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Edward Lawrence Avol, MS
Professor of Clinical Preventive Medicine
Division Chief, Environmental Health
Environmental Health
SSB 230C 2001 N. Soto Street Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 442 1090

Overview

Ed Avol is Professor of Clinical Preventive Medicine, with expertise in exposure assessment and acute/chronic respiratory and cardiovascular effects of airborne pollutants in populations at risk (including children, athletes, and subjects with compromised lung function). He was the Deputy Director of the Children's Health Study and is a key investigator in multiple ongoing investigations of the effects of environmental exposures on human health. He is the Director of the Spatial Exposure and Analytics Core (SEAC) in the NIEHS-supported Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center, Director of the Population Resources Core of the FDA-sponsored Tobacco Research Center, and is a co-investigator on several NIH and regional studies to assess the association of air pollution with children's respiratory health. Professor Avol both teaches in and leads the undergraduate Environmental Health teaching track through the Health Promotion program at USC. He is also actively involved in community outreach efforts, particularly with regard to health and air quality issues associated with Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport operations and expansions.

Publications

. Volcanic air pollution over the Island of Hawai'i: Emissions, dispersal, and compositionAssociation with respiratory symptoms and lung function in Hawai'i Island school children. Environ Int. 2016 Jul-Aug; 92-93:543-52. View in: PubMed

. Time-location patterns of a diverse population of older adults: the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis and Air Pollution (MESA Air) J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2016 Jun; 26(4):436. View in: PubMed

. Time-location patterns of a diverse population of older adults: the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis and Air Pollution (MESA Air) J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2016 Jun; 26(4):349-55. View in: PubMed

. Association of Changes in Air Quality With Bronchitic Symptoms in Children in California, 1993-2012 JAMA. 2016 Apr 12; 315(14):1491-501. View in: PubMed

. Prenatal Air Pollution Exposures, DNA Methyl Transferase Genotypes, and Associations with Newborn LINE1 and Alu Methylation and Childhood Blood Pressure and Carotid Intima-Media Thickness in the Children's Health Study Environ Health Perspect. 2016 12; 124(12):1905-1912. View in: PubMed

. Prenatal Air Pollution Exposure and Early Cardiovascular Phenotypes in Young Adults PLoS One. 2016; 11(3):e0150825. View in: PubMed

. Association of improved air quality with lung development in children N Engl J Med. 2015 Mar 05; 372(10):905-13. View in: PubMed

. Could environmental exposures facilitate the incidence of addictive behaviors? Eval Health Prof. 2015 Mar; 38(1):53-8. View in: PubMed

. Emissions reduction policies and recent trends in Southern California's ambient air quality J Air Waste Manag Assoc. 2015 Mar; 65(3):324-35. View in: PubMed

. Associations of children's lung function with ambient air pollution: joint effects of regional and near-roadway pollutants Thorax. 2014 Jun; 69(6):540-7. View in: PubMed

. NOS1 methylation and carotid artery intima-media thickness in children Circ Cardiovasc Genet. 2014 Apr; 7(2):116-22. View in: PubMed

. HDL anti-oxidant function associates with LDL level in young adults Atherosclerosis. 2014 Jan; 232(1):165-70. View in: PubMed

. Response to letter regarding article, “Childhood air pollutant exposure and carotid artery intima–media thickness in young adults” Circulation. 2013 Jun 04; 127(22):e659. View in: PubMed

. Birth weight and carotid artery intima-media thicknessJ Pediatr. 2013 May; 162(5):906-11. e1-2. View in: PubMed

. Development of a regional-scale pollen emission and transport modeling framework for investigating the impact of climate change on allergic airway disease Biogeosciences. 2013 Mar 01; 10(3):3977-4023. View in: PubMed

. Childhood air pollutant exposure and carotid artery intima-media thickness in young adults Circulation. 2012 Sep 25; 126(13):1614-20. View in: PubMed

. Modeling the residential infiltration of outdoor PM(25) in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis and Air Pollution (MESA Air). Environ Health Perspect. 2012 Jun; 120(6):824-30. View in: PubMed

. Predictors of intra-community variation in air quality J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2012 Mar-Apr; 22(2):135-47. View in: PubMed

. Residential traffic-related pollution exposures and exhaled nitric oxide in the children's health study Environ Health Perspect. 2011 Oct; 119(10):1472-7. View in: PubMed

. Parental stress increases the detrimental effect of traffic exposure on children's lung function Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2011 Oct 01; 184(7):822-7. View in: PubMed

. Carotid artery intima-media thickness in college students: race/ethnicity matters Atherosclerosis. 2011 Aug; 217(2):441-6. View in: PubMed

. Childhood incident asthma and traffic-related air pollution at home and school Environ Health Perspect. 2010 Jul; 118(7):1021-6. View in: PubMed

. Relationships of online exhaled, offline exhaled, and ambient nitric oxide in an epidemiologic survey of schoolchildren J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2009 Nov; 19(7):674-81. View in: PubMed

. Global goods movement and the local burden of childhood asthma in southern California Am J Public Health. 2009 Nov; 99 Suppl 3:S622-8. View in: PubMed

. Approach to estimating participant pollutant exposures in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis and Air Pollution (MESA Air) Environ Sci Technol. 2009 Jul 01; 43(13):4687-93. View in: PubMed

. Respiratory symptoms following wildfire smoke exposure: airway size as a susceptibility factor Epidemiology. 2009 May; 20(3):451-9. View in: PubMed

. In utero smoke exposure, glutathione S-transferase P1 haplotypes, and respiratory illness-related absence among schoolchildren Pediatrics. 2009 May; 123(5):1344-51. View in: PubMed

. Exhaled nitric oxide in a population-based study of southern California schoolchildren Respir Res. 2009 Apr 21; 10:28. View in: PubMed

. Traffic-related air pollution and asthma onset in children: a prospective cohort study with individual exposure measurement Environ Health Perspect. 2008 Oct; 116(10):1433-8. View in: PubMed

. Use of an electrostatic dust cloth for self-administered home allergen collection Twin Res Hum Genet. 2008 Apr; 11(2):150-5. View in: PubMed

. Glutathione S-transferase P1, maternal smoking, and asthma in children: a haplotype-based analysis Environ Health Perspect. 2008 Mar; 116(3):409-15. View in: PubMed

. Ozone, oxidant defense genes, and risk of asthma during adolescence Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2008 Feb 15; 177(4):388-95. View in: PubMed

. Microsomal epoxide hydrolase, glutathione S-transferase P1, traffic and childhood asthma Thorax. 2007 Dec; 62(12):1050-7. View in: PubMed

. Relationship between air pollution, lung function and asthma in adolescents Thorax. 2007 Nov; 62(11):957-63. View in: PubMed

. Effect of exposure to traffic on lung development from 10 to 18 years of age: a cohort study Lancet. 2007 Feb 17; 369(9561):571-7. View in: PubMed

. Health effects of the 2003 Southern California wildfires on children Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2006 Dec 01; 174(11):1221-8. View in: PubMed

. Dog ownership enhances symptomatic responses to air pollution in children with asthma Environ Health Perspect. 2006 Dec; 114(12):1910-5. View in: PubMed

. Regular smoking and asthma incidence in adolescents Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2006 Nov 15; 174(10):1094-100. View in: PubMed

. Predicting residential ozone deficits from nearby traffic Sci Total Environ. 2006 Jun 15; 363(1-3):166-74. View in: PubMed

. Associations of tumor necrosis factor G-308A with childhood asthma and wheezing Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2006 May 01; 173(9):970-6. View in: PubMed

. Mode of delivery is associated with asthma and allergy occurrences in children Ann Epidemiol. 2006 May; 16(5):341-6. View in: PubMed

. Traffic, susceptibility, and childhood asthma Environ Health Perspect. 2006 May; 114(5):766-72. View in: PubMed

. TNF-308 modifies the effect of second-hand smoke on respiratory illness-related school absences Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2005 Dec 15; 172(12):1563-8. View in: PubMed

. Childhood asthma and exposure to traffic and nitrogen dioxide Epidemiology. 2005 Nov; 16(6):737-43. View in: PubMed

. Air pollution exposure assessment for epidemiologic studies of pregnant women and children: lessons learned from the Centers for Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Environ Health Perspect. 2005 Oct; 113(10):1447-54. View in: PubMed

. Intercellular adhesion molecule-1 and childhood asthma Hum Genet. 2005 Sep; 117(5):476-84. View in: PubMed

. Surface sampling for endotoxin assessment using electrostatic wiping cloths Ann Occup Hyg. 2005 Jul; 49(5):401-6. View in: PubMed

. Respiratory symptoms in relation to residential coal burning and environmental tobacco smoke among early adolescents in Wuhan, China: a cross-sectional study Environ Health. 2004 Dec 07; 3(1):14. View in: PubMed

. Effects of ambient air pollutants on asthma medication use and wheezing among fourth-grade school children from 12 Southern California communities enrolled in The Children's Health Study Arch Environ Health. 2004 Oct; 59(10):505-14. View in: PubMed

. The effect of air pollution on lung development from 10 to 18 years of age N Engl J Med. 2004 Sep 09; 351(11):1057-67. View in: PubMed

. Indoor allergens, asthma, and asthma-related symptoms among adolescents in Wuhan, China Ann Epidemiol. 2004 Sep; 14(8):543-50. View in: PubMed

. Ambient endotoxin concentrations in PM10 from Southern California Environ Health Perspect. 2004 Apr; 112(5):583-8. View in: PubMed

. Prospective study of air pollution and bronchitic symptoms in children with asthma Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2003 Oct 01; 168(7):790-7. View in: PubMed

. Breathless in Los Angeles: the exhausting search for clean air Am J Public Health. 2003 Sep; 93(9):1494-9. View in: PubMed

. Obesity and the risk of newly diagnosed asthma in school-age children Am J Epidemiol. 2003 Sep 01; 158(5):406-15. View in: PubMed

. Effects of glutathione S-transferase M1, maternal smoking during pregnancy, and environmental tobacco smoke on asthma and wheezing in children Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2002 Aug 15; 166(4):457-63. View in: PubMed

. Association between air pollution and lung function growth in southern California children: results from a second cohort Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2002 Jul 01; 166(1):76-84. View in: PubMed

. Indoor risk factors for asthma in a prospective study of adolescents Epidemiology. 2002 May; 13(3):288-95. View in: PubMed

. Asthma in exercising children exposed to ozone: a cohort study Lancet. 2002 Feb 02; 359(9304):386-91. View in: PubMed

. Respiratory effects of relocating to areas of differing air pollution levels Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2001 Dec 01; 164(11):2067-72. View in: PubMed

. A study of twelve Southern California communities with differing levels and types of air pollutionI. Prevalence of respiratory morbidity. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 1999 Mar; 159(3):760-7. View in: PubMed

. Spatial Variation in Particulate Matter Components over a Large Urban Area Atmos Environ (1994). 2014 Feb 01; 83:211-219. View in: PubMed

. Determinants of the Spatial Distributions of Elemental Carbon and Particulate Matter in Eight Southern Californian Communities Atmos Environ (1994). 2014 Apr 01; 86:84-92. View in: PubMed

. Comparing universal kriging and land-use regression for predicting concentrations of gaseous oxides of nitrogen (NOx) for the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis and Air Pollution (MESA Air) Atmos Environ (1994). 2011 Aug 01; 45(26):4412-4420. View in: PubMed

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