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Mark Nieuwenhuijsen

Research professor Mark Nieuwenhuijsen graduated from the University of Wageningen, NL, obtained his doctorate at the National Heart and Lung Institute, London, and did his post doc at UC Davis, USA. He worked for many years at Imperial College London and joined CREAL in January 2007. He is an expert in occupational and environmental exposure assessment, epidemiology, and health risk assessment. He has been involved in various epidemiological studies in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Eastern Europe and the United States.

  • Research areas

Mark J Nieuwenhuijsen PhD is an expert in environmental exposure assessment, epidemiology, and health risk/impact assessment. He has experience and expertise in areas of respiratory disease, cancer and reproductive health, and exposure measurement and modelling of indoor and outdoor air pollution, pesticides, green space, UV exposure, occupational allergens, chlorination by-products in drinking water and heavy metals, using new technology such as GIS, smartphones and remote sensing. He leads the international TAPAS study, examining the health impacts of active transport in six European cities and the EC funded PHENOTYPE ( study, examining the relations between green space and health. He is a co-investigator in ICEPURE (, that examines exposure to and health effects of solar UV exposure, ESCAPE ( (and related (VE3SPA), that examines the long term health effects of air pollution, NIH funded CAVA which aims to validate smartphone based data collection methods, EC funded CITISENSE that aims to empower citizens using smartphone technology, HELIX, that’s examines the early life exposome and childhood diseases, and EC funded EXPOsOMICs that examines the air pollution and water exposome and health.

He led the large EC funded HIWATE ( study on the health effects of chlorination by-products in drinking water, the European funded ENRIECO study, coordinating work on environmental exposure-response relationships of European birth cohorts, and was a co-investigator on the European funded studies such as INTARESE ( that develops health impact assessment methodology for environmental pollutants. Furthermore, he has been involved in a number of studies on health effects around point sources (Arsenic around a power plant in Slovakia, mercury emitting sources in Runcorn, UK and cadmium emitting sources in the Avonmouth area, UK), a study on the effect of pesticides bystander exposure and congenital anomalies in the UK, a study of environmental risk factors of hypospadias. and a cohort study of Porton Down veterans evaluating the effects of chemical warfare agents.

  • Selected Publications
  1. Rojas-Rueda D, de Nazelle A, Tainio M, NIEUWENHUIJSEN MJ. Bike sharing system (bicing) in barcelona, spain; a description and estimated health impacts. BMJ 2011;343:d452
  2. Carpenter LM, Linsell L, Brooks C, Keegan TJ, Langdon T, Doyle P, Maconochie NES, Fletcher T, NIEUWENHUIJSEN MJ, Beral V, Venables KM Cancer incidence in British military veterans included in experimental research into chemical warfare agents at Porton Down. BMJ 2009;338:b358.
  3. NIEUWENHUIJSEN MJ, Toledano MB, Bennett J, Best N, Konstantinou K, Hambly P, de Hoogh K, Boyd P, Abramsky L, Wellesley D, Dattani N, Briggs D, Lars Jarup L and Elliott P. The relationship between disinfection byproducts in drinking water and congenital anomalies in England and Wales. Environ Health Perspec 2008; 116: 216-222
  4. McCreanor J, Cullinan P, NIEUWENHUIJSEN MJ, Stewart-Evans J, Malliarou E, Jarup L, Harrington R, Svartengren M, Han I-K, Ohman-Strickland P, Chung KF and Zhang J. Respiratory Effects of Exposure to Diesel Traffic in Persons with Asthma. NEJM 2007;357:2348-58
  5. Hodgson S, NIEUWENHUIJSEN MJ, Elliott P and Jarup L. Kidney disease mortality and environmental exposure to mercury. Am J Epidem 2007; 165 :72-7

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