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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.

  • 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 and cardiovascular disease, mental health and cognitive function, 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, personal sensors 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, EC funded HELIX (, that examines the early life exposome and childhood diseases, EC funded EXPOsOMICs ( that examines the air pollution and water exposome and health and EC funded PASTA study (, which promotes active transportation through sustainable transport.

He led the EC funded study EXPASCAN on arsenic and health, 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 developed 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.

He has edited books on Exposure Assessment and on Environmental Epidemiology, and has co-authored more than 250 papers.

  • Selected Publications
  1. McCreanor J et al. Respiratory Effects of Exposure to Diesel Traffic in Persons with Asthma.  NEJM 2007;357:2348-58
  2. 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;343-452
  3. Beelen R et al. Effects of long-term exposure to air pollution onnatural-cause mortality: an analysis of 22 European cohorts within themulticentre ESCAPE project. Lancet. 2014; 383: 785-95.
  4. Vrijheid M et al. The Human Early-Life Exposome (HELIX): Project Rationale and Design. Environ Health Perspect. 2014;122(6):535-44
  5. NIEUWENHUIJSEN MJ et al. Positive health effects of the natural outdoor environment in typical populations in different regions in Europe (PHENOTYPE): a study programme protocol. BMJ Open. 2014 Apr 16;4(4):e004951
  6. NIEUWENHUIJSEN MJ et al. Air pollution and human fertility rates Original Research Article Environment International, 2014; 70: 9-14
  7. NIEUWENHUIJSEN MJ et al. Variability in and agreement between modelled and personal continuously measured black carbon levels using novel smartphone and sensor technologies. Environ Sci Technol. 2015; 49(5):2977-82

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