and residential exposure to maneb and paraquat from agricultural applications in the central valley of California Am J Epidemiol. 2009 Apr 15; 169(8):919-26. . View in PubMed

Associations between selected biomarkers and prognosis in a population-based pancreatic cancer tissue microarray Cancer Res. 2009 Apr 01; 69(7):2950-5. . View in PubMed

Acculturation and sun-safe behaviors among US Latinos: findings from the 2005 Health Information National Trends Survey Am J Public Health. 2009 Apr; 99(4):734-41. . View in PubMed

Melanoma underreporting: why does it happen, how big is the problem, and how do we fix it? J Am Acad Dermatol. 2008 Dec; 59(6):1081-5.. View in PubMed

An effective and efficient approach for manually improving geocoded data Int J Health Geogr. 2008 Nov 26; 7:60. . View in PubMed

Measurement of ultraviolet exposure in epidemiological studies of skin and skin cancers Photochem Photobiol. 2008 Nov-Dec; 84(6):1462-72. . View in PubMed

Naturally occurring human genetic variation in the 3'-untranslated region of the secretory protein chromogranin A is associated with autonomic blood pressure regulation and hypertension in a sex-dependent fashion J Am Coll Cardiol. 2008 Oct 28; 52(18):1468-81. . View in PubMed

Heritability and genome-wide linkage in US and australian twins identify novel genomic regions controlling chromogranin a: implications for secretion and blood pressure Circulation. 2008 Jul 15; 118(3):247-57. . View in PubMed

Interleukin-2, interleukin-12, and interferon-gamma levels and risk of young adult Hodgkin lymphoma Blood. 2008 Apr 01; 111(7):3377-82. . View in PubMed

Heredity of endothelin secretion: human twin studies reveal the influence of polymorphism at the chromogranin A locus, a novel determinant of endothelial function Circulation. 2007 May 01; 115(17):2282-91. . View in PubMed

Gender differences in determinants of smoking initiation and persistence in California twins Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2006 Jun; 15(6):1189-97. . View in PubMed

Developing epidemic of melanoma in the Hispanic population of California Cancer. 2006 Mar 01; 106(5):1162-8. . View in PubMed

Control selection and pesticide exposure assessment via GIS in prostate cancer studies Am J Prev Med. 2006 Feb; 30(2 Suppl):S109-16. . View in PubMed

A population-based description of glioblastoma multiforme in Los Angeles County, 1974-1999 Cancer. 2005 Dec 15; 104(12):2798-806. . View in PubMed

Etiologic clues from the similarity of histology-specific trends in esophageal and lung cancers Cancer Causes Control. 2005 Nov; 16(9):1065-74. . View in PubMed

Functional allelic heterogeneity and pleiotropy of a repeat polymorphism in tyrosine hydroxylase: prediction of catecholamines and response to stress in twins Physiol Genomics. 2004 Nov 17; 19(3):277-91. . View in PubMed

IL-6 levels and genotype are associated with risk of young adult Hodgkin lymphoma Blood. 2004 Apr 15; 103(8):3216-21. . View in PubMed

An estimate of physical activity prevalence in a large population-based cohort Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2004 Feb; 36(2):253-60. . View in PubMed

Determinants of melanoma in a case-control study of twins (United States) Cancer Causes Control. 2001 Sep; 12(7):615-25. . View in PubMed

Development and representativeness of a large population-based cohort of native Californian twins Twin Res. 2001 Aug; 4(4):242-50. . View in PubMed

Parental smoking and infection with Helicobacter pylori among preschool children Epidemiology. 2000 Mar; 11(2):230-2. . View in PubMed

Parental smoking and Helicobacter pylori in children Epidemiology. 1999 Sep; 10(5):564-6. . View in PubMed

Helicobacter pylori infection and risk of gastric cancer in Shanghai, China: updated results based upon a locally developed and validated assay and further follow-up of the cohort Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 1999 Jul; 8(7):621-4. . View in PubMed

Childhood leukaemias in New Zealand: time trends and ethnic differences Br J Cancer. 1996 May; 73(9):1141-7. . View in PubMed

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