Birgit G. Claus Henn, MPH, ScD
Associate Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Environmental Health

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

Birgit Claus Henn is an environmental epidemiologist who seeks to define the impacts of environmental exposures on maternal and child health. Her research focuses on chemical mixtures and their effects on child growth, neurodevelopment, and the health of pregnant and reproductive-aged women. She has examined exposure to metals, pesticides, and endocrine disrupting chemicals and associations with neurodevelopment in multiple pediatric cohorts worldwide, spanning critical periods of development from the prenatal period through adolescence. A central component of her work is estimating health effects of environmental mixtures using state-of-the-art statistical approaches.

Other research interests include the development and use of novel exposure science methods to incorporate exposure timing in epidemiologic studies, and the role of nutritional, social, and other factors in modifying and/or mediating chemical toxicity.

Dr. Claus Henn was the PI of an NIEHS K99/R00 Career Development Award to utilize novel statistical approaches for analyzing metal mixtures and neurodevelopment and is the MPI or co-investigator on multiple NIH R01s on environmental mixtures. She is also the PI of an NIEHS T32 Predoctoral Training Program and serves as the director of the PhD program in Environmental Health at BUSPH.

Environmental Epidemiology in Community Settings
07/01/2022 - 06/30/2027 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Metal mixtures, exposure windows, and neurodevelopmental trajectories from adolescence to adulthood
06/17/2022 - 03/31/2027 (Subcontract PI)
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai NIH NIEHS

Metal Mixtures and the Role of Iron Status in Early Adolescent Cognition
07/01/2022 - 06/30/2025 (Key Person / Mentor)
NIH/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Metal-nutrient Mixtures in Epidemiologic and Toxicologic Studies of Cardiovascular Disease
09/04/2020 - 06/30/2024 (Subcontract PI)
The Research Foundation for The State University of New York, Stony Brook University NIH NIEHS

The effects of multiple exposures and the risk of birth defects (project #1028)
10/05/2020 - 06/30/2023 (Subcontract PI)
Comm. of Mass./Department of Public Health HHS CDC

Exposure to metal mixtures in multiple critical periods of development and adolescent neuromotor function
09/01/2022 - 10/16/2022 (Key Person / Mentor)
NIH/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Novel Biomarker to Identify Critical Windows of Susceptibility to Metal Mixture
09/01/2016 - 08/31/2022 (Subcontract PI)
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai NIH NIEHS

Environmental Epidemiology in Community Settings
07/01/2017 - 06/30/2022 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Manganese Exposure Windows and Neurologic function in Adolescence
09/30/2016 - 06/16/2022 (Subcontract PI)
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai NIH NIEHS

The effects of multiple exposures and the risk of birth defects (project #1028)
11/25/2019 - 08/31/2020 (Subcontract PI)
Comm. of Mass./Department of Public Health HHS CDC

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  1. Schildroth S, Kordas K, White RF, Friedman A, Placidi D, Smith D, Lucchini RG, Wright RO, Horton M, Claus Henn B. An Industry-Relevant Metal Mixture, Iron Status, and Reported Attention-Related Behaviors in Italian Adolescents. Environ Health Perspect. 2024 Feb; 132(2):27008.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38363634; PMCID: PMC10871126; DOI: 10.1289/EHP12988;
  2. Schildroth S, Bethea TN, Wesselink AK, Friedman A, Fruh V, Calafat AM, Wegienka G, Gaston S, Baird DD, Wise LA, Claus Henn B. Personal Care Products, Socioeconomic Status, and Endocrine-Disrupting Chemical Mixtures in Black Women. Environ Sci Technol. 2024 Feb 27; 58(8):3641-3653.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38347750
  3. Claus Henn B, Werler MM. Environmental causes of birth defects: challenges and opportunities. Pediatr Res. 2024 Jan 23.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38263449; DOI: 10.1038/s41390-024-03051-4;
  4. Schildroth S; Bauer JA; Friedman A; Austin C; Coull BA; Placidi D; White RF; Smith D; Wright RO; Lucchini RG; Arora M; Horton M; Claus Henn B. Early life manganese exposure and reported attention-related behaviors in Italian adolescents. Environmental Epidemiology. 2023; 6(7):e274.
  5. Friedman A, Schildroth S, Bauer JA, Coull BA, Smith DR, Placidi D, Cagna G, Krengel MH, Tripodis Y, White RF, Lucchini RG, Wright RO, Horton M, Austin C, Arora M, Claus Henn B. Early-life manganese exposure during multiple developmental periods and adolescent verbal learning and memory. Neurotoxicol Teratol. 2023; 100:107307.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37832858; PMCID: PMC10834060; DOI: 10.1016/;
  6. Schildroth S, Valeri L, Kordas K, Shi B, Friedman A, Smith D, Placidi D, Wright RO, Lucchini RG, White RF, Horton M, Claus Henn B. Assessing the mediating role of iron status on associations between an industry-relevant metal mixture and verbal learning and memory in Italian adolescents. Sci Total Environ. 2024 Jan 01; 906:167435.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37774885; PMCID: PMC10918745; DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2023.167435;
  7. Claus Henn B. Invited Perspective: Metals, Micronutrients, and Mixtures-Future Directions. Environ Health Perspect. 2023 Aug; 131(8):81305. PMID: 37585347; PMCID: PMC10431466; DOI: 10.1289/EHP13177;
  8. Friedman A, Boselli E, Ogneva-Himmelberger Y, Heiger-Bernays W, Brochu P, Burgess M, Schildroth S, Denehy A, Downs T, Papautsky I, Clauss Henn B. Manganese in residential drinking water from a community-initiated case study in Massachusetts. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2024 Jan; 34(1):58-67.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37301899; PMCID: PMC10727146; DOI: 10.1038/s41370-023-00563-9;
  9. Wesselink AK, Wegienka G, Coleman CM, Geller RJ, Harmon QE, Upson K, Lovett SM, Claus Henn B, Marsh EE, Noel NL, Baird DD, Wise LA. A prospective ultrasound study of cigarette smoking and uterine leiomyomata incidence and growth. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2023 Aug; 229(2):151.e1-151.e8.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37148957; PMCID: PMC10524545; DOI: 10.1016/j.ajog.2023.04.041;
  10. Schildroth S, Friedman A, White RF, Kordas K, Placidi D, Bauer JA, Webster TF, Coull BA, Cagna G, Wright RO, Smith D, Lucchini RG, Horton M, Claus Henn B. Associations of an industry-relevant metal mixture with verbal learning and memory in Italian adolescents: The modifying role of iron status. Environ Res. 2023 May 01; 224:115457.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36773645; PMCID: PMC10117691; DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2023.115457;
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