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Martine Vrijheid

Martine Vrijheid received her graduate degree in Health Sciences and Epidemiology at the University of Nijmegen (NL) in 1993 and her PhD in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) in 2000. She then joined the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as staff-scientist to work on environmental and occupational exposures to ionizing and non-ionizing radiation. She joined CREAL in 2008 where she specialises in environmental (chemical, physical, and social) risk factors and their effects on child health and development.

  • Research areas

She is a co-investigator on several national and international projects, including on the health effects of mobile phone use in children (MOBI-KIDS), on congenital anomalies in Europe (EUROCAT) and, on environmental health risks in European birth cohorts (ENRIECO). She coordinates the European project CHICOS which has as objective to develop an integrated strategy for birth cohort research in Europe and brings together over 35 cohort studies studying more than 350,000 mother-child pairs. In the Spanish birth cohort project INMA, her work focuses on the effects of emerging exposures and on the role of environmental risk factors for childhood obesity.

  • Selected Publications

M Vrijheid, D Martinez,  I Aguilera, M Bustamante, F Ballester, et al. Indoor Air Pollution from Gas Cooking and Neurodevelopment in Infants. Epidemiology 2011. Nov 11. [Epub ahead of print]

Valvi D, Mendez MA, Martinez D, Grimalt JO, Torrent M, Sunyer J, Vrijheid M. Prenatal concentrations of PCBs, DDE, DDT and overweight in children aged 6.5: A prospective birth cohort study. Environ Health Perspect. 2011 Oct 25. [Epub ahead of print]

Gascon M, Vrijheid M, Martínez D, Ballester F, Basterrechea M, Blarduni E, et al. Prenatal exposure to DDE and infant's lower respiratory tract infections and wheeze. Eur Respir J. 2011 Nov 10. [Epub ahead of print]

M Vrijheid, M Casas, A Bergström, A Carmichael, S Cordier, et al. European Birth Cohorts for Environmental Health Research. Environ Health Perspect. 2011 Aug 29.

M Gascon, M Vrijheid, D Martínez, J Grimalt, M Torrent, J Sunyer. Effects of pre and postnatal exposure to low levels of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) on neurodevelopment and thyroid hormone levels at 4 years of age. Environment International. Environ Int. 2011 Apr;37(3):605-11.

M Vrijheid, D Martinez, S Manzanares, P Dadvand, A Schembari, J Rankin, M Nieuwenhuijsen. Ambient Air Pollution and Risk of Congenital Anomalies: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Environ Health Perspect. 2011 May;119(5):598-606.

Vrijheid M, Martinez D, Aguilera I, Ballester F, Basterrechea M, et al. Socio-economic status and exposure to multiple environmental pollutants during pregnancy – evidence for environmental inequity? J Epidemiol Community Health. 2010 Oct 25. [Epub ahead of print]

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