Jennifer Weuve, MPH, ScD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology of the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH). In her research, she pursues answers to questions in two major realms of human health: (1) the forces that accelerate the aging of the brain and body, and (2) the health effects of being exposed to environmental toxicants. Underlying all of her research is a foundation in epidemiologic methods. Dr. Weuve is PI or co-investigator of several projects that encompass both of these realms. For example, she is PI of two NIH-funded epidemiologic studies of air pollution and dementia risk. The first study, the Air-Noise-Dementia Study (ANDS) examines the hypothesis that long-term exposure to air pollution and noise from the community affect brain changes that we can see on magnetic resonance images (MRI) and, ultimately, the development of dementia. The second study is entitled “Air Pollution and Alzheimer's Dementia: Neuropathologic and Olfactory Mechanisms in Multi-Ethnic Longitudinal Cohorts Dementia” (AERONoSE). With engagement of a cross-disciplinary team including Dr. Jayant Pinto (University of Chicago), this study evaluates olfactory pathways linking air pollution exposure to dementia risk. With other co-PIs, Dr. Weuve validated a portable XRF instrument for quantifying lead in bone and mercury and manganese in toe nail (NIEHS). Such an instrument potentially could be used in large-scale investigations into the health effects of cumulative exposures to these metals. Collectively, these projects comprise a foundation for extending inquiries in numerous informative directions, such as the role of environmental injustice in producing dementia inequities. Dr. Weuve is a member of the editorial board of EPIDEMIOLOGY. She is also Co-Director of the international initiative, MEthods in LOngitudinal research on DEMentia (MELODEM) and PI of the NIH grant that supports it. Dr. Weuve earned degrees in epidemiology at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health (MPH) and the T.H. Chan Harvard School of Public Health (ScD), and held a post-doctoral fellowship in environmental health at the T.H. Chan Harvard School of Public Health. Prior to joining BUSPH, she was on the faculty of the Rush Institute for Healthy Aging in Chicago.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility
I view principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) as goals unto themselves, in addition to being essential to advancing the health of the whole public. I strongly value these principles and strive to embed them in the research questions I ask and how I conduct research, my approach to mentoring and teaching, and my engagement with institutional and professional policies and practices. My enactment of these principles is an ongoing process of learning, adapting, and growing—a process grounded in humility, particularly given that my privilege and career stage can spawn complacency. Instead, I pledge to use my privilege and career stage to create space for, support, amplify, and even lead voices and actions consistent with DEIJ. Examples of how I use or have used advocacy and allyship to promote DEIJ principles:
- Co-wrote more than 15 research papers and commentaries on racial inequities in health and environmental toxicant exposures (e.g., PMID 35388413; PMID 34668951; PMID 34366109; PMC8824673; PMC5718953; PMC7994206), which included intentional partnerships with scholars in racism and social and other structural determinants of health.
- Advocate for the thoughtful use of data related to sex/gender and race/racism, encouraging collaborators and consulting clients to consider the implied questions being addressed by rote analytical practices – and to steer away from analyses that imply questions that are etiologically uninformative about or even damaging to marginalized communities that bear the greatest risks for the condition under study.
- Support early-career researchers (ECRs) pursuing research in social determinants of health, including racism.
- Participant in “Moving toward best practices for research on racial and ethnic inequalities in cognitive aging and dementia,” Advanced Psychometrics Methods Workshop, UC Davis/NIH-NIA (2022).
- Provide formal and informal mentoring on public health research and related careers to ECRs from groups underrepresented in the research academy.
- Provide guidance on applying to epidemiology PhD programs to first-generation (broadly defined) persons and persons from other groups underrepresented in such programs.
- Inherent in these mentoring and advising roles is the exposing the "hidden curricula" of planning for graduate education and career advancement in epidemiology.
- Conducted a guided assessment of the syllabus of doctoral course in epidemiology (EP855), incorporating principles of DEIJ in the syllabus and materials.
- With input from teaching assistants, students, and other sources, revised materials of two courses and guest lectures to more comprehensively reflect principles of DEIJ.
- Revised guest lecture on racial inequities in dementia to emphasize historical and structural explanations.
- Developed introductory text for all courses taught (shown in syllabi and announced in class) that establishes an environment that fosters inclusion and growth.
- Leadership team member of MELODEM, which has prioritized creating opportunities for early-career dementia scholars from groups underincluded and underrepresented in dementia research.
Service to the profession and institutions
- Peer reviewer, Diversity and Disparities Lexicon, Alzheimer’s Association (2022).
- Member of the Health Equity Workgroup of the 2022 ADRD Summit, an NIH/NINDS federal advisory committee (2021-2022).
- Founder and co-chair, DEIJ Working Group of the Society for Epidemiology Research (SER; 2016), a group that became a standing committee (2019). Co-authored 3 peer-reviewed papers reporting findings from assessments of diversity and inclusion in SER (i.e., PMC7666411, PMID 31907518, PMC7670874).
- Member, Provost’s Committee on Gender Issues, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL (2010-2013).
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Daneshvar DH, Nair ES, Baucom ZH, Rasch A, Abdolmohammadi B, Uretsky M, Saltiel N, Shah A, Jarnagin J, Baugh CM, Martin BM, Palmisano JN, Cherry JD, Alvarez VE, Huber BR, Weuve J, Nowinski CJ, Cantu RC, Zafonte RD, Dwyer B, Crary JF, Goldstein LE, Kowall NW, Katz DI, Stern RA, Tripodis Y, Stein TD, McClean MD, Alosco ML, McKee AC, Mez J. Leveraging football accelerometer data to quantify associations between repetitive head impacts and chronic traumatic encephalopathy in males. Nat Commun. 2023 Jun 20; 14(1):3470.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37340004; PMCID: PMC10281995; DOI: 10.1038/s41467-023-39183-0;
Kutlar Joss M, Boogaard H, Samoli E, Patton AP, Atkinson R, Brook J, Chang H, Haddad P, Hoek G, Kappeler R, Sagiv S, Smargiassi A, Szpiro A, Vienneau D, Weuve J, Lurmann F, Forastiere F, Hoffmann BH. Long-Term Exposure to Traffic-Related Air Pollution and Diabetes: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Int J Public Health. 2023; 68:1605718. PMID: 37325174; PMCID: PMC10266340; DOI: 10.3389/ijph.2023.1605718;
Ranker LR, Ross CS, Rudolph AE, Weuve J, Xuan Z. Identifying and describing trajectories of alcohol use frequency and binge drinking frequency among those aged 15-30?years in a national cohort of US adolescents: A group-based trajectory modeling approach. Addiction. 2023 Sep; 118(9):1739-1750.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37069487; DOI: 10.1111/add.16216;
Boogaard H, Samoli E, Patton AP, Atkinson RW, Brook JR, Chang HH, Hoffmann B, Kutlar Joss M, Sagiv SK, Smargiassi A, Szpiro AA, Vienneau D, Weuve J, Lurmann FW, Forastiere F, Hoek G. Long-term exposure to traffic-related air pollution and non-accidental mortality: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Environ Int. 2023 Jun; 176:107916. PMID: 37210806
Rajan KB, McAninch EA, Aggarwal NT, Barnes LL, Wilson RS, Weuve J, DeCarli CS, Evans DA. Longitudinal Changes in Blood Biomarkers of Clinical Alzheimer Disease in a Biracial Population Sample. Neurology. 2023 Feb 21; 100(8):e874-e883. PMID: 36446595; PMCID: PMC9984218; DOI: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000201289;
Haddad P, Kutlar Joss M, Weuve J, Vienneau D, Atkinson R, Brook J, Chang H, Forastiere F, Hoek G, Kappeler R, Lurmann F, Sagiv S, Samoli E, Smargiassi A, Szpiro A, Patton AP, Boogaard H, Hoffmann B. Long-term exposure to traffic-related air pollution and stroke: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Int J Hyg Environ Health. 2023 Jan; 247:114079. PMID: 36446272
Chen R, Williams DR, Nishimi K, Slopen N, Kubzansky LD, Weuve J. A life course approach to understanding stress exposures and cognitive function among middle-aged and older adults. Soc Sci Med. 2022 Dec; 314:115448. PMID: 36274453; PMCID: PMC10069937; DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2022.115448;
Zhang X, Wells EM, Specht AJ, Weisskopf MG, Weuve J, Nie LH. In vivo quantification of strontium in bone among adults using portable x-ray fluorescence. J Trace Elem Med Biol. 2022 Dec; 74:127077. PMID: 36155421; DOI: 10.1016/j.jtemb.2022.127077;
Glymour MM, Weuve J, Dufouil C, Mayeda ER. Aduhelm, the Newly Approved Medication for Alzheimer Disease: What Epidemiologists Can Learn and What Epidemiology Can Offer. Am J Epidemiol. 2022 Jul 23; 191(8):1347-1351.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35388413; PMCID: PMC9614924; DOI: 10.1093/aje/kwac063;
LeClair J, Weuve J, Fox MP, Mez J, Alosco ML, Nowinski C, McKee A, Tripodis Y. Relationship Between Level of American Football Playing and Diagnosis of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy in a Selection Bias Analysis. Am J Epidemiol. 2022 Jul 23; 191(8):1429-1443.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35434739; PMCID: PMC9989358; DOI: 10.1093/aje/kwac075;
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2019 Boston University School of Public Health:
Excellence in Teaching Award: Innovation in the Classroom
2013 Epidemiology (LWW):
Kenneth Rothman Epidemiology Prize (Runner-Up)
2012 National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences:
Extramural Paper of the Month
2012 Faculty of 1000:
Selection of published paper
2012 Luther College:
Distinguished Service Award