Thomas F. Webster, DSc
Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Environmental Health

DSc, Boston University School of Public Health



Tom Webster has several main research areas: 1) exposure routes and health hazards of chemicals used in consumer products, especially flame retardants, plasticizers and emerging compounds, as well as perfluoralkyl compounds (PFCs) that are also found in water; 2) health impacts of exposure to mixtures of chemicals, with applications in toxicology and epidemiology; 3) endocrine disruption; 4) methodological aspects of environmental epidemiology, particularly causal inference, ecologic bias, the use of combinations of individual and group level data, and disease mapping and clusters. Like the rest of my department, I am very interested in the community context of environmental health.

Dr. Webster served on the National Research Council’s Subcommittee on Fluoride in Drinking Water and the Institute of Medicine's Committee on Making Best Use of the Agent Orange Exposure Reconstruction Model.

The work of Dr. Webster and his colleagues and students has been featured in Environmental Health Perspectives ("PFCs and Cholesterol: A Sticky Connection," "Unwelcome Guest: PBDEs in Indoor Dust"), Bostonia Magazine ("Trouble at Home," "You Are What You Eat, Including Your Sofa"), Discovery News ("Handwashing Cuts Flame Retardant Exposure") and the National Public Radio show "Living on Earth," among other places.
Tom Webster has several main research areas: 1) exposure routes and health hazards of chemicals used in consumer products, especially polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), other flame retardants, and perfluoralkyl compounds (PFCs); 2) mixtures of chemicals (with applications in toxicology and epidemiology); 3) endocrine disruption; 4) methodological aspects of environmental epidemiology, particularly issues in spatial epidemiology such as disease mapping and clusters, ecologic bias, and the use of combinations of individual and group level data. Like the rest of my department, I am very interested in the community context of environmental health.

Dr. Webster served on the National Research Council’s Subcommittee on Fluoride in Drinking Water and the Institute of Medicine's Committee on Making Best Use of the Agent Orange Exposure Reconstruction Model.

To learn more about Dr. Webster’s research and publications (including reprints of many), visit his website at : http://www.cireeh.org/pmwiki.php/Main/Webster

The work of Dr. Webster and his colleagues and students has been featured in Environmental Health Perspectives ("PFCs and Cholesterol: A Sticky Connection," "Unwelcome Guest: PBDEs in Indoor Dust"), Bostonia agazine ("Trouble at Home," "You Are What You Eat, Including Your Sofa"), Discovery News ("Handwashing Cuts Flame Retardant Exposure") and the National Public Radio show "Living on Earth," among other places.


Exposure of Young Children to Residential SVOCs
09/01/2014 - 08/31/2018 (PI)
Duke University Env Protection Agy


Novel Analytical and Experimental Approaches for Predicting the Biological Effects of Mixtures
09/30/2017 - 06/30/2018 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Environmental
1R01ES027813-01A1

Children's Exposure to SVOC Mixtures Indoors and Associations with Obesity
07/01/2014 - 06/30/2018 (PI)
Duke University NIH NIEHS
R01ES016099

Longitudinal associations of PFCs with obesity, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome
03/01/2015 - 02/28/2018 (PI)
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care NIH NIEHS
5R01ES024765-03

Measuring Human Exposure to PBDEs
07/09/2008 - 05/31/2014 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Environmental
5R01ES015829-04

SUPERFUND BASIC RESEARCH PROGRAM AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY
04/01/2009 - 03/31/2013 (Co-PI)
PI: David M. Ozonoff, MD
NIH/National Institute of Environmental
3P42ES007381-15S5

Measuring Human Exposure to PBDEs (Administrative Supplement)
09/06/2009 - 08/31/2011 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Environmental
3R01ES015829-02S2

EPA Fellowship Award (STAR Fellowship)
09/02/2004 - 09/01/2008 (Dept Sponsor)
Environmental Protection Agency

The Greater Boston PBDE Body Burden Project
05/01/2003 - 04/30/2005 (PI)
New York Community Trust




Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2017 Novel Analytical and Experimental Approaches for Predicting the Biological Effects of Mixtures 1R01ES027813-01A1
2011 Measuring Human Exposure to PBDEs 5R01ES015829-04 24
2010 Measuring Human Exposure to PBDEs 5R01ES015829-03 24
2009 Measuring Human Exposure to PBDEs 3R01ES015829-02S2 24
2009 Measuring Human Exposure to PBDEs 5R01ES015829-02 24
2009 Research Project 2: Analyzing Patterns in Epidemiologic and Toxicologic Data 5P42ES007381-15-18 314
2008 Measuring Human Exposure to PBDEs 1R01ES015829-01A1 24
2008 Research Project 2: Analyzing Patterns in Epidemiologic and Toxicologic Data 5P42ES007381-14-18 314
2007 Research Project 2: Analyzing Patterns in Epidemiologic and Toxicologic Data 5P42ES007381-13-18 314
2006 Research Project 2: Analyzing Patterns in Epidemiologic and Toxicologic Data 5P42ES007381-12-18 314
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  1. Cardenas A, Gold DR, Hauser R, Kleinman KP, Hivert MF, Calafat AM, Ye X, Webster TF, Horton ES, Oken E. Plasma Concentrations of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances at Baseline and Associations with Glycemic Indicators and Diabetes Incidence among High-Risk Adults in the Diabetes Prevention Program Trial. Environ Health Perspect. 2017 Oct 02; 125(10):107001. PMID: 28974480.
  2. Weisskopf MG, Webster TF. Trade-offs of Personal Versus More Proxy Exposure Measures in Environmental Epidemiology. Epidemiology. 2017 Sep; 28(5):635-643. PMID: 28520644.
  3. Makey CM, Webster TF, Martin JW, Shoeib M, Harner T, Dix-Cooper L, Webster GM. Airborne Precursors Predict Maternal Serum Perfluoroalkyl Acid Concentrations. Environ Sci Technol. 2017 Jul 05; 51(13):7667-7675. PMID: 28535063.
  4. Harris MH, Rifas-Shiman SL, Calafat AM, Ye X, Mora AM, Webster TF, Oken E, Sagiv SK. Predictors of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substance (PFAS) Plasma Concentrations in 6-10 Year Old American Children. Environ Sci Technol. 2017 May 02; 51(9):5193-5204.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28325044; DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b05811;.
  5. Gallagher LG, Webster TF, Aschengrau A. Exploring associations between prenatal solvent exposures and teenage drug and alcohol use: a retrospective cohort study. Environ Health. 2017 Mar 11; 16(1):26.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28283038; DOI: 10.1186/s12940-017-0232-6;.
  6. Hoffman K, Butt CM, Webster TF, Preston EV, Hammel SC, Makey C, Lorenzo AM, Cooper EM, Carignan C, Meeker JD, Hauser R, Soubry A, Murphy SK, Price TM, Hoyo C, Mendelsohn E, Congleton J, Daniels JL, Stapleton HM. Temporal Trends in Exposure to Organophosphate Flame Retardants in the United States. Environ Sci Technol Lett. 2017 Mar 14; 4(3):112-118. PMID: 28317001; DOI: 10.1021/acs.estlett.6b00475;.
  7. Kassotis CD, Masse L, Kim S, Schlezinger JJ, Webster TF, Stapleton HM. Characterization of Adipogenic Chemicals in Three Different Cell Culture Systems: Implications for Reproducibility Based on Cell Source and Handling. Sci Rep. 2017 Feb 08; 7:42104.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28176856; DOI: 10.1038/srep42104;.
  8. Preston EV, McClean MD, Claus Henn B, Stapleton HM, Braverman LE, Pearce EN, Makey CM, Webster TF. Associations between urinary diphenyl phosphate and thyroid function. Environ Int. 2017 Apr; 101:158-164.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28162782; DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2017.01.020;.
  9. Taylor KW, Joubert BR, Braun JM, Dilworth C, Gennings C, Hauser R, Heindel JJ, Rider CV, Webster TF, Carlin DJ. Statistical Approaches for Assessing Health Effects of Environmental Chemical Mixtures in Epidemiology: Lessons from an Innovative Workshop. Environ Health Perspect. 2016 Dec 01; 124(12):A227-A229. PMID: 27905274.
  10. Aschengrau A, Gallagher LG, Winter MR, Vieira VM, Janulewicz PA, Webster TF, Ozonoff DM. No Association Between Unintentional Head Injuries and Early-Life Exposure to Tetrachloroethylene (PCE)-Contaminated Drinking Water. J Occup Environ Med. 2016 Oct; 58(10):1040-1045.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27513173.
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Bar chart showing 114 publications over 20 distinct years, with a maximum of 15 publications in 2016

YearPublications
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19981
19991
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20031
20041
20052
20062
20074
200812
20098
201013
201110
201211
20138
20146
20157
201615
20178
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