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Diane R. Gold, MD, DTM&H

Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School

Associate Physician
Brigham and Women's Hospital

Research Interests

Dr. Gold's research focuses on the relationships between environmental exposures and the incidence or severity of respiratory diseases, including asthma. The environmental exposures considered include indoor allergens, including fungi, smoking, outdoor ozone and particles. She investigates the environmental exposures which may explain socioeconomic, cultural and gender differences which have been observed in asthma severity. These include perinatal exposures and family stress as well as exposure to the allergens and pollutants mentioned above. She is also interested in the cardiopulmonary effects of particles on the elderly.

Selected Publications

Gold DR, Rogacz S, Bock N, Tosteson TD, Baum TM, Speizer FE, Czeisler CA. Rotating shift work, sleep and accidents related to sleepiness in a population of hospital nurses. Amer J Public Health, 1992, 82:1011-14. [abstract]

Gold DR, Rotnitzky A, Damokosh AI, Ware JH, Speizer FE, Ferris BG, Jr, Dockery DW. Race and gender differences in respiratory illness prevalence and their relationship to environmental exposures in children 7 to 14 years of age. Am Rev Respir Dis, 1993,148:10-18. [abstract]

Gold DR, Wypij D, Wang X, Speizer FE, Pugh M, Ware JH, Feris BG, Jr, Dockery DW. Gender and race specific effects of asthma and wheeze on level and growth of lung function in children from six U.S. cities. Am Rev Respir Dis, 1994, 149:1198-1208. [abstract]

Castillejos M, Gold DR, Damokosh AL, Serrano P, Allen G, McDonnell WF, Dockery D, Velasco SR, Hernandez M, Hayes C. Acute effects of ozone in the pulmonary function of exercising schoolchildren from Mexico City. Am J Respir Crit Care Med, 1995, 152:1501-07. [abstract]

Gold DR, Wang X, Wypij D, Speizer FE, Ware JH, Dockery DW. Effects of cigarette smoking on lung function in adolescent boys and girls. N Engl J Med, 1996, Sep 26;335(13):931-37. [abstract]