Eugene Sobel, Ph.D.

Eugene Sobel, Ph.D.
Affiliated Senior Research Scientist
University Position: Professor (Retired), Department of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California (USC)

PhD, Statistics, Johns Hopkins University Post-Doctoral Experience: Statistics, Stanford University; Epidemiology/Statistical Genetics, University of North Caroline, Chapel Hill
Post-Doctoral Experience: Statistics, Stanford University; Epidemiology/Statistical Genetics, University of North Caroline, Chapel Hill
sobel55@earthlink.net
Research Interests

Dr. Sobel’s collaborative experience includes working with colleagues whose research includes laboratory and clinical medicine, clinical trials, epidemiology, and social work. He was Director of the following programs:

  • Biostatistics Consultation/Collaboration Program (Temple University School of Medicine);
  • Statistics and Epidemiology Core, USC Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (USC);
  • Mental Health Clinical Services Research Center, School of Social Work (USC); and
  • Statistics and Epidemiology Division, Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG, one of the National Cancer Institute’s international clinical trials groups.

His primary research interests include:

  • epidemiologic and clinical trials methodologies;
  • development and evaluation of comprehensive local area programs designed to improve health, education, diet, and lifestyles of people and families with marginal incomes
  • dietary aspects of health and disease;
  • very early diagnosis of cancers;
  • melatonin as a treatment for cancer; and
  • health effects of exposure to magnetic field from 50-60 Hz electrical equipment.
Selected Publications
Davanipour Z, Sobel E, Ziogas A, Smoak C, Bohr T, Doram K, Liwnicz B (2014). Dietary risk factors for sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease: A confirmatory case-control study. British Journal of Medicine & Medical Research. 4(12):2388-241.
Davanipour Z, Sobel E, Ziogas A, Smoak C, Bohr T, Doram K, Liwnicz B (2014). Ocular tonometry and sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (sCJD): A confirmatory case-control study. British Journal of Medicine & Medical Research. 4(12):2322-2333.
Davanipour Z, Tseng C-C, Lee P-J, Markides KS, Sobel E (2014). Severe cognitive dysfunction and occupational extremely low frequency magnetic field exposure among elderly Mexican Americans. British Journal of Medicine & Medical Research. 4(8)1641-1662.
Davanipour Z, Poulsen HE, Weimann A, and Sobel E (2009). Endogenous melatonin and oxidatively damaged guanine in DNA. BMC Endocrine Disorders. 9:22.
Davanipour Z, Sobel E (2007). Magnetic Field Exposure: Melatonin Production; Alzheimer’s Disease; Breast Cancer. In: Carpenter D; Sage C (Editors) BioInitiative Report: A Rationale for a Biologically-based Public Exposure Standard for Electromagnetic Fields (ELF and RF). Vol. 3, pp 11-75.
Davanipour Z, Tseng C-C, Lee P-J, Sobel E (2007). A case-control study of occupational magnetic field exposure and Alzheimer’s disease: results from the California Alzheimer’s Disease and Treatment Centers. BMC Neurology. 7: 13 doi: 10.1186/1471-2377-7-13.
Hansen NH, Sobel E, Davanipour Z, Gillette LM, Niiranen J, Wilson BW (2000). EMF exposure assessment in the Finnish garment industry: Evaluation of proposed EMF exposure metrics. Bioelectromagnetics. 21:57-67.
Davanipour Z, Sobel E, Vu H, Will AD (1997). Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and occupational exposure to electromagnetic fields. Bioelectromagnetics. 18:28-35.
Sobel E, Davanipour Z (1996). Electromagnetic field exposure may cause increased production of amyloid beta and eventually lead to Alzheimer's disease. Neurology. 47:1594- 1600.
Sobel E, Dunn M, Davanipour Z, Qian Z, Chui HC (1996). Elevated risk of Alzheimer's disease among workers with likely electromagnetic field exposure. Neurology. 47:1477-1481.
Sulkava R, Kainulainen K, Verkkoniemi A, Niinisto L, Sobel E, Davanipour Z, Polvikoski T Haltia M, Kontula K (1996). ApoE alleles in Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia in a population aged 85+. Neurobiology of Aging. 17:373-376.
Davanipour Z, Smoak C, Bohr T, Sobel E, Liwnicz B, Chang S (1995). Death certificates: An efficient source for ascertainment of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease cases. Neuroepidemiology. 14:1-6.
Sobel E, Davanipour Z, Sulkava R, Erkinjuntti T, Wikstrom J, Henderson V, Buckwalter G, Bowman JD, Lee PJ (1995). Occupations with exposure to electromagnetic fields: A possible risk factor for Alzheimer's disease. American Journal of Epidemiology. 142:515-524.
Sobel E, Davanipour Z, Sulkava R, Erkinjuntti T, Winkstrom J, Henderson V, Buckwalter G, Bowman J (1995). Occupational exposure to electromagnetic fields: A possible risk factor for Alzheimer's disease. In: Iqbal K, Mortimer J, Winbald B, and Wisniewski H (Editors) Research Advances in Alzheimer's Disease and Other Related Disorders, Wiley & Sons, Ltd. pp 43-52.
Sobel E, Louhija J, Sulkava R, Davanipour Z, Kontula K, Miettinen H, Tikkanen M, Kainulainen K, Tilvis R (1995). Lack of association of apolipoprotein E allele e-4 with late-onset Alzheimer's disease among Finnish centenarians. Neurology. 45:903-907.
Sobel E, Alter M, Davanipour Z, Friday G, McCoy RL, Levitt LP, Isack T (1989). Stroke in the Lehigh Valley: Combined risk factors for recurrent ischemic stroke. Neurology. 39:669-672.
Davanipour Z, Alter M, Coslett B, Sobel E, Kundu S, Hoeing EM (1988). Prolonged, progressive dementia with spongiform encephalopathy: A variant of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease? Neuroepidemiology. 7:56-65.
Alter M, Zhen-Xin Z, Davanipour Z, Sobel E, Min Lai S, LaRue L (1987). Does delay in acquiring childhood infection increase risk of multiple sclerosis? Italian Journal of Neurological Sciences. 8:23-28.
Sobel E, Zhang ZX, Alter M, Lai S, Davanipour Z, Friday G, McCoy RL, Isack T, Levitt LP (1987). Stroke in the Lehigh Valley: Seasonal variation in incidence rates. Stroke. 18:38-42.
Alter M, Zhang ZX, Davanipour Z, Sobel E, Zibulewsky J (1986). Multiple Sclerosis and Childhood Infections. Neurology. 36:1386-1389.
Alter M, Zhang ZX, Sobel E, Fisher M, Davanipour Z (1986). Standardized incidence ratios of stroke: a worldwide review. Neuroepidemiology. 5:148-158.
Davanipour Z, Alter M, Sobel E (1986). Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. In: Hutton TJ, Frank BD, (Editors) Neurologic Clinics On Dementia. pp 415-426.
Davanipour Z, Alter M, Sobel E, Asher DM, Gajdusek DC (1986). Transmissible viral dementia: evaluation of a zoonotic hypothesis. Neuroepidemiology. 5:194-206.
Davanipour Z, Alter M, Sobel E, Asher DM, Gajdusek DC (1985). A case-control study of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease: Dietary risk factors. American Journal of Epidemiology. 122:443-451.
Davanipour Z, Alter M, Sobel E, Asher DM, Gajdusek DC (1985). Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease: Possible medical risk factors. Neurology. 35:1483-1486.
Davanipour Z, Alter M, Sobel E, Callahan M (1985). Sheep consumption: A possible source of spongiform encephalopathy in humans. Neuroepidemiology. 4:240-249.
Davanipour Z, Goodman L, Alter M, Sobel E, Asher DM, Gajdusek DC (1984). Possible modes of transmission of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. New England Journal of Medicine. 311 (Dec 13):1582-1583.