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Berman Tamar

E-mail: tamar.berman@moh.health.gov.il

Dr. Tamar Berman is Chief Toxicologist for Environmental Health at the Israel Ministry of Health. Dr. Berman headed the Israel Biomonitoring Study conducted in 2011 and is currently heading the 2nd Israel Human Biomonitoring Study in children and adults. Publications emerging from the first Israel Biomonitoring Study focused on exposure of the general population in Israel to potential endocrine disrupting chemicals (bisphenol A, phthalates), environmental tobacco smoke (cotinine), organophosphate pesticides, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Findings on widespread exposure in Israeli to environmental tobacco smoke and organophosphate pesticides were used to support policy to reduce these exposures in the general population. Dr. Berman is currently representing Israel in the European Human Biomonitoring Initiative (HBM4EU).

Dr. Berman is a regulatory toxicologist active in policy development related to a broad range of environmental health issues including pesticides and biocides; drinking water; and consumer products. She is collaborating on a project on chemicals in children's products (2016 - 2017). Findings to date include high concentrations of lead and cadmium in children's jewelry on the market in Israel, and high concentrations of lead in paints used in playground equipment. These findings have prompted development of consumer product standards.

Dr. Berman is a researcher in longitudinal birth cohort studies on exposure to organophosphate pesticides and brominated flame retardants and a study on exposure to environmental contaminants in Palestinian pregnant women.

She has authored over 20 peer reviewed manuscript and the reports Environmental Health in Israel 2014, and Environmental Health in Israel 2017.


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