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

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

Birgit Claus Henn’s research focuses on exposure to environmental toxicants and their impact on child development. She has examined associations between metals, pesticides, and other chemical exposures and neurodevelopment in multiple pediatric cohorts worldwide, spanning critical periods of development from prenatal exposure through late childhood. Dr. Claus Henn is 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 chemicals in consumer products, effects of toxicants on birth outcomes, and the development and use of novel biomarkers. Dr. Claus Henn also serves as the director of the PhD program in Environmental Health.

Metal-nutrient Mixtures in Epidemiologic and Toxicologic Studies of Cardiovascular Disease
09/04/2020 - 06/30/2023 (Subcontract PI)
The Research Foundation for The State University of New York, Stony Brook University NIH NIEHS

Manganese Exposure Windows and Neurologic function in Adolescence
09/30/2016 - 08/31/2021 (Subcontract PI)
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai NIH NIEHS

Novel Biomarker to Identify Critical Windows of Susceptibility to Metal Mixture
09/01/2016 - 08/31/2021 (Subcontract PI)
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai NIH NIEHS

The effects of multiple exposures and the risk of birth defects (project #1028)
10/05/2020 - 06/30/2021 (Subcontract PI)
Comm. of Mass./Department of Public Health HHS CDC

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

Metal Mixtures, children's cognition, and sensitive developmental windows
03/03/2015 - 12/31/2019 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences


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  1. Zhao Y, Naumova EN, Bobb JF, Claus Henn B, Singh GM. Joint Associations of Multiple Dietary Components With Cardiovascular Disease Risk: A Machine-Learning Approach. Am J Epidemiol. 2021 Jul 01; 190(7):1353-1365. PMID: 33521815
  2. Carwile JL, Seshasayee SM, Aris IM, Rifas-Shiman SL, Claus Henn B, Calafat AM, Sagiv SK, Oken E, Fleisch AF. Prospective associations of mid-childhood plasma per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances and pubertal timing. Environ Int. 2021 Jun 23; 156:106729. PMID: 34171588; DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2021.106729;
  3. Fruh V, Rifas-Shiman SL, Coull BA, Devick KL, Amarasiriwardena C, Cardenas A, Bellinger DC, Wise LA, White RF, Wright RO, Oken E, Claus Henn B. Prenatal exposure to a mixture of elements and neurobehavioral outcomes in mid-childhood: Results from Project Viva. Environ Res. 2021 Jun 21; 201:111540.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34166661; DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2021.111540;
  4. Rahman ML, Oken E, Hivert MF, Rifas-Shiman S, Lin PD, Colicino E, Wright RO, Amarasiriwardena C, Claus Henn BG, Gold DR, Coull BA, Cardenas A. Early pregnancy exposure to metal mixture and birth outcomes - A prospective study in Project Viva. Environ Int. 2021 Jun 17; 156:106714. PMID: 34147999; DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2021.106714;
  5. Zheng Y, Lin PD, Williams PL, Weisskopf MG, Cardenas A, Rifas-Shiman SL, Wright RO, Amarasiriwardena C, Henn BC, Hivert MF, Oken E, James-Todd T. Early pregnancy essential and non-essential metal mixtures and gestational glucose concentrations in the 2nd trimester: Results from project viva. Environ Int. 2021 Oct; 155:106690. PMID: 34120006; DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2021.106690;
  6. Polka E, Childs E, Friedman A, Tomsho KS, Claus Henn B, Scammell MK, Milando CW. MCR: Open-Source Software to Automate Compilation of Health Study Report-Back. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 06 05; 18(11).View Related Profiles. PMID: 34198866; PMCID: PMC8201126; DOI: 10.3390/ijerph18116104;
  7. Boselli E, Wu Z, Friedman A, Claus Henn B, Papautsky I. Validation of Electrochemical Sensor for Determination of Manganese in Drinking Water. Environ Sci Technol. 2021 06 01; 55(11):7501-7509. PMID: 34009956; DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.0c05929;
  8. Wesselink AK, Claus Henn B, Fruh V, Orta OR, Weuve J, Hauser R, Williams PL, McClean MD, Sjodin A, Bethea TN, Brasky TM, Baird DD, Wise LA. A Prospective Ultrasound Study of Plasma Polychlorinated Biphenyl Concentrations and Incidence of Uterine Leiomyomata. Epidemiology. 2021 03 01; 32(2):259-267.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33427764
  9. Orta OR, Wesselink AK, Bethea TN, Claus Henn B, Weuve J, Fruh V, McClean MD, Sjodin A, Baird DD, Wise LA. Brominated flame retardants and organochlorine pesticides and incidence of uterine leiomyomata: A prospective ultrasound study. Environ Epidemiol. 2021 Feb; 5(1):e127.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33778359; PMCID: PMC7939431; DOI: 10.1097/EE9.0000000000000127;
  10. Fruh V, Claus Henn B, Weuve J, Wesselink AK, Orta OR, Heeren T, Hauser R, Calafat AM, Williams PL, Baird DD, Wise LA. Incidence of uterine leiomyoma in relation to urinary concentrations of phthalate and phthalate alternative biomarkers: A prospective ultrasound study. Environ Int. 2021 02; 147:106218.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33360166
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