Social Research Center

Research Staff

Eugene Sobel
Affiliated Senior Research Scientist

Degree: PhD, Statistics, Johns Hopkins University
Post-Doctoral Experience: Statistics, Stanford University;
Epidemiology/Statistical Genetics, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
University Position: Professor (Retired), Department of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California (USC)

Collaborative Experience/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. 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.  Section 13: Evidence for Effects on melatonin, Alzheimer’s Disease Risk, and Breast Cancer Risk (2012).  Update of 2007 Review.  (2012).  In: BioInitiative Working Group, Cindy Sage and David O. Carpenter, Editors.  BioInitiative Report: A Rationale for Biologically-based Public Exposure Standards for Electromagnetic Radiation at, December 31, 2012. Abstract

Davanipour, Z., Sobel, E.  (2009).  Long-Term Exposure to Magnetic Fields and the Risks of Alzheimer’s Disease and Breast Cancer: Further Biological Research.  Pathophysiology 16: 149-156.

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

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 Diagnosis and Treatment Centers.  BMC Neurology 7: 13. Abstract 

Farley, J., Smith, L.M., Darcy, K.M., Sobel, E., O'Connor, D., Henderson, B., Morrison, L.E., Birrer, M.J.  (2003).  Cyclin E expression is a significant predictor of survival in advanced, suboptimally debulked ovarian epithelial cancers:  A Gynecologic Oncology Group Study.  Cancer Research 63: 1235-1241.

Juutilainen, J., Stevens, R.G., Anderson, L.E., Hansen, N.H., Kilpelainen, M., Kumlin, T., Laitinen, J.T., Sobel, E., Wilson, B.W.  (2000).  Nocturnal 6-hydroxymelatonin sulfate excretion in female workers exposed to magnetic fields.  Journal of Pineal Research 28; 97-104.

Gilles, F.H., Leviton, A., Tavare, C.J., Adelman, L., Rorke, L.B., Sobel, E.L., Hedley-Whyte, E.T., Davis, R.L.  (2002).  Clinical and survival covariates of eight classes of childhood supratentorial neuroglial tumors.  Cancer 95: 1302-1310.

Heseltine, P.N.R., Goodkin, H., Atkinson, B., Vitiello, B., Rochon, J., Heaton, R., Eaton, E., Wilkie, F., Sobel, E., Brown, S., Feaster, D., Schneider, L., Goldschmidts, W.L., Stover, E., Koslow, S.H.  (1998).  Double-blind placebo-controlled trial of Peptide T for HIV-associated cognitive impairment.  Archives of Neurology 55: 41-51.

Brekke, J.S., Long, J.D., Nesbitt, N., Sobel, E.  (1997).  The impact of service characteristics on functional outcomes from community support programs for persons with schizophrenia: A growth curve analysis.  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 65: 464-475.

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., Davanipour, Z., Sulkava, R., Erkinjuntti, T., Wikstrom, J., Henderson, V.W., Buckwalter, G., Bowman, J.D., Lee, P-J.  (1995).  Occupations with exposure to electromagnetic fields: A possible risk factor for Alzheimer's disease.  American Journal of Epidemiology 142: 515-524.

Ell, K., Haywood, L.J., Sobel, E., deGuzman, M., Blumfield, D., Ning, J-P.  (1994).  Acute chest pain in African Americans: Factors in the delay in seeking emergency care.  American Journal of Public Health 84: 965-970.

Scharlach, A., Sobel, E., Roberts, R.  (1991).  Employment and caregiver strain: An integrative model.  The Gerontologist 31: 778-787.

Lanzilotti, S.S., Finestone, A.J., Sobel, E.L.  (1986).  The role of evaluation in a practice‑integrated continuing medical education program.   Mobius 6: 15‑18.