Martha Werler, DSc
Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Epidemiology

MPH, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
DSc, Boston University




Dr. Werler is Professor and Chair of Epidemiology. She is a perinatal epidemiologist whose NIH- and CDC- supported research focuses on the impact of pregnancy exposures on birth outcomes, including congenital malformations, fetal growth, and neurodevelopment. She has studied medication use in pregnancy, including analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-emetic, anti-depressant, and anti-epileptic drugs. Her recent work explores prescription opioid use and treatments for opioid use disorder among pregnant women. She has published over 200 papers and book chapters, served as President of the Society for Epidemiology Research (2018-2021), been recognized for her mentorship of doctoral students by the Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research, been honored for her research on congenital anomalies by the Teratology Society Fraser Award and the National Birth Defect Prevention Network Oakley Award; and served on numerous NIH advisory and review boards. Dr. Werler is an Assistant Editor for the Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology journal. Dr. Werler directed the BU Reproductive, Perinatal, and Pediatric Epidemiology training program for pre-doctoral candidates in Epidemiology and teaches Design and Conduct of Case-Control Studies.

Chair of Epidemiology
Boston University School of Public Health
Epidemiology



2014 National Birth Defects Prevention Network: Godfrey P. Oakley Award
2012 Soc. Pediatric & Perinatal Epidemiology Research: Mentoring Award
2003 BU School of Public Health: Distinguished Alumni
2000 Teratology Society: Clark Fraser New Investigator Award


Massachusetts Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention (BD STEPS) - Core
02/28/2019 - 06/30/2021 (Subcontract PI)
Comm. of Mass./Department of Public Health HHS CDC
6U01DD001224-01M002

Pregnancy in women with congenital physical disabilities: Risk factors, birth outcomes, and mediation
04/01/2019 - 03/31/2021 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Child Health & Human Development
5R03HD098507-02

A Population-Based Study to Quantify the Risks of Opioid Analgesics in Pregnancy
09/12/2019 - 08/31/2020 (Subcontract PI)
Queen's University at Kingston NIH NICHD
1R03HD099617-01

Safety, pharmacokinetics and efficacy of extended-release naltrexone in pregnant women with opioid use disorder
10/01/2018 - 05/31/2020 (Subcontract PI)
Boston Medical Center Corporation NIH NICHD
1R01HD096798-01

Exploring Modifiable Factors for Folic Acid Resistant Spina Bifida
09/01/2015 - 04/30/2019 (PI)
HHS/CDC/National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
6 U01DD001184-03-02

Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research
04/01/2014 - 03/31/2019 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Child Health & Human Development
5R13HD055094-12

Zika Virus Colombia Cohort Study
09/01/2017 - 05/31/2018 (Subcontract PI)
Vysnova Partners Inc., HHS CDC


BURPPE: BU REPRODUCTIVE, PERINATAL, AND PEDIATRIC EPIDEMIOLOGY TRAINING PROGRAM
05/01/2016 - 08/31/2017 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Child Health & Human Development
4T32HD052458-10

Hemifacial Microsomia: Psychosocial and Other Sequelae
07/02/2010 - 06/30/2017 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research
3R01DE011939-16S1

Comparative Safety of Buprenorphine vs. Methadone in Pregnancy
09/30/2014 - 04/30/2017 (Subcontract PI)
Queen's University at Kingston NIH NICHD
1R21JD081271-01

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Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2020 Pregnancy in women with congenital physical disabilities: Risk factors, birth outcomes, and mediation 5R03HD098507-02
2020 Pregnancy in women with congenital physical disabilities: Risk factors, birth outcomes, and mediation 5R03HD098507-02
2019 Pregnancy in women with congenital physical disabilities: Risk factors, birth outcomes, and mediation 1R03HD098507-01
2018 BD-STEPS II (Birth Defects Study To Evaluate Pregnancy exposureS) - Core 1U01DD001224-01 5
2018 BD-STEPS II (Birth Defects Study To Evaluate Pregnancy exposureS) - Core 6U01DD001224-01M002 5
2018 EXPLORING MODIFIABLE FACTORS FOR FOLIC ACID RESISTANT SPINA BIFIDA 6U01DD001184-03M001 6
2018 EXPLORING MODIFIABLE FACTORS FOR FOLIC ACID RESISTANT SPINA BIFIDA 6U01DD001184-03M002 6
2018 Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research 5R13HD055094-12 2
2017 EXPLORING MODIFIABLE FACTORS FOR FOLIC ACID RESISTANT SPINA BIFIDA 5U01DD001184-03 6
2017 Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research 5R13HD055094-11 2
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  1. Brogly SB, Velez MP, Werler MM, Li W, Camden A, Guttmann A. Prenatal Opioid Analgesics and the Risk of Adverse Birth Outcomes. Epidemiology. 2021 May 01; 32(3):448-456.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33625160
     
  2. Patel J, Bircan E, Tang X, Orloff M, Hobbs CA, Browne ML, Botto LD, Finnell RH, Jenkins MM, Olshan A, Romitti PA, Shaw GM, Werler MM, Li J, Nembhard WN. Paternal genetic variants and risk of obstructive heart defects: A parent-of-origin approach. PLoS Genet. 2021 Mar; 17(3):e1009413. PMID: 33684136
     
  3. Petersen JM, Yazdy MM, Getz KD, Anderka MT, Werler MM. Short interpregnancy intervals and risks for birth defects: support for the nutritional depletion hypothesis. Am J Clin Nutr. 2021 Mar 01.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33668063
     
  4. Kaelin VC, Wallace ER, Werler MM, Collett BR, Rosenberg J, Khetani MA. Caregiver Perspectives on School Participation Among Students With Craniofacial Microsomia. Am J Occup Ther. 2021 Mar-Apr; 75(2):7502205100p1-7502205100p10.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33657352
     
  5. Kerr SM, Parker SE, Mitchell AA, Tinker SC, Werler MM. Folic acid antagonist use before and during pregnancy and risk for selected birth defects. Birth Defects Res. 2020 11; 112(18):1526-1540.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32875745
     
  6. Hansen C, Desrosiers TA, Wisniewski K, Strickland MJ, Werler MM, Gilboa SM. Use of antihistamine medications during early pregnancy and selected birth defects: The National Birth Defects Prevention Study, 1997-2011. Birth Defects Res. 2020 10; 112(16):1234-1252. PMID: 32657014
     
  7. Schrager NL, Adrien N, Werler MM, Parker SE, Van Bennekom C, Mitchell AA. Trends in first-trimester nausea and vomiting of pregnancy and use of select treatments: Findings from the National Birth Defects Prevention Study. Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol. 2021 Jan; 35(1):57-64.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32623767
     
  8. Lau B, Duggal P, Ehrhardt S, Armenian H, Branas CC, Colditz GA, Fox MP, Hawes SE, He J, Hofman A, Keyes K, Ko AI, Lash TL, Levy D, Lu M, Morabia A, Ness R, Nieto FJ, Schisterman EF, Stürmer T, Szklo M, Werler M, Wilcox AJ, Celentano DD. Perspectives on the Future of Epidemiology: A Framework for Training. Am J Epidemiol. 2020 07 01; 189(7):634-639.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32003778
     
  9. Adrien N, Petersen JM, Parker SE, Werler MM. Vasoactive exposures and risk of amniotic band syndrome and terminal transverse limb deficiencies. Birth Defects Res. 2020 08; 112(14):1074-1084.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32573119
     
  10. Kaelin VC, Wallace ER, Werler MM, Collett BR, Khetani MA. Community participation in youth with craniofacial microsomia. Disabil Rehabil. 2020 Jun 01; 1-8.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32478589
     
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