OE&CPM Faculty: John Kovach
John S. Kovach, MD
Office Phone: (631) 444-9339
Cancer; Molecular Biomarkers of Cancer; Molecular Epidemiology; Environmental Exposures
His interest in cancer biomarkers led to a focus on molecular epidemiology as an approach to understanding environmental factors that increase the incidence of specific diseases. Currently he is attempting to determine the role, if any, of environmental exposure to heavy metals as a contributor to breast and thyroid cancer and to benign but serious common diseases including osteoporosis and fetal growth retardation. A recent publication listed below, Gallagher et al. (2008), was cited by the European Food Safety Authority [EFSA Scientific Opinion, Cadmium in Food, EFSA Journal 980: page 85 (2009)] as the first study to assess the effect of total body cadmium and bone mineral density and risk of hip fracture. Based in part upon this study, the European Commission on Cadmium in Food lowered the permissible tolerable weekly intake of dietary cadmium by more than 50%.
Buzin CH, Tang S-H-E, Cunningham JM, Shibata A, Ross RK, Hartman A, Blaszyk H, Kovach JS. Low frequency of p53 gene mutations in breast cancers of Japanese-American women. Nutrition and Cancer. 2001; 39:72-77.
Zhu W, Wang X, Ma Y, Rao M, Glimm J, Kovach, JS. Detection of Cancer Specific Markers Amid Massive Mass Spectral Data. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. (USA). 2003;100: 14666-14671.
Kenning GG, Rodriguez R, Zotev VS, Moslemi A, Wilson S, Hawel L, Byus C, Kovach JS. Detection of magnetically enhanced cancer tumors using SQUID magnetometry: A feasibility study. Review of Scientific Instruments. 2005; 76: 014303-1 to 9.
Schoenfeld ER, Davis MV, Kovach JS, Mchunguzi C, Nies MA. A community and Academic Partnership to Improve Breast Cancer Outcomes for African Americans on Long island: a Ministry if Health Dissemination. Home Health Care Management and Practice.2006; 18:361-369.
Gallagher CN, Kovach JS, Meliker JR. Urinary Cadmium and Osteoporosis in US Women = > 50 Years of Age: NHANES 1988-1994 and 1999-2004. 2008 Env Health Perspect. 116 (10).
Gallagher CM, Moonga BS, Kovach JS. Cadmium, follicle-stimulating hormone, and effects on bone in women age 42-60 years, NHANES III. Environ Res. 2010 Jan;110(1):105-11. Epub .
Gallagher CM, Chen JJ, Kovach JS. Urine cadmium and breast cancer: NHANES 1999-2008 and Long Island, New York, 2008-2009 Submitted, July 2010