Edwin VanWijngaarden, Ph.D.

Edwin VanWijngaarden, Ph.D.

Contact Information

Public Health Sciences
265 Crittenden Blvd.
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 275-1985
Fax: (585) 461-4532
Administrative: (585) 275-8784

Research Bio

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.

Awards & Honors (Local)

Delta Omega, The Honorary Public Health Society 2002 - Present
Recipient of Kaplan Student Publication Award, Department of Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2000

Recent Journal Articles

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van Wijngaarden E, Thurston SW, Myers GJ, Harrington D, Cory-Slechta DA, Strain JJ, Watson GE, Zareba G, Love T, Henderson J, Shamlaye CF, Davidson PW. "Methyl mercury exposure and neurodevelopmental outcomes in the Seychelles Child Development Study Main cohort at age 22 and 24years." Neurotoxicology and teratology. 2017 59:35-42. Epub 2016 Oct 28.
2016 Sep
Engström K, Love TM, Watson GE, Zareba G, Yeates A, Wahlberg K, Alhamdow A, Thurston SW, Mulhern M, McSorley EM, Strain JJ, Davidson PW, Shamlaye CF, Myers GJ, Rand MD, van Wijngaarden E, Broberg K. "Polymorphisms in ATP-binding cassette transporters associated with maternal methylmercury disposition and infant neurodevelopment in mother-infant pairs in the Seychelles Child Development Study." Environment international. 2016 Sep; 94:224-9. Epub 2016 Jun 02.
2016 Sep
Herr MM, Mohile NA, Barr PM, van Wijngaarden E, Brown EB, Rich DQ. "Survival of Secondary Central Nervous System Lymphoma Patients in the Rituximab Era." Clinical lymphoma, myeloma & leukemia. 2016 Sep; 16(9):e123-e127. Epub 2016 Jun 08.
2016 Aug
Herr MM, Mohile NA, van Wijngaarden E, Brown EB, Rich DQ. "Antidepressant use and risk of central nervous system metastasis." Journal of neuro-oncology. 2016 Aug; 129(1):179-87. Epub 2016 Jun 11.
2016 Jul
Wasserman EB, Bazarian JJ, Mapstone M, Block R, van Wijngaarden E. "Academic Dysfunction After a Concussion Among US High School and College Students." American journal of public health. 2016 Jul; 106(7):1247-53. Epub 2016 May 19.

Current Appointments

Associate Professor - Department of Public Health Sciences (SMD) - Primary
Associate Professor - Department of Dentistry (SMD)
Associate Professor - Department of Environmental Medicine (SMD)
Associate Professor - Department of Pediatrics (SMD)
Associate Professor - Center for Community Health


PhD | Epidemiology | U of N Carolina Chapel Hill2002
MS | Environmental Health Sci | Netherlands - Non-Medical School1998