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Edwin Vanwijngaarden, Ph.D.

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Phone Numbers

Administrative: (585) 275-8784

Office: (585) 275-1985

Fax: (585) 461-4532

Research Labs

Seychelles Child Development Study

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Faculty Appointments

Biography

Research

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. He is a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology. He is Chief of the Division of Epidemiology in the Department of Public Health Sciences. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts primarily in the areas of environmental and occupational health, and in neurocognitive and neurobehavioral outcomes. He has extensive experience in managing and conducting epidemiologic studies, in leading interdisciplinary research teams, and in academic leadership.

Dr. van Wijngaarden's primary research efforts have focused on the influence of environmental exposures on cognitive outcomes in children and adults. He leads the Seychelles Child Development Study (SCDS) which for over 30 years has investigated the impact of pre- and postnatal methylmercury exposure on child development, Current SCDS research investigates how prenatal nutritional factors and genetics influence associations between prenatal methylmercury exposure and developmental outcomes, and examines longitudinal associations of cumulative postnatal methylmercury exposure with neurodevelopment over 24 years of follow up.

In addition to conducting primary research, he has significant collaborative research experience in clinical and population health research and has secondary appointments in various clinical and basic science departments. He co-directs the Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design (BERD) key function which provides support and a central source for technical collaboration to investigators for appropriate study design and statistical analysis in clinical and translational science research.

Dr. van Wijngaarden also has substantial educational experience. He is director of the Doctoral and Master's Programs in Epidemiology, leads undergraduate programs in Epidemiology and Environmental Health, and co-directs the MS in Sustainability. Additionally, he directs the newly-established and innovative Health and Epidemiology Advanced Learning (HEAL) program, a dual degree program in which students who are accepted as an undergraduate are also given conditional assurance of admission to the MS in Epidemiology. He has mentored more than 80 graduate students in public health and numerous undergraduate students. He has also mentored eight junior faculty members, and is a mentor for NIH-funded training programs in Toxicology, Environmental Biostatistics and Oral Science.

Dr. van Wijngaarden has served in various editorial roles for peer-reviewed journals, and in consulting and expert review roles at institutional, state and national levels, including study sections for federal research programs. He was a member of the chartered Science Advisory Board of the US Environmental Protection Agency.

Credentials

Education

1998
MS | Netherlands - Non-Medical School
Environmental Health Sci

2002
PhD | U of N Carolina Chapel Hill
Epidemiology

Awards

2002 - Present
Delta Omega, The Honorary Public Health Society

2000
Recipient of Kaplan Student Publication Award, Department of Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Publications

Journal Articles

11/14/2018
Irwin JL, Yeates AJ, Mulhern MS, McSorley EM, Strain JJ, Watson GE, Grzesik K, Thurston SW, Love TM, Smith TH, Mruzek DW, Shamlaye CF, Monthy C, Myers GJ, Davidson PW, van Wijngaarden E. "Maternal Gestational Immune Response and Autism Spectrum Disorder Phenotypes at 7 Years of Age in the Seychelles Child Development Study." Molecular neurobiology.. 2018 Nov 14; Epub 2018 Nov 14.

11/6/2018
Croft DP, Zhang W, Lin S, Thurston SW, Hopke PK, Masiol M, Squizzato S, van Wijngaarden E, Utell MJ, Rich DQ. "The Association between Respiratory Infection and Air Pollution in the Setting of Air Quality Policy and Economic Change." Annals of the American Thoracic Society.. 2018 Nov 6; Epub 2018 Nov 06.

11/2018
Zhang W, Lin S, Hopke PK, Thurston SW, van Wijngaarden E, Croft D, Squizzato S, Masiol M, Rich DQ. "Triggering of cardiovascular hospital admissions by fine particle concentrations in New York state: Before, during, and after implementation of multiple environmental policies and a recession." Environmental pollution.. 2018 Nov 0; 242(Pt B):1404-1416. Epub 2018 Aug 11.

Books & Chapters

2012
Chapter Title: The impact of prenatal exposure to MeHg and maternal nutritional status on child development: Findings from the Seychelles Child Development Study
Book Title: Methylmercury and Neurotoxicity
Author List: van Wijngaarden E, Myers GJ, Shamlaye CF, Strain JJ, Davidson PW
Edited By: Aschner M, Ceccatelli S
Published By: Springer Verlag GmbH 2012 in Heidelberg, Germany

2008
Chapter Title: Lead
Book Title: Encyclopedia of Cancer
Author List: van Wijngaarden, E
Published By: Springer Verlag GmbH 2008 in Heidelberg, Germany

2003
Chapter Title: Paternal occupation and childhood cancer
Book Title: Advances in Male Mediated Developmental Toxicity
Author List: Olshan AF, van Wijngaarden E
Edited By: Robaire B, Boss JM
Published By: Plenum Publishing Company 2003 in New York, NY

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