Toxicologist Reappointed by Governor Brown to Committee Tasked With Identifying Carcinogens

UC Riverside’s David Eastmond has served on the California Carcinogen Identification Committee since 1999

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David Eastmond is a professor of cell biology and a toxicologist at UC Riverside.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — David Eastmond, a professor of cell biology and a toxicologist at the University of California, Riverside, has been reappointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown to the Carcinogen Identification Committee of the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment.

Eastmond, who also chairs UC Riverside’s Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, has served on the committee since 1999.

The committee identifies chemicals for addition to the list of chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, and determines whether a chemical has been clearly shown, through scientifically valid testing according to generally accepted principles, to cause the disease.

As a member of the Carcinogen Identification Committee, Eastmond is responsible for reviewing the scientific studies performed on chemicals that have been nominated for listing and determining whether the evidence shows that the chemicals have been clearly shown to cause cancer.

“I am honored to be reappointed to the committee and look forward to working with my fellow committee members and the staff of the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment,” he said.

Eastmond, 56, has been a member of the Environmental Mutagen Society since 1989 and served as its president in 2003-2004. He is a member of the Society of Toxicology and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  He has been elected a Fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini and served as a Jefferson Science Fellow.  He earned a master of science in entomology at Brigham Young University and a doctorate in environmental health sciences at UC Berkeley.

His reappointment to the Carcinogen Identification Committee does not require Senate confirmation, and there is no compensation.

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