Birgit Claus Henn, ScD
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Environmental Health

SD, Harvard School of Public Health
MPH, University of California, Berkeley School of Publi

Birgit Claus Henn’s research focuses primarily on exposure to toxic metals and their impact on child development. She has examined associations between metals exposure and neurodevelopment in multiple pediatric cohorts worldwide, spanning critical periods of development from prenatal exposure through late childhood. Dr. Claus Henn is currently the PI of an NIEHS Career Development Award to utilize novel statistical approaches for analyzing chemical mixtures data in order to understand neurodevelopmental effects of multiple metals. Other research interests include exposure to pesticides and consumer products, effects of toxicants on birth outcomes, and the development and use of novel biomarkers.

Metal Mixtures, children's cognition, and sensitive developmental windows
03/03/2015 - 12/31/2017 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Environmental

Manganese Exposure Windows and Neurologic function in Adolescence
09/30/2016 - 08/31/2017 (PI)
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai NIH NIEHS

Novel Biomarker to Identify Critical Windows of Susceptibility to Metal Mixture
09/01/2016 - 08/31/2017 (PI)
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai NIH NIEHS

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  1. Chiu YM, Claus Henn B, Hsu HL, Pendo MP, Coull BA, Austin C, Cagna G, Fedrighi C, Placidi D, Smith DR, Wright RO, Lucchini RG, Arora M. Sex differences in sensitivity to prenatal and early childhood manganese exposure on neuromotor function in adolescents. Environ Res. 2017 Aug 28; 159:458-465. PMID: 28858760; DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2017.08.035;.
  2. Wang Z, Claus Henn B, Wang C, Wei Y, Su L, Sun R, Chen H, Wagner PJ, Lu Q, Lin X, Wright R, Bellinger D, Kile M, Mazumdar M, Tellez-Rojo MM, Schnaas L, Christiani DC. Genome-wide gene by lead exposure interaction analysis identifies UNC5D as a candidate gene for neurodevelopment. Environ Health. 2017 Jul 28; 16(1):81. PMID: 28754176; DOI: 10.1186/s12940-017-0288-3;.
  3. Muñoz-Rocha TV, Tamayo Y Ortiz M, Romero M, Pantic I, Schnaas L, Bellinger D, Claus-Henn B, Wright R, Wright RO, Téllez-Rojo MM. Prenatal co-exposure to manganese and depression and 24-months neurodevelopment. Neurotoxicology. 2017 Jul 17. PMID: 28728787; DOI: 10.1016/j.neuro.2017.07.007;.
  4. Claus Henn B, Bellinger DC, Hopkins MR, Coull BA, Ettinger AS, Jim R, Hatley E, Christiani DC, Wright RO. Maternal and Cord Blood Manganese Concentrations and Early Childhood Neurodevelopment among Residents near a Mining-Impacted Superfund Site. Environ Health Perspect. 2017 Jun 28; 125(6):067020. PMID: 28665786; DOI: 10.1289/EHP925;.
  5. Valeri L, Mazumdar MM, Bobb JF, Claus Henn B, Rodrigues E, Sharif OIA, Kile ML, Quamruzzaman Q, Afroz S, Golam M, Amarasiriwardena C, Bellinger DC, Christiani DC, Coull BA, Wright RO. The Joint Effect of Prenatal Exposure to Metal Mixtures on Neurodevelopmental Outcomes at 20-40 Months of Age: Evidence from Rural Bangladesh. Environ Health Perspect. 2017 Jun 26; 125(6):067015. PMID: 28669934.
  6. Harley KG, Berger K, Rauch S, Kogut K, Claus Henn B, Calafat AM, Huen K, Eskenazi B, Holland N. Association of prenatal urinary phthalate metabolite concentrations and childhood BMI and obesity. Pediatr Res. 2017 Sep; 82(3):405-415. PMID: 28426647; DOI: 10.1038/pr.2017.112;.
  7. 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;.
  8. Claus Henn B, Ettinger AS, Hopkins MR, Jim R, Amarasiriwardena C, Christiani DC, Coull BA, Bellinger DC, Wright RO. Prenatal Arsenic Exposure and Birth Outcomes among a Population Residing near a Mining-Related Superfund Site. Environ Health Perspect. 2016 Aug; 124(8):1308-15. PMID: 26859631; PMCID: PMC4977047; DOI: 10.1289/ehp.1510070;.
  9. Sanders AP, Claus Henn B, Wright RO. Perinatal and Childhood Exposure to Cadmium, Manganese, and Metal Mixtures and Effects on Cognition and Behavior: A Review of Recent Literature. Curr Environ Health Rep. 2015 Sep; 2(3):284-94. PMID: 26231505; PMCID: PMC4531257; DOI: 10.1007/s40572-015-0058-8;.
  10. von Stackelberg K, Guzy E, Chu T, Claus Henn B. Exposure to Mixtures of Metals and Neurodevelopmental Outcomes: A Multidisciplinary Review Using an Adverse Outcome Pathway Framework. Risk Anal. 2015 Jun; 35(6):971-1016. PMID: 26096925; DOI: 10.1111/risa.12425;.
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