Professors Paulson and Perry Elected to Collegium Ramazzini

In recognition of their contributions to advancing occupational and environmental health and their personal and professional integrity, EOH and Pediatrics Professor Jerome Paulson and Professor and EOH Chair Melissa Perry were elected as members of the prestigious Collegium Ramazzini. 

“I’m honored to be elected to this esteemed organization dedicated to the health of workers,” says Dr. Perry, whose research over the past decades at George Washington, Harvard, and Johns Hopkins Universities has drawn international attention to the health effects of pesticide exposure on farming communities, agricultural workers, and the general public.  She has also been recognized for the engineering and behavioral interventions she has developed to address risks her work has identified for workers at meat-packing plants, construction sites, and agricultural operations.

Dr. Paulson’s decades of service as a clinician, an educator and an advocate have enhanced children's health by identifying and mitigating the impacts of environmental hazards on pediatric populations. In addition to serving as a professor in the Milken Institute School of Public Health’s EOH department and a professor of Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences, he is the Medical Director for National & Global Affairs of the Child Health Advocacy Institute and director of the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment at the Children’s National Health System.

An independent academy comprised of 180 internationally renowned experts in occupational and environmental health, the Collegium Ramazzini’s mission is to be a bridge between the world of scientific discovery and the social and political centers which must act on such discoveries to protect public health.  The organization’s name honors the father of occupational medicine, Bernardino Ramazzini, who was a professor at the Universities of Modena and Padua in the late 1600s and early 1700s.

Members must be elected into the Collegium.  Michael and Lori Milken Dean of Milken Institute School of Public Health Lynn Goldman became a member in 1999.  “I can't believe we have two in one year!” said Dean Goldman, who learned of her colleagues’ election while she was in Carpi, Italy, for the organization’s annual meeting. 

Drs. Paulson and Perry will be officially inducted into the organization next October, when they will be presented with silver medals at a ceremony in Carpi, which is located in the northern Italian province of Modena. 

The Collegium Ramazzini was founded in 1982 as an independent academy with the mission of advancing the study of occupational and environmental health issues.  The academy’s members assess present and future risks of injury and disease attributable to the workplace and the environment. The organization focuses on identifying preventable risk factors and communicating information about these hazards and their prevention to policy-making bodies, authorities, agencies and the public.