EHP Paper of the Year, 2012
Hugh A. Tilson
Editor-in-Chief, EHP, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Environ Health Perspect 120:a451–a451 (2012). http://dx.doi.org/10.1289/ehp.1206266 [Online 1 December 2012]
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Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) established the Paper of the Year Award in 2008 to recognize high-quality papers published in the journal (Tilson 2008). Starting in 2011, EHP decided to recognize two papers each year (Tilson 2011). The EHP Classic Paper of the Year is the research article, commentary, or review that is the most highly cited over the preceding 60 months. The winner of the 2012 EHP Classic Paper of the Year, announced last July, was “Exposure of the U.S. Population to Bisphenol A and 4-tertiary-Octylphenol: 2003–2004” by Antonia M. Calafat, Xiaoyun Ye, Lee-Yang Wong, John A. Reidy, and the late Larry L. Needham of the Division of Laboratory Sciences, National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Tilson 2012). The second paper to be recognized each year is the EHP Paper of the Year. This award recognizes the most highly cited paper published during the preceding year. Both awards are subject to the approval of the EHP Board of Associate Editors.
As a group, these papers add substantial weight to the evidence linking OP pesticides with adverse effects on cognitive development by simultaneously reporting consistent findings for three different groups of children.
In this issue, EHP is pleased to announce that the 2012 Paper of the Year award will be shared by three papers published in the same issue: “Prenatal Exposure to Organophosphates, Paraoxonase 1, and Cognitive Development in Childhood” by Stephanie M. Engel, James Wetmur, Jia Chen, Chenbo Zhu, Dana Boyd Barr, Richard L. Canfield, and Mary S. Wolff (Engel et al. 2011); “Prenatal Exposure to Organophosphate Pesticides and IQ in 7-Year-Old Children” by Maryse F. Bouchard, Jonathan Chevrier, Kim G. Harley, Katherine Kogut, Michelle Vedar, Norma Calderon, Celina Trujillo, Caroline Johnson, Asa Bradman, Dana Boyd Barr, and Brenda Eskenazi (Bouchard et al. 2011); and “Seven-Year Neurodevelopmental Scores and Prenatal Exposure to Chlorpyrifos, a Common Agricultural Pesticide” by Virginia Rauh, Srikesh Arunajadai, Megan Horton, Frederica Perera, Lori Hoepner, Dana B. Barr, and Robin Whyatt (Rauh et al. 2011). The three studies were conducted at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (Engel et al. 2011); the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health (Bouchard et al. 2011); and the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University (Rauh et al. 2011). The Berkeley and Mount Sinai investigators measured organophosphate (OP) pesticide metabolites in pregnant women’s urine, and the Columbia investigators measured the OP pesticide chlorpyrifos in umbilical cord blood. Children of these mothers were administered intelligence tests when they were 6–9 years of age at Mount Sinai and at 7 years of age at Berkeley and Columbia. All three studies reported associations between prenatal OP pesticide exposures and adverse effects on cognitive function that continued into early childhood. The fact that three research groups reached such similar conclusions independently adds considerable support to the validity of the findings.
EHP congratulates all the authors of these papers for their contribution to the environmental health science literature. These findings underscore the need to continue monitoring levels of exposure to pesticides in vulnerable populations and to study the underlying biological changes associated with alterations of cognitive function following developmental exposure to environmental chemicals.
Bouchard MF, Chevrier J, Harley KG, Kogut K, Vedar M, Calderon N, et al. 2011. Prenatal exposure to organophosphate pesticides and IQ in 7-year-old children. Environ Health Perspect 119:1189–1195.
Calafat AM, Ye X, Wong L-Y, Reidy JA, Needham LL. 2008. Exposure of the U.S. population to bisphenol A and 4-tertiary-octylphenol: 2003–2004. Environ Health Perspect 116:39–44.
Engel SM, Wetmur J, Chen J, Zhu C, Barr DB, Canfield RL, et al. 2011. Prenatal exposure to organophosphates, paraoxonase 1, and cognitive development in childhood. Environ Health Perspect 119:1182–1188.
Rauh V, Arunajadai S, Horton M, Perera F, Hoepner L, Barr DB, et al. 2011. Seven-year neurodevelopmental scores and prenatal exposure to chlorpyrifos, a common agricultural pesticide. Environ Health Perspect 119:1196–1201.
Tilson H. 2008. EHP papers of the year, 2008 [Editorial]. Environ Health Perspect 116:A234.
Tilson H. 2011. EHP classic paper of the year, 2011 [Editorial]. Environ Health Perspect 119:A238.
Tilson H. 2012. EHP classic paper of the year, 2012 [Editorial]. Environ Health Perspect 120:A263.
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