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Edwin VanWijngaarden, Ph.D.

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Administrative: (585) 275-8784

Fax: (585) 461-4532

Office: (585) 275-1985



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


PhD | U of N Carolina Chapel Hill

MS | Netherlands - Non-Medical School
Environmental Health Sci


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 Mar 5; :1-5. Epub 2017 Mar 05.

Augustine EF, Adams HR, Bitsko RH, van Wijngaarden E, Claussen AH, Thatcher A, Hanks CE, Lewin AB, O'Connor TG, Vierhile A, Danielson ML, Kurlan R, Murphy TK, Mink JW. "Design of a Multisite Study Assessing the Impact of Tic Disorders on Individuals, Families, and Communities." Pediatric neurology.. 2017 Mar 0; 68:49-58.e3. Epub 2016 Nov 08.

Abdolahi A, Williams GC, Benesch CG, Wang HZ, Spitzer EM, Scott BE, Block RC, van Wijngaarden E. "Immediate and sustained decrease in smoking urges after acute insular cortex damage." Nicotine & tobacco research : official journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco.. 2017 Feb 11; Epub 2017 Feb 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