photo of James Olson.

Pesticides prevent diseases from spreading, protect crops and help control invasive species. But their widespread use causes damage to the environment and human health.

James R. Olson, UB Distinguished Professor in the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, as well as the School of Public Health and Health Professions, investigates how environmental and occupational exposure to pesticides, especially organophosphate pesticides, affects human health.

Supporters of his research include the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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