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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

6/2018
Wahlberg K, Love TM, Pineda D, Engström K, Watson GE, Thurston SW, Yeates AJ, Mulhern MS, McSorley EM, Strain JJ, Smith TH, Davidson PW, Shamlaye CF, Myers GJ, Rand MD, van Wijngaarden E, Broberg K. "Maternal polymorphisms in glutathione-related genes are associated with maternal mercury concentrations and early child neurodevelopment in a population with a fish-rich diet." Environment international.. 2018 Jun 0; 115:142-149. Epub 2018 Mar 21.

3/2018
Feiler MO, Patel D, Li H, Meacham PJ, Watson GE, Shamlaye C, Yeates A, Broberg K, van Wijngaarden E. "The association between early-life relative telomere length and childhood neurodevelopment." Neurotoxicology.. 2018 Mar 0; 65:22-27. Epub 2018 Jan 31.

2/1/2018
Caito SW, Jackson BP, Punshon T, Scrimale T, Grier A, Gill SR, Love TM, Watson GE, van Wijngaarden E, Rand MD. "Editor's Highlight: Variation in Methylmercury Metabolism and Elimination Status in Humans Following Fish Consumption." Toxicological sciences : an official journal of the Society of Toxicology.. 2018 Feb 1; 161(2):443-453.

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 GmbH2012 in Heidelberg, Germany

2008
Chapter Title: Lead
Book Title: Encyclopedia of Cancer
Author List: van Wijngaarden, E
Published By: Springer Verlag GmbH2008 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 Company2003 in New York, NY

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