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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

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adrienne S. Ettinger, ScD, MPH, MS

Adrienne S. Ettinger, ScD, MPH, MS
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Phone: (203) 764-9375
Fax: (203) 764-9378
Email: adrienne.ettinger@yale.edu

Dr. Ettinger’s research focuses on the effects of environmental exposures on reproductive, perinatal, and children's health. A major objective of her work is to understand how common genetic variants, epigenetic events, and dietary nutrients may modify susceptibility to environmental exposures in the maternal-fetal unit and, ultimately, impact toxicant-induced pregnancy and developmental outcomes. Her research involves the epidemiologic analysis of environmental exposure to metals (arsenic, cadmium, lead, manganese, mercury, uranium) and the associated human health effects in several new and ongoing longitudinal birth cohort studies being carried out in the U.S. and abroad.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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
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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Post-Doctoral Associates:

 

Gavin Pereira, PhD

Gavin Pereira, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Phone: 203-764-9767
Email: gavin.pereira@yale.edu

 

 

 

 

 

Affiliates:

Geir Jacobsen, MD, DrPHGeir Jacobsen, MD, DrPH
Professor in Community Medicine
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trond
heim, Norway


Email: geir.jacobsen@ntnu.no

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marit Martinussen, MD, PhDMarit Martinussen, MD, PhD
Senior Research Fellow, Department of Laboratory Medicine
Women’s and Children’s Health
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trond
heim, Norway


Email: marit.martinussen@ntnu.no

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kari R. Risnes, MDKari R. Risnes, MD
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway


Email: kari.risnes@ntnu.no

 

 

 

 

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