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Edwin VanWijngaarden, Ph.D.

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Administrative: (585) 275-8784

Office: (585) 275-1985

Fax: (585) 461-4532



Edwin van Wijngaarden, Ph.D. is Chief of the Division of Epidemiology and Director of the PhD and MS programs 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 95 peer-reviewed manuscripts primarily in the areas of environmental and occupational health. Since 2004, 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 70 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. He has served in consulting and expert review roles at institutional, state and national levels, including study sections for federal research programs, and has served as Associate Editor of two peer-reviewed scientific journals. Dr. van Wijngaarden is a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology (ACE) and a member of the chartered Science Advisory Board of the US Environmental Protection Agency.


Faculty Appointments


MS | Netherlands - Non-Medical School
Environmental Health Sci

PhD | U of N Carolina Chapel Hill


2002 - Present
Delta Omega, The Honorary Public Health Society

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


Journal Articles

Majeed Z, van Wijngaarden E, Dolan JG, Shah KN. "Depression partially mediated the relationship between basic psychological needs and quality of life among people living with HIV." AIDS care.. 2017 Nov 0; 29(11):1399-1403. Epub 2017 Mar 05.

Yeates AJ, Thurston SW, Li H, Mulhern MS, McSorley EM, Watson GE, Shamlaye CF, Strain JJ, Myers GJ, Davidson PW, van Wijngaarden E, Broberg K. "PUFA Status and Methylmercury Exposure Are Not Associated with Leukocyte Telomere Length in Mothers or Their Children in the Seychelles Child Development Study." The Journal of nutrition.. 2017 Oct 4; Epub 2017 Oct 04.

Llop S, Tran V, Ballester F, Barbone F, Sofianou-Katsoulis A, Sunyer J, Engström K, Alhamdow A, Love TM, Watson GE, Bustamante M, Murcia M, Iñiguez C, Shamlaye CF, Rosolen V, Mariuz M, Horvat M, Tratnik JS, Mazej D, van Wijngaarden E, Davidson PW, Myers GJ, Rand MD, Broberg K. "CYP3A genes and the association between prenatal methylmercury exposure and neurodevelopment." Environment international.. 2017 Aug 0; 105:34-42. Epub 2017 May 10.

Books & Chapters

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

Chapter Title: Lead
Book Title: Encyclopedia of Cancer
Author List: van Wijngaarden, E
Published By: Springer Verlag GmbH2008 in Heidelberg, Germany

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