In Memory of Avima Ruder
Avima Ruder, Ph.D., former epidemiologist in the Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations, and Field Studies at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) passed away on January 26, 2017, just a month after her retirement.
Ruder devoted her 28 years at NIOSH to protecting workers from carcinogens in the workplace, and was a tireless advocate for strong science and evidence-based policies. During her time at NIOSH, Ruder provided the first human evidence that exposure to the dry-cleaning solvent perchloroethylene (or “perc”) was associated with human cancer. In her impressive research career, she published nearly 150 peer-reviewed articles and participated in numerous national and international carcinogen review panels, such as NTP, EPA, ATSDR, and IARC.
NTP would like to recognize her important contributions to the Report on Carcinogens. Ruder provided valuable input as a webinar speaker for the review of pentachlorophenol and the byproducts of its synthesis, which was listed as reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen in the 13th Report on Carcinogens. Ruder’s expertise was also essential to the recent review and change in listing status of trichloroethylene from reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen to known to be a human carcinogen in the 14th Report on Carcinogen, released on November 3, 2016.
Ruder worked diligently to serve the public and keep workers safe. Her keen intellect, wit, and generosity were cherished and welcomed by all.