Social Research Center

Research Staff

Zoreh Davanipour
Affiliated Senior Research Scientist

Degree: Ph.D., Epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania
D.V.M., Shiraz (Pahlavi) University

Research Interests

Dr. Davanipour is an epidemiologist (PhD), with a doctorate in veterinary medicine (DVM), a NIH post-doctoral fellowship in Neuroepidemiology, and over 25 years of epidemiologic research experience in humans, particularly in neurology, vascular and preventive medicine, outcomes research, occupational health, industrial hygiene, and environmental health.  Dr. Davanipour is experienced in multidisciplinary collaborative research, designing studies, grant proposal development, mentorship, constructive critical review of research studies and grant proposals, consultation, development and implementation of continuing medical education (CME) programs, and implementing and conducting a wide variety of studies, e.g., longitudinal (cohort), retrospective (case-control), and cross-sectional studies, and randomized double blind placebo-controlled clinical trials. These studies involved generating original data as well as utilization of existing records, registries and databases.  This work has required clinic, hospital, community and population-based studies. 

Dr. Davanipour has been the Principal Investigator (PI) of  R01s and co-PI for several research studies funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Defense (DOD) Congressionally Directed Biomedical Research Program, other federal and state agencies, and private sources.  Some of the research has been international.   Dr. Davanipour has collaborated in multidisciplinary areas e.g., with clinicians, laboratory and social scientists, and other health care professionals, epidemiologists, biostatisticians, computer programmers, and religious and other community groups. 

Selected Publications

Davanipour Z, Sobel E, Ziogas A, Smoak C, Bohr T, Doram K, Liwnicz B. Ocular tonometry and sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (sCJD): A confirmatory case-control study. British Journal of Medicine & Medical Research 2014; 4(12):2322-2333. PMID: 25089261 [PubMed] Free PMC Article

Davanipour Z, Sobel E, Ziogas A, Smoak C, Bohr T, Doram K, Liwnicz B. Dietary risk factors for sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease: A confirmatory case-control study. British Journal of Medicine & Medical Research 2014; 4(12):2388-2417. PMID: 24977122 [PubMed] Free PMC Article

Davanipour Z, Tseng C-C, Lee, P-J, Markides KS, Sobel E. Severe cognitive dysfunction and occupational extremely low frequency magnetic field exposure among elderly Mexican Americans. British Journal of Medicine & Medical Research 2014; 4(8)1641-1662. PMID: 24839595 [PubMed] Free PMC Article

Davanipour Z, Sobel E.  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, 2007; pp 11-75. Abstract The 2012 update (released online 01-05- 2013) is at:

 Davanipour Z, Poulsen HE, Weimann A, and Sobel E.(2009). Endogenous melatonin and oxidatively damaged guanine in DNA.  BMC Endocrine Disorders   2009; 9:22. Abstract   PMID:19835624

Davanipour Z, Sobel E. Long-term exposure to magnetic fields and the risks of Alzheimer’s disease and breast cancer:  Future biological research.  Pathophysiology 2009; 16:149-56. doi:10.1016/j.pathophys.2009.01.005.  PMID: 19278839.

Davanipour Z, Tseng, C-C., Lee, P-J., Sobel E.  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 2007;7: 13. Abstract   PMID: 17559686.  doi: 10.1186/1471-2377-7-13  Article PubReader PDF–270K

Alberts DS, Barakat RR, Daly M, Method MW, Benbrook DM, Boggess JF, Brewer MA, Brington LA, Castle PE, Davanipour Z, Garcia FAR, Hanly MG, Hess LM, Hines J, Kelaghan J, Lucci J, Minasian L, Muller C, Mutter GL, Rader JS, Rodriguez G “Prevention of Gynecologic Malignancies.  Epidemiology of Ovarian Cancer, Risk Factors and Analysis”   In: Gershenson DM, McGuire WP, Gore M, Quinn MA, Thomas G. (Editors) Gynecologic Cancer: Controversies in Management.  Elsevier Ltd., 2004; pp 883-919. 

Davanipour Z, Lu N, Lichtenstein M, Markides KS.  Hearing problems in Mexican American elderly.  American Journal of Otology 2000;21:168-172. PMID: 10733179.

Hansen NH, Sobel E, Davanipour Z, Gillette LM, Niiranen J, Wilson BW.  EMF exposure assessment in the Finnish garment industry: Evaluation of proposed EMF exposure metrics. Bioelectromagnetics 2000;21:57-67.  PMID: 10615093.

Davanipour Z, Sobel E, Vu H, Will AD.  Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and occupational exposure to electromagnetic fields. Bioelectromagnetics 1997;18:28-35. PMID: 9125230.

Sobel E, Davanipour Z.  Electromagnetic field exposure may cause increased production of amyloid beta and eventually lead to Alzheimer's disease.  Neurology 1996; 47:1594- 1600. PMID: 8960756.

Sobel E, Dunn M, Davanipour Z, Qian Z, Chui HC.  Elevated risk of Alzheimer's disease among workers with likely electromagnetic field exposure.  Neurology 1996; 47:1477-1481. PMID: 8960730.

Sulkava R, Kainulainen K, Verkkoniemi A, Niinisto L, Sobel E, Davanipour Z, Polvikoski T Haltia M, Kontula K.  ApoE alleles in Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia in a population aged 85+.  Neurobiology of Aging 1996; 17:373-376. PMID: 8725898.

Wientjens DPWM, Davanipour Z, Hofman A, Kondo K, Matthews WB, Will RG, van Duijin CM. Risk factors for Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease: A re-analysis of case-control studies.  Neurology 1996;46:1287-1291. PMID: 8628468.

Sobel E, Davanipour Z, Sulkava R, Erkinjuntti T, Wikstrom J, Henderson V, Buckwalter G, Bowman JD, Lee PJ.  Occupations with exposure to electromagnetic fields: A possible risk factor for Alzheimer's disease. American Journal of Epidemiology  1995;142:515-524. PMID: 7677130.

Sobel E, Louhija J, Sulkava R, Davanipour Z, Kontula K, Miettinen H, Tikkanen M, Kainulainen K, Tilvis R.  Lack of association of apolipoprotein E allele e-4 with late-onset Alzheimer's disease among Finnish centenarians.  Neurology 1995;45:903-907. PMID: 7746404.

Sobel E, Davanipour Z, Sulkava R, Erkinjuntti T, Winkstrom J, Henderson V, Buckwalter G, Bowman J. 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. 1995; pp 43-52.

Davanipour Z, Smoak C, Bohr T, Sobel E, Liwnicz B, Chang S.  Death certificates:  An efficient source for ascertainment of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease cases.  Neuroepidemiology 1995;14:1-6. PMID:7898601.

Higa M, Davanipour Z.  Smoking and stroke.  Neuroepidemiology  1991;10:211-222.   PMID: 1745332.

Davanipour Z.  Epidemiology of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.   In: Bastian F, (Editor). Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease and Other Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies, Mosby Year Book, Inc. 1991; pp 131-152.

Sobel E, Alter M, Davanipour Z, Friday G,  McCoy RL, Levitt LP, Isack T.  Stroke in the Lehigh Valley: Combined risk factors for recurrent ischemic stroke.  Neurology 1989;39:669-672. PMID: 2710358.

Davanipour Z, Alter M, Coslett B, Sobel E, Kundu S, Hoeing EM. Prolonged, progressive dementia with spongiform encephalopathy: A variant of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease?  Neuroepidemiology  1988;7:56-65.PMID: 3287204.

Alter M, Zhen-Xin Z, Davanipour Z, Sobel E, Min Lai S, LaRue L. Does delay in   acquiring childhood infection increase risk of multiple sclerosis? Italian Journal of Neurological Sciences  1987;8:23-28.  PMID:3570719.

Sobel E, Zhang ZX, Alter M, Lai S, Davanipour Z, Friday G, McCoy RL, Isack T, Levitt LP. Stroke in the Lehigh Valley:  Seasonal variation in incidence rates. Stroke 1987;18:38-42. PMID: 3810768.

Davanipour Z, Alter M, Sobel E, Asher DM, Gajdusek DC. Transmissible viral dementia:      evaluation of a zoonotic hypothesis.  Neuroepidemiology 1986;5:194-206. PMID: 355057.

  Alter M, Zhang ZX, Sobel E, Fisher M, Davanipour Z. Standardized  incidence ratios of stroke:  a worldwide review. Neuroepidemiology 1986;5:148-158.  PMID: 3785529.

Alter M, Zhang ZX, Davanipour Z, Sobel E, Zibulewsky J.  Multiple Sclerosis and Childhood Infections.  Neurology 1986;36:1386-1389. PMID: 3762950.

Davanipour Z, Alter M, Sobel E.  Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.  In: Hutton TJ; Frank BD, (Editors).  Neurologic Clinics On Dementia  Vol. 4, No.2, Saunders Co., Philadelphia, PA, May 1986; pp 415-426.  PMID: 3086688.

Davanipour Z, Alter M, Sobel E, Callahan M.  Sheep consumption:  A possible source of spongiform encephalopathy in humans.  Neuroepidemiology  1985;4:240-249. PMID: 3915057

Davanipour Z, Alter M, Sobel E, Asher DM, Gajdusek DC.  Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease:  Possible medical risk factors.  Neurology  1985;35:1483-1486. PMID: 3897896.

Davanipour Z, Alter M, Sobel E, Asher DM, Gajdusek DC. A case-control study of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease:  Dietary risk factors. American Journal of Epidemiology 1985;122:443-451. PMID: 3895896.

Davanipour Z, Goodman L, Alter M, Sobel E, Asher DM, Gajdusek DC.  Possible modes of transmission  of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.  New England Journal of Medicine 1984;311 (Dec 13):1582-1583. PMID: 6390202

Modes de transmission possibles de la maladie Creutzfeldt-Jakob. Journal International de Medicine  1985;11:125-126 (French translation).  RE: Possible modes of transmission of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.  New England Journal of Medicine 1985;312 (April 4):923.

Davanipour Z, Alter M, Kahana E.  An epidemiolo­gic critique of Creutzfeld­t-Jakob disease.  American Journal of Epidemiol­ogy  1982;115:145-149.  PMID: 7034530.