Edwin VanWijngaarden, Ph.D.

Edwin VanWijngaarden, Ph.D.

Contact Information

Public Health Sciences
265 Crittenden Blvd.
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 275-1985
Fax: (585) 461-4532
Administrative: (585) 275-8784

Research Bio

Edwin van Wijngaarden, Ph.D. is Chief of the Division of Epidemiology and Director of the Doctoral Program in Epidemiology. Dr. van Wijngaarden received an MSc in Environmental Sciences from Wageningen University in The Netherlands, and a PhD in Epidemiology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. van Wijngaarden has extensive experience in managing and conducting epidemiologic studies and in academic leadership. He has authored over 80 peer-reviewed manuscripts primarily in the areas of environmental and occupational health. For the past 10 years, his research has focused on the potential effects of exposure to metals and pesticides on nervous system outcomes in children and older adults.

These studies include the Seychelles Child Development Study which investigates the impact of pre- and postnatal methylmercury exposure on child development, and research investigating the association between environmental lead exposure and markers of physiological stress and cognitive function in older adults. He has advised more than 60 graduate students in public health on their Master's theses and doctoral dissertation research projects, and advises undergraduate students majoring in Epidemiology or Environmental Health. He has collaborated on a wide variety of clinical and epidemiological research projects within and outside the Medical Center. Dr. van Wijngaarden is a member of the American College of Epidemiology (ACE) and Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER). He is an Associate Editor for the scientific journal Neurotoxicology, is currently a member of the Publications Committee of ACE, and has served as peer reviewer for more than 30 scientific journals.

Awards & Honors (Local)

Delta Omega, The Honorary Public Health Society 2002 - Present
Recipient of Kaplan Student Publication Award, Department of Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2000

Recent Journal Articles

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2015 Nov 15
Rand MD, Vorojeikina D, van Wijngaarden E, Jackson BP, Scrimale T, Zareba G, Love TM, Myers GJ, Watson G. "Methods for individualized determination of methylmercury elimination rate and de-methylation status in humans following fish consumption." Toxicological sciences : an official journal of the Society of Toxicology. 2015 Nov 15; Epub 2015 Nov 15.
2015 Nov 9
Williams AM, Janelsins MC, van Wijngaarden E. "Cognitive function in cancer survivors: analysis of the 1999-2002 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey." Supportive care in cancer : official journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer. 2015 Nov 9; Epub 2015 Nov 09.
2015 Oct 5
Jungquist CR, Mund J, Aquilina AT, Klingman K, Pender J, Ochs-Balcom H, van Wijngaarden E, Dickerson SS. "Validation of the BRFSS Sleep Questions." Journal of clinical sleep medicine : JCSM : official publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. 2015 Oct 5; Epub 2015 Oct 05.
2015 Mar
Strain J, Yeates AJ, van Wijngaarden E, Thurston SW, Mulhern MS, McSorley EM, Watson GE, Love TM, Smith TH, Yost K, Harrington D, Shamlaye CF, Henderson J, Myers GJ, Davidson PW. "Prenatal exposure to methyl mercury from fish consumption and polyunsaturated fatty acids: associations with child development at 20 mo of age in an observational study in the Republic of Seychelles." The American journal of clinical nutrition. 2015 Mar; 101(3):530-7. Epub 2015 Jan 21.
2015 Feb 1
Myers GJ, Davidson PW, Watson GE, van Wijngaarden E, Thurston SW, Strain JJ, Shamlaye CF, Bovet P. "Methylmercury exposure and developmental neurotoxicity." Bulletin of the World Health Organization. 2015 Feb 1; 93(2):132. Epub 2014 Dec 19.

Current Appointments

Associate Professor - Department of Public Health Sciences (SMD) - Primary
Associate Professor - Department of Dentistry (SMD)
Associate Professor - Department of Environmental Medicine (SMD)
Associate Professor - Department of Pediatrics (SMD)
Associate Professor - Center for Community Health


PhD | Epidemiology | U of N Carolina Chapel Hill2002
MS | Environmental Health Sci | Netherlands - Non-Medical School1998