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Co-Directors of the Center:

 

Michael B. Bracken, PhD

Michael B. Bracken, PhD, MPH, FACE

Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)
Professor of Neurology
Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
Co-Director, Yale Center for Perinatal, Pediatric and Environmental Epidemiology

Phone: (203) 764-9375
Fax: (203) 764-9378
Email: michael.bracken@yale.edu

Curriculum Vitae 

 

Professor Bracken's primary research interest is the epidemiology of diseases of pregnancy, newborns and infants, emphasizing environmental and genetic risks for causation and iatrogenic factors in patient care. Professor Bracken is Co-Director of the Yale Center for Perinatal, Pediatric and Environmental Epidemiology, which conducts research in obstetric, perinatal, and neonatal disease. He has received numerous grant awards and published over 375 papers and two books: Perinatal Epidemiology (1984) and Effective Care of the Newborn Infant (with J.C. Sinclair, 1992). His new book “Risk, Chance and Causation: Investigating the Origins and Treatment of Disease” will be published by Yale University Press in spring 2013. He is an editor of the Cochrane Neonatal Review Group and teaches courses on evidence-based health care and medicine. Professor Bracken directed the National Acute Spinal Cord Injury randomized trials of therapies to reduce paralysis after injury. In 1990, this group identified the first successful therapy for acute spinal cord injury. A former President of both the American College of Epidemiology and the Society for Epidemiologic Research, Professor Bracken is a sometime Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford University and serves as consultant to national and international governmental agencies and private corporations.

 

Brian P. Leaderer, PhD

Brian P. Leaderer, PhD, MPH
Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Epidemiology (Environmental Health),
Professor of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Deputy Dean of Public Health
Co-Director, Yale Center for Perinatal, Pediatric and Environmental Epidemiology


Phone: (203) 764-9375
Fax: (203) 764-9378
Email: brian.leaderer@yale.edu

Dr. Leaderer's research interests are in the area of assessing exposures to air contaminants and assessing the health impact resulting from those exposures in both controlled human and epidemiological studies. His research is interdisciplinary in nature. While typically focusing on indoor air quality issues, its purpose is to establish a close link between exposure assessment and health and comfort effects measured in both chambers and in epidemiologic studies.

Within the context of assessing exposures, his work includes developing a theoretical framework for doing exposure assessment, determining the type and quantity of health related contaminants emitted from sources, assessing environmental concentrations and the factors impacting those concentrations, developing monitoring and modeling techniques and formulating strategies to assess exposures in epidemiologic studies.

Dr. Leaderer is the Principal Investigator on three environmental epidemiologic studies. The first is a prospective study investigating the role of indoor and outdoor air contaminant exposures on daily respiratory symptoms in 918 infants and their nonsmoking mothers. The second is a prospective study of the environmental risk factors in the development of asthma in a population of 1,000 infants followed from birth to age 10. The third study is a prospective study of the role of indoor allergens and air contaminants (indoor and outdoor) on the severity of asthma in 1,000 asthmatic children between the ages of 5 and 11. He is also a co-investigator on several other environmental epidemiologic studies, the Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Epidemiology, Deputy Dean of Public Health and Co-Director of the Yale Center for Perinatal, Pediatric and Environmental Epidemiology.

 

Deputy Director of the Center:

Janneane F. Gent, PhD

Janneane F. Gent, PhD
Research Scientist in Epidemiology (Environmental Health)

 

Phone: (203) 764-8461
Fax: (203) 764-9378
Email: janneane.gent@yale.edu

Dr. Gent’s primary research focus is the effects of air pollution on childhood asthma. She is a co-investigator on studies specifically focused on exposure to traffic, a major source of air pollution in our region. These studies take advantage of the large data base of ambient air contaminants measured by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at central monitoring sites. Using this information as well as data collected by the research team at the CPPEE inside and outside of study subjects’ homes, Dr. Gent and her colleagues hope to contribute to the understanding of public health effects of short-term exposure to traffic-related air pollution.

Dr. Gent has served as a consultant for the EPA reviewing literature on the effects of nitrogen dioxide and particles on health. Her work for the EPA contributes to the production of their Integrated Science Assessments for these pollutants. This in turn is an important step in the regulatory process that leads to the setting of the National Air Quality Standards.

Dr. Gent is also a co-investigator with Melinda Pettigrew, Ph.D., School of Public Health, Division of Microbial Diseases, on a study of microbial interactions of pathogens involved in otitis media.

 

 

Research Faculty:

Jessica Illuzzi, MD

Jessica Illuzzi, MD, MS

Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
Director of Medical Studies
Clerkship Director

Phone: (203) 764-8462
Fax: (203) 764-9378
Email: jessica.illuzzi@yale.edu

Jessica Illuzzi, MD, MS, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences. A former NIH Women’s Reproductive Health Research Scholar, she completed a graduate degree in epidemiology. Her recent work has focused on evaluating the duration of intrapartum antibiotic prophylaxis to prevent neonatal group B streptococcal disease. Her research interests center around the impact of obstetric interventions on perinatal outcomes. She also directs the Yale University School of Medicine Clerkship in Obstetrics and Gynecology; she regularly lectures, leads seminars, and is actively involved in curriculum design with strong emphasis on evidenced-based teaching in obstetrics and gynecology.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anne Marie Jukic, PhD, MSPH

Anne Marie Jukic, PhD, MSPH
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

 

Phone: (203) 764-9375
Fax: (203) 764-9378
Email:
annemarie.jukic@yale.edu

Dr. Anne Marie Jukic is a perinatal epidemiologist whose interests focus on factors related to fertility, early pregnancy development, and pregnancy outcomes. After completing a Bachelor's degree at the University of Notre Dame she joined the Peace Corps where she developed an interest in public health. She left a position in a diabetes research lab to complete a Master's degree in Epidemiology. During her graduate work she trained at the Centers for Disease Control in the Safe Motherhood Branch. She continued her graduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she completed her PhD and worked at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). During her post-doctoral fellowship at NIEHS she successfully competed for a K99/R00 grant to examine the role of vitamin D in human fertility and early pregnancy. She is continuing that research at Yale for the R00 phase of the grant. Dr. Jukic has published some of the only papers to examine vitamin D and menstrual cycle function in humans. Her other work includes developing methods for perinatal epidemiology and investigating environmental exposures (such as phthalates and bisphenol-A).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nicole C. Deziel, PhD

Nicole Cardello Deziel, MHS, PhD
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Environmental Health)

Phone: (203) 785-6062
Email: nicole.deziel@yale.edu

Dr. Nicole Deziel's research is designed to enhance understanding of the interface between exposure to environmental agents and human disease. She is focused on evaluating, improving, and developing exposure estimates for application in environmental epidemiologic studies. She investigates critical methodologic issues, such as (1) what is the relative contribution of different routes of exposure to an environmental agent, (2) what are the between- and within-participant variability in exposure measurements over time, and (3) how well do surrogate exposure measures, such as questionnaire responses or GIS-based approaches, compare to biological or environmental measurements? She has investigated these questions within the context of three classes of pollutants: pesticides, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and persistent organic pollutants. Dr. Deziel is particularly interested in women’s health and children’s health outcomes.

 

 

 

 

Affiliated Faculty:

 

Michelle L. Bell, PhDMichelle L. Bell, PhD
Mary E. Pinchot Professor of Environmental Health
Yale School of Forestry &
Environmental Studies


Phone: (203) 432-9869
Fax: (203) 432-3817
Email: michelle.bell@yale.edu

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew DeWan, PhD

Andrew DeWan, PhD
Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)


Phone: (203) 785-3528 (LEPH)
Fax: (203) 785-6980
Email: andrew.dewan@yale.edu

Andrew DeWan is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Chronic Disease Epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health where in 2012 he was selected for the Distinguished Student Mentor Award by the student body. He earned his B.S. from Brandeis University, MPH from the University of Minnesota and his PhD from Rockefeller University. He is an Editorial Board Member for the journal PLoS ONE, Case Reports in Genetics and is review editor for Frontiers in Genetics.

Professor DeWan studies how variation in the human genome contributes to complex human diseases. Using high-throughput technologies, he conducts genome-wide association studies to map disease susceptibility loci. His work also emphasizes the development of methods that improve the way in which this information is interpreted and utilized by disease researchers. He is also interested in the role that the interaction between genetic and environmental factors plays on disease susceptibility. His work mapping disease genes has led to the discovery of susceptibility loci for age-related macular degeneration, non-syndromic hearing loss, renal function and myopia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Josephine Hoh, PhD

Josephine Hoh, PhD

Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Environmental Health)
and of Ophthalmology and Visual Science


Phone: (203) 785-6831
Fax: (203) 764-9378
Email: josephine.hoh@yale.edu

Josephine Hoh, associate professor in environmental health sciences and of ophthalmology and visual science, is currently involved in interdisciplinary research to elucidate disease pathophysiology, including how the genetic factors can actually lead individuals who carrying the risk variants to be ill at one point in life, what the environmental exposures are, and how they can influence an individual’s chance of contracting the disease.

 

 

 

 

 

Theodore R. Holford, PhD

Theodore R. Holford, PhD
Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Public Health (Biostatistics) and
Professor of Statistics


Phone: (203) 785-2838
Fax: (203) 764-9378
Email: theodore.holford@yale.edu

Theodore Holford, Ph.D, is Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health (Biostatistics). His scholarly work involves the development and application of statistical methods in public health and the training of individuals developing careers in health research. He developed an approach for analyzing temporal trends in disease rates using the age-period-cohort modeling framework that has be used extensively in the analysis of cancer incidence and mortality trends. He currently has NCI funding for research that extends and applies his population model for lung cancer that can be used for evaluating cancer intervention strategies as part of the Cancer Intervention and Surveillance Modeling Network (CISNET).

 

 

 

 

Linda Mayes, MD

Linda Mayes, MD
Arnold Gesell Professor in the Child Study Center and
Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases), of Pediatrics and of Psychology
Chair, Directorial Team Anna Freud Centre at London
Special Advisor, Dean

Phone: (203) 785-7205
Fax: (203) 785-7211
Email: linda.mayes@yale.edu

 

 

 

 

Melinda Pettigrew, PhD

Melinda Pettigrew, PhD
Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs


Phone: (203) 785-5220
Fax: (203) 764-6130
Email: melinda.pettigrew@yale.edu

Melinda Pettigrew, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Microbial Diseases, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Title IX coordinator at the Yale School of Public Health. She completed a fellowship from the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women in 2013 and was a Public Voices Thought Leaders Fellow in 2014-2015. Professor Pettigrew has an international reputation in the molecular epidemiology of pediatric infectious diseases, particularly in Streptococcus pneumoniae as a cause of otitis media and community-acquired pneumonia.

 

 

 

 

Kimberly A. Yonkers, MD

Kimberly Ann Yonkers, MD
Professor of Psychiatry and of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
Director, PMS and Perinatal Psychiatric Research Program


Phone: (203) 764-6621
Fax: (203) 764-6766
Email: kimberly.yonkers@yale.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

International Affiliates:

 

Geir Jacobsen, MD, DrPHNorwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, NorwayGeir Jacobsen, MD, DrPH
Department of Public Health and General Practice
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trond
heim, Norway


Email: geir.jacobsen@ntnu.no

Dr. Geir W. Jacobsen's research interests are epidemiology and biostatistics with a focus on maternal development during pregnancy, and growth and development of the child during the neonatal period and infancy, and adolescence to young adulthood. The interest relates to an early randomised study of benefits and costs of ultrasound in pregnancy (published in Lancet, 1984). That led to involvement in a large Scandinavian multicenter study financed by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) of causes and later consequences of restricted growth in fetal life. Dr. Jacobsen was the Principal investigator and Project manager of the study over the last 12-14 years and in charge of ongoing analyses of the relation between fetal life and later growth and development. A follow up of a sample of mothers and their offspring around 25 years of age are in preparation with focus on somatic and psychomotor development, behavior, cognitive functions, education, occupation and sociodemografic variables. A cooperation has been established with local (St Olavs Hospital/University Hospital in Trondheim and Sør-Trøndelag University College), national (Universities in Tromsø, University in Bergen and National Public Health Institute) international universities and research institutions (Yale University (USA). McGill University (Canada), Vrije Universiteit (The Netherlands) and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (USA))

 

 

Marit Martinussen, MD, PhDNorwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, NorwayMarit Martinussen, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine
Children ’s and Women’s Health
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway


Email: marit.martinussen@ntnu.no

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kari R. Risnes, MDNorwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, NorwayKari R. Risnes, MD
Department Director of Research and Development/PostDoc

Department of Public Health and General Practice

Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway


Email: kari.risnes@ntnu.no

Dr. Kari Risnes's interests include premature birth, low birth weight, asthma and the improvement of health systems in low resource settings.

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