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Erik Robert Svendsen

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InstitutionMedical University of South Carolina
DepartmentPublic Health Sciences
AddressP.O. Box MSC 835
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Cannon Place - 135 Cannon St.
Phone843-876-1438
Fax843-876-1126
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    US EPA, Chapel Hill, NCPost-Doc12/2004Environmental Epidemiology
    University of Iowa, Iowa City, IAPhD07/2001Prev. Med. & Env. Health
    New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury, NYMS12/1996Environmental Technology
    Liberty University, Lynchburg, VABS12/1994Biology
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    2018 - 2020Co-chair/Chair, Terrorism and Inhalation Disasters Section, American Thoracic Society
    2016 - 2021Fulbright Specialist Award, CIES
    2013 - 2015President, Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society, Eta Chapter, Tulane University
    2007 - 2010K01 Mentored Career Development Award, CDC
    2008 - 2008Michael D. Jarrett Outstanding Customer Service Award Nominee (Individual), SC DHEC
    2005 - 2005Michael D. Jarrett Outstanding Customer Service Award Winner (Team), SC DHEC
    2004 - 2004Competent Toastmaster, Toastmasters International

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    Dr. Erik R. Svendsen received his PhD in Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health from the University of Iowa, where he completed doctoral studies in environmental epidemiology and exposure science with a special research focus on environmental lung diseases. After graduation Dr. Svendsen was selected for a prestigious post-doctoral fellowship with the US EPA in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. While in Chapel Hill Dr. Svendsen directed two large collaborative studies with researchers from the EPA and both the schools of public health and medicine at the University of North Carolina’s Center for Environmental Medicine, Asthma, and Lung Biology in studying the health effects of air pollution on asthmatic children and adults. Dr. Svendsen later became a Research Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina, where he also served as the State Environmental Epidemiologist for SC DHEC for 7 years. Over that time period he further developed expertise in disaster epidemiology, having led the public health recovery and research in the Graniteville chlorine disaster population and led the pulmonary epidemiology studies in a pediatric cohort exposed to radiation from the Chernobyl disaster. Dr. Svendsen then joined the Disaster Management program at the Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine as an Associate Professor in the Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences where he taught in several environmental and occupational health or epidemiology courses over a 4-year period. While at Tulane he held a secondary affiliation with the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Environmental Medicine. Dr. Svendsen joined MUSC in July 2015 as a Professor to lead the new Division of Environmental Health within the Department of Public Health Sciences. At MUSC he holds a secondary affiliation with the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine and is the Graduate Training Director for the Epidemiology Division. He is continuing his epidemiological research of disasters and environmental lung disease there at MUSC. Pubmed bibliography: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/browse/collection/41668820/?sort=date&direction=descending

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    environmental health, lung disease, epidemiology, disasters, environmental exposures

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    K01EH000287     (SVENDSEN, ERIK ROBERT)Sep 30, 2007 - Sep 29, 2010
    NIH
    Environmental Determinants of Pulmonary Disease: A new approach to an old problem
    Role: Principal Investigator

    R03ES017357     (WILSON, SACOBY MIGUEL)Sep 22, 2008 - Aug 31, 2011
    NIH
    Assessment of a Novel Environmental Justice Community-University Partnership
    Role: Co-Investigator

    R21ES017950     (WILSON, SACOBY MIGUEL)Sep 21, 2009 - Jun 30, 2014
    NIH
    Use of a Community-University Partnership to Eliminate Environmental Stressors
    Role: Co-Investigator

    R21LM010833     (CULLEY, JOAN MARIE)Aug 1, 2010 - Jul 31, 2013
    NIH
    Mass Casualty Triage Validation Study
    Role: Co-Investigator

    R01ES015532     (SVENDSEN, ERIK ROBERT)Sep 1, 2010 - Nov 30, 2015
    NIH
    Long-Term Lung Health After Exposure to Chlorine Gas
    Role: Principal Investigator

    R43ES018014     (QUICK, ALLAN M.)Sep 27, 2010 - Mar 28, 2012
    NIH
    Deactivating Indoor Allergens Associated with Childhood Asthma
    Role: Co-Investigator

    R21ES017239     (ANNANG, LUCY)Jun 17, 2011 - May 31, 2014
    NIH
    Assessment of Health Services Needs Pre- and Post-Disaster in Rural SC
    Role: Co-Investigator

    R43ES019790     (QUICK, ALLAN M.)Jul 25, 2011 - Jun 30, 2013
    NIH
    Allergens and Induced Asthma: Eradicating Indoor Allergens and Dust Mites
    Role: Co-Investigator

    R44ES019790     (QUICK, ALLAN M.)Jul 25, 2011 - May 31, 2016
    NIH
    Allergens and Induced Asthma: Eradicating Indoor Allergens from Dust Mites (Phase
    Role: Co-Investigator

    R13ES021701     (BURCH, JAMES)Jun 1, 2012 - May 31, 2013
    NIH
    International Society for Environmental Epidemiology 24th Annual Conference
    Role: Co-Investigator

    H13EH001024     (BURCH, JAMES)Aug 15, 2012 - Aug 14, 2013
    NIH
    INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EPIDEMIOLOGY 24TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE 100.1
    Role: Co-Investigator

    R13ES023735     (WILSON, SACOBY MIGUEL)Sep 1, 2013 - Aug 31, 2014
    NIH
    Charleston Area Pollution Prevention Partnership Environmental Justice Summit
    Role: Co-Investigator

    R01LM011648     (CULLEY, JOAN MARIE)Sep 1, 2014 - Aug 31, 2018
    NIH
    Validating Triage for Chemical Mass Casualty Incidents - A First Step
    Role: Co-Investigator

    K01HL121041     (MCCASKILL, MICHAEL L)Sep 15, 2014 - Jul 31, 2019
    NIH
    Ethanol-induced dysfunction of lung anti-microbial activity via vitamin D modulat
    Role: Co-Investigator

    E11TS000235     (VENA, JOHN)Sep 30, 2014 - Sep 29, 2015
    NIH
    REBUILDING THE GRANITEVILLE, SC COMMUNITY
    Role: Co-Investigator

    UG3OD023316     (VENA, JOHN EDWARD)Sep 21, 2016 - Aug 31, 2018
    NIH
    Exposome Contributors to Child Health Originating from National Fetal Growth Study (ECCHO-NFGS)
    Role: Co-Investigator

    R21ES027391     (HOYLE, GARY W.)Sep 30, 2016 - Aug 31, 2018
    NIH
    Treatment of persistent chlorine-induced small airway disease
    Role: Co-Investigator

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    1. Runkle J, Svendsen ER, Hamann M, Kwok RK, Pearce J. Population Health Adaptation Approaches to the Increasing Severity and Frequency of Weather-Related Disasters Resulting From our Changing Climate: A Literature Review and Application to Charleston, South Carolina. Curr Environ Health Rep. 2018 12; 5(4):439-452. PMID: 30406894.
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    2. Culley JM, Donevant S, Craig J, Richter J, Tavakoli AS, Svendsen E, DiNardi S. Validation of a novel irritant gas syndrome triage algorithm. Am J Disaster Med. 2018; 13(1):13-26. PMID: 29799609.
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    3. Svendsen ER. Chlorine Countermeasures: Supplemental Oxygen Equals Supplemental Lung Injury? Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2018 01; 58(1):10-11. PMID: 29286857.
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    4. Svendsen ER, Gonzales M, Commodore A. The role of the indoor environment: Residential determinants of allergy, asthma and pulmonary function in children from a US-Mexico border community. Sci Total Environ. 2018 Mar; 616-617:1513-1523. PMID: 29107378.
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    5. Commodore A, Wilson S, Muhammad O, Svendsen E, Pearce J. Community-based participatory research for the study of air pollution: a review of motivations, approaches, and outcomes. Environ Monit Assess. 2017 Aug; 189(8):378. PMID: 28685368.
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    6. Jani DD, Wilson M, Wickliffe JK, Shaffer J, Middleton T, Rando R, Svendsen ER. Assessment of an irritant gas plume model for epidemiologic study. Int J Environ Health Res. 2017 Aug; 27(4):276-292. PMID: 28661191.
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    7. Summerhill EM, Hoyle GW, Jordt SE, Jugg BJ, Martin JG, Matalon S, Patterson SE, Prezant DJ, Sciuto AM, Svendsen ER, White CW, Veress LA. An Official American Thoracic Society Workshop Report: Chemical Inhalational Disasters. Biology of Lung Injury, Development of Novel Therapeutics, and Medical Preparedness. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2017 Jun; 14(6):1060-1072. PMID: 28418689.
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    8. Svendsen ER, Yamaguchi I, Tsuda T, Guimaraes JRD, Tondel M. Risk Communication Strategies: Lessons Learned from Previous Disasters with a Focus on the Fukushima Radiation Accident. Curr Environ Health Rep. 2016 12; 3(4):348-359. PMID: 27796965.
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    9. Annang Ingram L, Tinago CB, Estrada R, Wilson S, Wright Sanders L, Bevington T, Carlos B, Cornelius E, Svendsen ER, Ball J. Off the rails in rural South Carolina: a qualitative study of healthcare provider perspectives on the long-term health impact of the Graniteville train disaster. Rural Remote Health. 2016 Jul-Sep; 16(3):3906. PMID: 27690516.
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    10. Rothenberg C, Achanta S, Svendsen ER, Jordt SE. Tear gas: an epidemiological and mechanistic reassessment. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2016 08; 1378(1):96-107. PMID: 27391380.
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    11. Hoyle GW, Svendsen ER. Persistent effects of chlorine inhalation on respiratory health. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2016 08; 1378(1):33-40. PMID: 27385061.
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    12. Carlisle M, Lam A, Svendsen ER, Aggarwal S, Matalon S. Chlorine-induced cardiopulmonary injury. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2016 06; 1374(1):159-67. PMID: 27303906.
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    13. Clark KA, Karmaus WJ, Mohr LC, Cai B, Balte P, Gibson JJ, Ownby D, Lawson AB, Vena JE, Svendsen ER. Lung Function before and after a Large Chlorine Gas Release in Graniteville, South Carolina. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2016 Mar; 13(3):356-63. PMID: 26695511.
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    14. McMahon DM, Vdovenko VY, Stepanova YI, Karmaus W, Zhang H, Irving E, Svendsen ER. Dietary supplementation with radionuclide free food improves children's health following community exposure to (137)Cesium: a prospective study. Environ Health. 2015 Dec 22; 14:94. PMID: 26689948.
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    15. Sun W, Svendsen ER, Karmaus WJ, Kuehr J, Forster J. Early-life antibiotic use is associated with wheezing among children with high atopic risk: a prospective European study. J Asthma. 2015 Sep; 52(7):647-52. PMID: 25539024.
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    16. Svendsen ER, Kolpakov IE, Karmaus WJ, Mohr LC, Vdovenko VY, McMahon DM, Jelin BA, Stepanova YI. Reduced lung function in children associated with cesium 137 body burden. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2015 Jul; 12(7):1050-7. PMID: 26072943.
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    17. Annang L, Wilson S, Tinago C, Wright Sanders L, Bevington T, Carlos B, Cornelius E, Svendsen E. Photovoice: Assessing the Long-Term Impact of a Disaster on a Community's Quality of Life. Qual Health Res. 2016 Jan; 26(2):241-51. PMID: 25794525.
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    18. Jani DD, Reed D, Feigley CE, Svendsen ER. Modeling an irritant gas plume for epidemiologic study. Int J Environ Health Res. 2016; 26(1):58-74. PMID: 25772143.
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    19. Jelin BA, Sun W, Kravets A, Naboka M, Stepanova EI, Vdovenko VY, Karmaus WJ, Lichosherstov A, Svendsen ER. Quantifying annual internal effective 137Cesium dose utilizing direct body-burden measurement and ecological dose modeling. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2016 11; 26(6):546-553. PMID: 25757885.
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    20. Zhang Y, Sun W, Svendsen ER, Tang S, MacIntyre RC, Yang P, Zhang D, Wang Q. Do corticosteroids reduce the mortality of influenza A (H1N1) infection? A meta-analysis. Crit Care. 2015 Feb 20; 19:46. PMID: 25888424.
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    21. Shimura T, Yamaguchi I, Terada H, Okuda K, Svendsen ER, Kunugita N. Radiation occupational health interventions offered to radiation workers in response to the complex catastrophic disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. J Radiat Res. 2015 May; 56(3):413-21. PMID: 25413928.
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    22. Mackie E, Svendsen E, Grant S, Michels JE, Richardson WH. Management of chlorine gas-related injuries from the Graniteville, South Carolina, train derailment. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2014 Oct; 8(5):411-6. PMID: 25225966.
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    23. Burch JB, Wagner Robb S, Puett R, Cai B, Wilkerson R, Karmaus W, Vena J, Svendsen E. Mercury in fish and adverse reproductive outcomes: results from South Carolina. Int J Health Geogr. 2014 Aug 15; 13:30. PMID: 25127892.
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    24. Culley JM, Svendsen E, Craig J, Tavakoli A. A validation study of 5 triage systems using data from the 2005 Graniteville, South Carolina, chlorine spill. J Emerg Nurs. 2014 Sep; 40(5):453-60. PMID: 25063047.
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    25. Abara W, Wilson S, Vena J, Sanders L, Bevington T, Culley JM, Annang L, Dalemarre L, Svendsen E. Engaging a chemical disaster community: lessons from Graniteville. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2014 May 27; 11(6):5684-97. PMID: 24871259.
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    26. McMahon DM, Vdovenko VY, Karmaus W, Kondrashova V, Svendsen E, Litvinetz OM, Stepanova YI. Effects of long-term low-level radiation exposure after the Chernobyl catastrophe on immunoglobulins in children residing in contaminated areas: prospective and cross-sectional studies. Environ Health. 2014 May 10; 13(1):36. PMID: 24886042.
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    27. Svendsen ER, Reynolds S, Ogunsakin OA, Williams EM, Fraser-Rahim H, Zhang H, Wilson SM. Assessment of Particulate Matter Levels in Vulnerable Communities in North Charleston, South Carolina prior to Port Expansion. Environ Health Insights. 2014; 8:5-14. PMID: 24653648.
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    28. Culley JM, Svendsen E. A review of the literature on the validity of mass casualty triage systems with a focus on chemical exposures. Am J Disaster Med. 2014; 9(2):137-50. PMID: 25068943.
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    29. Balte PP, Clark KA, Mohr LC, Karmaus WJ, Van Sickle D, Svendsen ER. The Immediate Pulmonary Disease Pattern following Exposure to High Concentrations of Chlorine Gas. Pulm Med. 2013; 2013:325869. PMID: 24386566.
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    30. Clark KA, Chanda D, Balte P, Karmaus WJ, Cai B, Vena J, Lawson AB, Mohr LC, Gibson JJ, Svendsen ER. Respiratory symptoms and lung function 8-10 months after community exposure to chlorine gas: a public health intervention and cross-sectional analysis. BMC Public Health. 2013 Oct 09; 13:945. PMID: 24107111.
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    31. Craig JB, Culley JM, Tavakoli AS, Svendsen ER. Gleaning data from disaster: a hospital-based data mining method to study all-hazard triage after a chemical disaster. Am J Disaster Med. 2013; 8(2):97-111. PMID: 24352925.
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    32. Runkle JR, Zhang H, Karmaus W, Brock-Martin A, Svendsen ER. Long-term impact of environmental public health disaster on health system performance: experiences from the Graniteville, South Carolina chlorine spill. South Med J. 2013 Jan; 106(1):74-81. PMID: 23263318.
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    33. Runkle JD, Brock-Martin A, Karmaus W, Svendsen ER. Secondary surge capacity: a framework for understanding long-term access to primary care for medically vulnerable populations in disaster recovery. Am J Public Health. 2012 Dec; 102(12):e24-32. PMID: 23078479.
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    34. Svendsen ER, Gonzales M, Mukerjee S, Smith L, Ross M, Walsh D, Rhoney S, Andrews G, Ozkaynak H, Neas LM. GIS-modeled indicators of traffic-related air pollutants and adverse pulmonary health among children in El Paso, Texas. Am J Epidemiol. 2012 Oct 01; 176 Suppl 7:S131-41. PMID: 23035137.
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    35. Runkle JD, Zhang H, Karmaus W, Martin AB, Svendsen ER. Prediction of unmet primary care needs for the medically vulnerable post-disaster: an interrupted time-series analysis of health system responses. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2012 Sep 25; 9(10):3384-97. PMID: 23202752.
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    36. Svendsen ER, Runkle JR, Dhara VR, Lin S, Naboka M, Mousseau TA, Bennett C. Epidemiologic methods lessons learned from environmental public health disasters: Chernobyl, the World Trade Center, Bhopal, and Graniteville, South Carolina. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2012 08; 9(8):2894-909. PMID: 23066404.
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    37. Wilson SM, Fraser-Rahim H, Williams E, Zhang H, Rice L, Svendsen E, Abara W. Assessment of the distribution of toxic release inventory facilities in metropolitan Charleston: an environmental justice case study. Am J Public Health. 2012 Oct; 102(10):1974-80. PMID: 22897529.
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    38. Ginsberg JP, Holbrook JR, Chanda D, Bao H, Svendsen ER. Posttraumatic stress and tendency to panic in the aftermath of the chlorine gas disaster in Graniteville, South Carolina. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2012 Sep; 47(9):1441-8. PMID: 22072223.
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    39. Svendsen E. Cultivating health and well-being through environmental stewardship. Am J Public Health. 2011 Nov; 101(11):2008. PMID: 21997222.
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    40. Kolpakov IY, Vdovenko VN, Stepanova YI, Bazyka DA, Karmaus WJ, Svendsen ER. Functional state of the respiratory and immune system in children-residents of the radioactive contaminated territories. Lik Sprava. 2011 Jan-Mar; (1-2):21-9. PMID: 21954632.
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    41. Svendsen ER, Whittle NC, Sanders L, McKeown RE, Sprayberry K, Heim M, Caldwell R, Gibson JJ, Vena JE. GRACE: public health recovery methods following an environmental disaster. Arch Environ Occup Health. 2010 Apr-Jun; 65(2):77-85. PMID: 20439226.
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    42. Davis JR, Wilson S, Brock-Martin A, Glover S, Svendsen ER. The impact of disasters on populations with health and health care disparities. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2010 Mar; 4(1):30-8. PMID: 20389193.
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    43. Svendsen ER, Kolpakov IE, Stepanova YI, Vdovenko VY, Naboka MV, Mousseau TA, Mohr LC, Hoel DG, Karmaus WJ. 137Cesium exposure and spirometry measures in Ukrainian children affected by the Chernobyl nuclear incident. Environ Health Perspect. 2010 May; 118(5):720-5. PMID: 20100677.
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    44. Burch JB, Svendsen E, Siegel PD, Wagner SE, von Essen S, Keefe T, Mehaffy J, Martinez AS, Bradford M, Baker L, Cranmer B, Saito R, Tessari J, Linda P, Andersen C, Christensen O, Koehncke N, Reynolds SJ. Endotoxin exposure and inflammation markers among agricultural workers in Colorado and Nebraska. J Toxicol Environ Health A. 2010; 73(1):5-22. PMID: 19953416.
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    45. Svendsen ER, Gonzales M, Ross M, Neas LM. Variability in childhood allergy and asthma across ethnicity, language, and residency duration in El Paso, Texas: a cross-sectional study. Environ Health. 2009 Dec 08; 8:55. PMID: 19995440.
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    46. Van Sickle D, Wenck MA, Belflower A, Drociuk D, Ferdinands J, Holguin F, Svendsen E, Bretous L, Jankelevich S, Gibson JJ, Garbe P, Moolenaar RL. Acute health effects after exposure to chlorine gas released after a train derailment. Am J Emerg Med. 2009 Jan; 27(1):1-7. PMID: 19041527.
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    47. Stepanova E, Karmaus W, Naboka M, Vdovenko V, Mousseau T, Shestopalov VM, Vena J, Svendsen E, Underhill D, Pastides H. Exposure from the Chernobyl accident had adverse effects on erythrocytes, leukocytes, and, platelets in children in the Narodichesky region, Ukraine: a 6-year follow-up study. Environ Health. 2008 May 30; 7:21. PMID: 18513393.
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    48. Svendsen ER, Yeatts KB, Peden D, Orton S, Alexis NE, Creason J, Williams R, Neas L. Circulating neutrophil CD14 expression and the inverse association of ambient particulate matter on lung function in asthmatic children. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2007 Sep; 99(3):244-53. PMID: 17910328.
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    49. Vesper S, McKinstry C, Ashley P, Haugland R, Yeatts K, Bradham K, Svendsen E. Quantitative PCR analysis of molds in the dust from homes of asthmatic children in North Carolina. J Environ Monit. 2007 Aug; 9(8):826-30. PMID: 17671663.
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    50. Yeatts K, Svendsen E, Creason J, Alexis N, Herbst M, Scott J, Kupper L, Williams R, Neas L, Cascio W, Devlin RB, Peden DB. Coarse particulate matter (PM2.5-10) affects heart rate variability, blood lipids, and circulating eosinophils in adults with asthma. Environ Health Perspect. 2007 May; 115(5):709-14. PMID: 17520057.
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    51. Svendsen E, Thorne P, O'Shaughnessy P, Zimmerman D, Reynolds S. House dust collection efficiency of the high volume small surface sampler on worn carpets. J Occup Environ Hyg. 2006 Jun; 3(6):334-341. PMID: 16718951.
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    52. Merchant JA, Naleway AL, Svendsen ER, Kelly KM, Burmeister LF, Stromquist AM, Taylor CD, Thorne PS, Reynolds SJ, Sanderson WT, Chrischilles EA. Asthma and farm exposures in a cohort of rural Iowa children. Environ Health Perspect. 2005 Mar; 113(3):350-6. PMID: 15743727.
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