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Alan H. Lockwood, M.D., F.A.A.N

Buffalo, New York
Speaker Topic: Clean Air, Coal, Toxics
Medical Specialty: Neurology
PSR Affiliation: Member, National Board; member, Board of Sponsors; Past President of PSR
School Affiliation: Emeritus Professor University at Buffalo, Neurology, Nuclear Medicine

Areas of Expertise:

  • Environmental factors and neurological disease with special reference to pesticides and Parkinson’s Disease and other neurodegenerative disorders
  • Medical Ethics with focus on human testing of pesticides
  • Code Black, burning coal and its effects on health
Media Experience: Television, Radio, Writing (editorials, op-eds), Public Speaking

Why PSR?

We have expertise in a variety of public health issues ranging from health effects of pollution to nuclear weapons and war that we develop during the course of our medical education. We have a professional obligation to use this knowledge to make this safer, healthier world. Working with PSR is the way to achieve these objectives.

Biographical Sketch

Alan H. Lockwood, M.D. FAAN is an Emeritus Professor of Neurology at the University at Buffalo. He is a graduate of Cornell University and Cornell University Medical College and was trained in Neurology at the University of California San Francisco with post-residency training in neurochemistry and use of radionuclides at Cornell University Medical College and the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He is board certified in Neurology and a member of the American Neurological Association and a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. He is the author of approximately 220 publications on diverse scientific topics ranging from hepatic encephalopathy, medical problems of musicians to functional imaging of the auditory system, tinnitus and environmental toxicants. He has been an active member of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) for three decades and was President of PSR National in 1994, is currently a member of the Board and Co-Chair of the Environment and Health Committee. The lead author of PSR’s report “Coal’s Assault on Human Health,” Dr. Lockwood is also the author of a new book on coal, The Silent Epidemic: Coal and the Hidden Threat to Health, published by MIT Press.

To request Dr. Lockwood as a speaker, please email psrnatl@psr.org or call 202-667-4260.

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Publications:

Lockwood, AH. The Silent Epidemic: Coal and the Hidden Threat to Health, 2012, MIT Press

Lockwood, AH, Welker-Hood, K., Rauch, M., Gottleib, B, Coal’s Assault on Human Health, PSR white paper

Brown RC. Lockwood AH. Sonawane BR. Neurodegenerative diseases: an overview of environmental risk factors. Environmental Health Perspectives. 113(9):1250-6, 2005 Sep.

Lockwood AH. Human testing of pesticides: ethical and scientific considerations. American Journal of Public Health. 94(11):1908-16, 2004 Nov.

Lockwood AH. Organophosphate pesticides and public policy. [Editorial. Review] Current Opinion in Neurology. 15(6):725-9, 2002 Dec.

Lockwood AH. Chemical emissions: an ongoing issue. [Letter] Science. 298(5593):541-2

Lockwood AH. Diabetes and air pollution. Diabetes Care. 25(8):1487-8, 2002 Aug.

Lockwood AH. Pesticides and parkinsonism: is there an etiological link? [Editorial Review] Current Opinion in Neurology. 13(6):687-90, 2000 Dec.

Lockwood AH. Landrigan PJ. Death after exposure to dimethylmercury. [Letter] New England Journal of Medicine. 339(17):1243