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Edwin Vanwijngaarden, Ph.D.

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Administrative: (585) 275-8784

Office: (585) 678-6121

Fax: (585) 461-4532

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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 Associate Chair in the Department of Public Health Sciences. He has published over 140 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 work includes a NIH-funded infrastructure project which will collect additional data and biological samples needed to continue our integrative and translational science, and improve data harmonization and discovery to facilitate data access and sharing.

In addition to conducting primary research, he has significant collaborative research experience in clinical and population health research. Amongst other roles, 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. Prior to his Associate Chair role, he was director of the Doctoral and Master's Programs in Epidemiology. He was the founding director of the undergraduate public health program, and continues to direct undergraduate majors in Epidemiology and Environmental Health. Additionally, he directs the innovative Health and Epidemiology Advanced Learning (HEAL) program, a dual degree program in which students who are accepted as an undergraduate student are also given conditional assurance of admission to the MS in Epidemiology. He has mentored more than 100 graduate students in public health and numerous undergraduate students. He has also mentored nine junior faculty members, and is a mentor for NIH-funded training programs in Toxicology, Environmental Biostatistics, Oral Science, and Clinical and Translational Cancer Control Research.

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. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of the journal International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health.

Credentials

Education

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

2002
PhD | U of N Carolina Chapel Hill
Epidemiology

Awards

2018
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry Graduate Alumni Award
Location: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

2002 - Present
Delta Omega, Honorary Public Health Society

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

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Publications

Journal Articles

9/4/2021
Khalili A, van Wijngaarden E, Youssef K, Zoidl GR, Rezai P. "Microfluidic devices for behavioral screening of multiple Zebrafish Larvae: Design investigation process." Biotechnology journal.. 2021 Sep 4; :e2100076. Epub 2021 Sep 04.

9/4/2021
Spence T, Zavez A, Allsopp PJ, Conway MC, Yeates AJ, Mulhern MS, van Wijngaarden E, Strain JJ, Myers GJ, Watson GE, Davidson PW, Shamlaye CF, Thurston SW, McSorley EM. "Serum cytokines are associated with n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and not with methylmercury measured in infant cord blood in the Seychelles child development study." Environmental research.. 2021 Sep 4; :112003. Epub 2021 Sep 04.

7/26/2021
Martin H, van Wijngaarden E, Seplaki CL, Stringer J, Williams GC, Dozier AM. "Breastfeeding Motivation Predicts Infant Feeding Intention and Outcomes: Evaluation of a Novel Adaptation of the Treatment Self-Regulation Questionnaire." Journal of human lactation : official journal of International Lactation Consultant Association.. 2021 Jul 26; :8903344211032128. Epub 2021 Jul 26.

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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