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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

Williams AM, Shah R, Shayne M, Huston AJ, Krebs M, Murray N, Thompson BD, Doyle K, Korotkin J, van Wijngaarden E, Hyland S, Moynihan JA, Cory-Slechta DA, Janelsins MC. "Associations between inflammatory markers and cognitive function in breast cancer patients receiving chemotherapy." Journal of neuroimmunology.. 2018 Jan 15; 314:17-23. Epub 2017 Oct 18.

Caito SW, Jackson BP, Punshon T, Scrimale T, Grier A, Gill SR, Love TM, Watson GE, van Wijngaarden E, Rand MD. "Variation in Methylmercury Metabolism and Elimination Status (MerMES) in Humans Following Fish Consumption." Toxicological sciences : an official journal of the Society of Toxicology.. 2017 Nov 14; Epub 2017 Nov 14.

Laird E, Thurston SW, van Wijngaarden E, Shamlaye CF, Myers GJ, Davidson PW, Watson GE, McSorley EM, Mulhern MS, Yeates AJ, Ward M, McNulty H, Strain JJ. "Maternal Vitamin D Status and the Relationship with Neonatal Anthropometric and Childhood Neurodevelopmental Outcomes: Results from the Seychelles Child Development Nutrition Study." Nutrients. 2017 Nov 11; 9(11)Epub 2017 Nov 11.

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