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 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
2T32ES014562-16

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
2R01ES019222-11A1

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
1F31ES033507-01A1

Exposure to metal mixtures in multiple critical periods of development and adolescent neuromotor function
09/01/2022 - 08/31/2023 (Key Person / Mentor)
NIH/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
1F31ES033558-01A1

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
5U01DD001224-03-00

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
5R01ES030938-02

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
5R01ES026033-05

Environmental Epidemiology in Community Settings
07/01/2017 - 06/30/2022 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
5T32ES014562-15

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
5R01ES019222-10

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
5U01DD001224-02-00

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  1. Crawford KA, Doherty BT, Gilbert-Diamond D, Romano ME, Claus Henn B. Waxing activity as a potential source of exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and other environmental contaminants among the US ski and snowboard community. Environ Res. 2022 Dec; 215(Pt 3):114335. PMID: 36150439; DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2022.114335;
     
  2. Geller RJ, Wesselink AK, Upson K, Claus Henn B, Schildroth S, Wright R, Coleman CM, Willis MD, Bethea TN, Williams PL, Harmon QE, Baird DD, Wegienka G, Wise LA. Correlates of whole blood metal concentrations among reproductive-aged Black women. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2022 Sep 14.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36104525; DOI: 10.1038/s41370-022-00477-y;
     
  3. Schildroth S, Kordas K, Bauer JA, Wright RO, Claus Henn B. Environmental Metal Exposure, Neurodevelopment, and the Role of Iron Status: a Review. Curr Environ Health Rep. 2022 Dec; 9(4):758-787. PMID: 35997893; DOI: 10.1007/s40572-022-00378-0;
     
  4. Schildroth S, Friedman A, Bauer JA, Claus Henn B. Associations of a metal mixture with iron status in U.S. adolescents: Evidence from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. New Dir Child Adolesc Dev. 2022 Mar; 2022(181-182):67-89. PMID: 35445799; PMCID: PMC9492632; DOI: 10.1002/cad.20457;
     
  5. Schildroth S, Wise LA, Wesselink AK, Bethea TN, Fruh V, Taylor KW, Calafat AM, Baird DD, Claus Henn B. Correlates of non-persistent endocrine disrupting chemical mixtures among reproductive-aged Black women in Detroit, Michigan. Chemosphere. 2022 Jul; 299:134447.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35358566; PMCID: PMC9215202; DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2022.134447;
     
  6. Devick KL, Bobb JF, Mazumdar M, Claus Henn B, Bellinger DC, Christiani DC, Wright RO, Williams PL, Coull BA, Valeri L. Bayesian kernel machine regression-causal mediation analysis. Stat Med. 2022 02 28; 41(5):860-876. PMID: 34993981; PMCID: PMC9150437; DOI: 10.1002/sim.9255;
     
  7. Smith AR, Lin PD, Rifas-Shiman SL, Rahman ML, Gold DR, Baccarelli AA, Claus Henn B, Amarasiriwardena C, Wright RO, Coull B, Hivert MF, Oken E, Cardenas A. Prospective Associations of Early Pregnancy Metal Mixtures with Mitochondria DNA Copy Number and Telomere Length in Maternal and Cord Blood. Environ Health Perspect. 2021 11; 129(11):117007. PMID: 34797165; PMCID: PMC8604047; DOI: 10.1289/EHP9294;
     
  8. Friedman A, Bauer JA, Austin C, Downs TJ, Tripodis Y, Heiger-Bernays W, White RF, Arora M, Claus Henn B. Multiple metals in children's deciduous teeth: results from a community-initiated pilot study. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2022 May; 32(3):408-417.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34750512; PMCID: PMC9079191; DOI: 10.1038/s41370-021-00400-x;
     
  9. Schildroth S, Wise LA, Wesselink AK, De La Cruz P, Bethea TN, Weuve J, Fruh V, Botelho JC, Sjodin A, Calafat AM, Baird DD, Claus Henn B. Correlates of Persistent Endocrine-Disrupting Chemical Mixtures among Reproductive-Aged Black Women. Environ Sci Technol. 2021 10 19; 55(20):14000-14014.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34591461; PMCID: PMC9215200; DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.1c02549;
     
  10. Bauer JA, White RF, Coull BA, Austin C, Oppini M, Zoni S, Fedrighi C, Cagna G, Placidi D, Guazzetti S, Yang Q, Bellinger DC, Webster TF, Wright RO, Smith D, Horton M, Lucchini RG, Arora M, Claus Henn B. Critical windows of susceptibility in the association between manganese and neurocognition in Italian adolescents living near ferro-manganese industry. Neurotoxicology. 2021 12; 87:51-61.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34478771; PMCID: PMC8595706; DOI: 10.1016/j.neuro.2021.08.014;
     
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