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Dr. Hagai Levine
Hagai Levine Phone: +97226777452
Fax: +97226431086
Email: hlevine@hadassah.org.il
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Academic Unit:  School of Public Health
  
 
Research Fields |​ Research Interests |​ Selected Publications |​
 
 
Environmental Health
Control of Communicable Diseases
Tobacco-related Research
 
 
My main research interest is environmental health, exploring predictors and effects of exposure to modern environment and life-style (such as endocrine disrupting chemicals, air pollution) on human health, with a special focus on male reproduction. Current research projects include the study on effects of pesticide exposure on male endocrine system; study of air pollution and other risk factors for autism development; meta-analysis of determinants of temporal and spatial variability in semen quality.
 
Studies of communicable diseases include risk factors for transmission of bacterial infectious diseases (staphylococcal, pneumococcal, and streptococcal) as well as surveillance if communicable diseases, with special focus on vaccine preventable diseases.
 
Current research project in the field of tobacco-related research is the development and evaluation of a text-messaging program for smoking cessation. 
 
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Levine H, Ankol OE, Rozhavski V, Davidovitch N, Aboudy Y, Zarka S, Balicer RD. (2011). Sub-optimal prevalence of mumps antibodies in a population based study of young adults in Israel after 20 years of two dose universal vaccination policy. Vaccine. 29: 2785-90.
 
Levine H, Risphon S, Huerta-Hartal M, Davidovitch N. (2011). Preventing mumps outbreaks in confined settings: Comprehensive ring vaccination as a containment strategy. Hum Vaccin. 7: 1389-93.
 
Levine H, Balicer RD, Laor D, Grotto I. (2011). Challenges and opportunities in the Israeli 2009 pandemic influenza vaccination program. Hum Vaccin. 7: 1077-82.
 
Levine H, Zarka S, Dagan R, Sela T, Rozhavski V, Cohen DI, Balicer RD. (2012). Transmission of Streptococcus pneumoniae in adults may occur through saliva. Epidemiol Infect. 140: 561-5.
 
Levine H, Mimouni D, Grotto I, Zahavi A, Ankol O, Huerta-Hartal M. (2012). Secular and seasonal trends of infectious mononucleosis among young adults in Israel: 1978-2009. Eur J Clin Microbiol. 31 (5): 757-60.
 
Levine H, Huerta-Hartal M, Bar-Ze’ev Y, Balicer RD, Auster O, Ankol OE, Chodick G. (2012). Smoking and Other Correlates of Health Care Services Utilization Among Mandatory Military Recruits in Israel. Nicotine Tob Res. 14(6):742-50.
 
Negev M, Levine H, Davidovitch N, Bhatia R, Mindell J. (2012). Integration of Health and Environment through Health Impact Assessment: cases from three continents. Environmental Research. 114:60-7.
 
Levine H, Balicer RD, Rozhavski V, Halperin T, Shreberk M, Davidovitch N, Huerta-Hartal M, Ankol OE. (2012). Seroepidemiology of Epstein-Barr virus and cytomegalovirus among Israeli male young adults. Ann Epidemiol. 22(11):783-8.
 
Levine H*, Balicer RD*, Zarka S, Sela T, Rozhavski V, Cohen DI, Kayouf R, Ambar R, Porat N, Dagan R. (2012). Dynamics of pneumococcal acquisition and carriage in young adults during training in confined settings in Israel. PLoS One. 7(10):e46491. (*Equal contribution).
 
Berman T, Levine H, Gamzu R, Grotto I. (2012). Trends in Reproductive Health in Israel: Implications for Environmental Health Policy. Isr J Health Policy Res. 1 (1): 34.
 
Levine H, Ankol OE, Rozhavski V, Davidovitch N, Aboudy Y, Zarka S, Balicer RD. (2012) Rubella seroprevalence in the first birth cohort reaching fertility age after 20 years of two dose universal vaccination policy in Israel. Vaccine. 30(50):7260-4.
 
Levine H, Afek A, Shamiss A, Derazne E, Tzur D, Zavdy O, Barchana M, Kark JD. (2013) Risk of germ cell testicular cancer according to origin: A migrant cohort study in 1,100,000 Israeli men. Int J Cancer. 132 (8): 1878-85.
 
Levine H, Afek A, Shamiss A, Derazne E, Tzur D, Astman N, Keinan-Boker L, Mimouni D, Kark JD. (2013). Country of origin, age at migration, and risk of cutaneous melanoma: A migrant cohort study of 1,100,000 Israeli men. Int J Cancer. 133 (2): 486-94.
 
Mimouni D*, Levine H*, Tzurel Ferber A, Rajuan-Galor I, Huerta-Hartal M. (2013). Secular trends of chickenpox among military population in Israel in relation to introduction of varicella zoster vaccine 1979-2010. Hum Vaccin Immunother. 9 (6): 1303-7. (*Equal contribution).
 
Rais A, Zarka S, Derazne E, Tzur D, Calderon-Margalit R, Davidovitch N, Afek A, Carel R, Levine H. (2013). Varicocele among 1 300 000 Israeli adolescent males: time trends and association with body mass index. Andrology. 1 (5): 693-9.
 
Berman T, Goldsmith R, Göen T, Spungen J, Novak L, Levine H, Amitai Y, Shohat T, Grotto I. (2013). Urinary concentrations of environmental contaminants and phytoestrogens in adults in Israel. Environment International. 59: 478-84.
 
Berman T, Goldsmith R, Göen T, Spungen J, Novak L, Levine H, Amitai Y, Shohat T, Grotto I. (2013). Urinary concentrations of organophosphate pesticide metabolites in adults in Israel: Demographic and dietary predictors. Environment International. 60: 183-9.
 
Moran-Gilad J, Levine H, Schwartz E, Bartal C, Huerta-Hartal M, Schwaber MJ, Ostfeld I. (2013). Postexposure Prophylaxis of Tick-Borne Relapsing Fever: Lessons Learned from Recent Outbreaks in Israel. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases. 13 (11): 791-7.
 
Ereqat S, Nasereddin A, Levine H, Azmi K, Al-Jawabreh A, Greenblatt CL, Abdeen Z, Bar-Gal GK. (2013). First-Time Detection of Mycobacterium bovis in Livestock Tissues and Milk in the West Bank, Palestinian Territories. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. 7(9), e2417.
 
Levine H, Berman T, Goldsmith R, Göen T, Spungen J, Novack L, Amitai Y, Shohat T, Grotto I. (2013). Exposure to tobacco smoke based on urinary cotinine levels among Israeli smoking and nonsmoking adults: a cross-sectional analysis of the first Israeli human biomonitoring study. BMC Public Health. 13(1):1241
 
Berman T, Goldsmith R, Göen T, Spungen J, Novack L, Levine H, Amitai Y, Shohat T, Grotto I. (2014). Demographic and dietary predictors of urinary bisphenol A concentrations in adults in Israel. Int J Hyg Environ Health. 217(6): 638-44.
 
Levine H*, Mimouni D*, Zurel-Farber A, Zahavi A, Molina-Hazan V, Bar-Zeev Y, Huerta-Hartal M. (2014). Time trends of viral meningitis among young adults in Israel: 1978-2012. Eur J Clin Microbiol. 33(7):1149-53. (*Equal contribution).
 
Rosen L, Rozhavski V, Levine H, Sela T, Bar-Ze’ev Y, Molina-Hazan V, Zarka S. (2014). Smoking initiation among Israeli adolescents: A 24-year time-to-event analysis. Prev Med. 65:141-7.
 
Abroms L, Hershcovitz R, Boal A, Levine H. (2014). Feasibility and Acceptability of a Text Messaging Program for Smoking Cessation in Israel. J Health Comm. [In press]. 
 
 
 
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