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Cranor Now Member of Collegium Ramazzini

UC Riverside Philosopher Invited to Join International Community of Scholars Influential in Policies on Human Health

Carl Cranor is Known for Work with Toxic Chemicals and the Law

(January 28, 2004)

Carl Cranor

Carl Cranor

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- The Collegium Ramazzini, an organization of scholars who work to affect policies impacting human health, has invited UC Riverside philosophy professor Carl Cranor to become a member.

The Collegium, founded in 1982 is an international institute headquartered in Carpa, Italy. The organization honors the work of one of the first occupational physicians, Bernardino Ramazzini (circa 1700), and is dedicated to advancing the study of occupational and environmental health issues around the world.

“I am delighted and honored to accept the invitation,” said Cranor, who came to UCR in 1971 and works in the area of how courts interpret laws related to human exposure to toxic chemicals. “There are only 180 Fellows in the Collegium, and they are some of the most distinguished health researchers in the world.”

The Collegium Ramazzini assesses the potential for injury or disease attributable to the environment or workplace, and transmits its views to policy-making bodies, authorities, agencies and the public. By holding conferences and symposia, by publishing research papers, and publicizing its views, the Collegium seeks to help legislators, regulators and other decision-makers to better understand the public policy implications of scientific findings. Its goal is to work towards possible solutions to occupational and environmental health problems.

Dr. Daniel Teitelbaum, who works in medical toxicology in Denver, Colo., wrote in a nomination letter that Prof. Cranor helped assess environmental pollution in Eastern Europe and his research was also cited in the effort to pass Prop. 65, the California law that requires signs notifying people when they are near toxic substances.

“The point of view of a ethicist and philosopher of science is of great importance in the development of our positions and future programs,” Teitelbaum wrote.


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