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Personal Biography of Dr. David Bellinger

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Dr. David C. Bellinger is Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School, Professor in the Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), and Senior Research Associate in Neurology and Psychiatry, Children's Hospital Boston. He received a Ph.D. in Psychology from Cornell University in 1977 and completed post-doctoral fellowship training at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Boston University. In 1987, he received a M.Sc. in Epidemiology from the HSPH. He received a Research Career Development Award from the NIEHS (1985-1990). He currently directs an NIH-funded T32 Interdisciplinary Training Program in Neurodevelopmental Toxicology at the HSPH. He has served on several committees of the National Academies/National Research Council/ Institute of Medicine, including Measuring Lead Exposure in Infants, Children, and Other Sensitive Populations; Toxicological Effects of Methylmercury; Submarine Escape Action Levels; and Nutrient Relationships in Seafood: Balancing the Benefits and Risks. He has participated in World Health Organization (WHO) consultations involving lead, mercury, and principles of risk assessment. On several occasions, he has been a Technical Advisor to the FAO/WHO Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives and Contaminants (JECFA), as well as serving as a member of JECFA. From 2001-2004, he was a member of the Federal Advisory Committee of the National Children's Study. He participated in the EPA Science Advisory Board review of the Agency's Mercury Report to Congress. He has served as Epidemiology Section Editor of Neurotoxicology and Teratology and is the editor of a forthcoming volume on Human Developmental Neurotoxicology. His major research interests are the developmental impact of early metabolic and chemical insults to the nervous system and neuropsychological toxicology. Much of his research has focused on the neurotoxicity of metals in children, particularly lead, mercury, arsenic, and manganese. His research has been funded primarily by the NIH (NICHD, NIEHS, NINDS, NIDCR, NHLBI), and by EPA, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, and Harvard University.

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