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Payam Dadvand

I am a medical doctor by training and have a PhD in epidemiology. My research interests encompass both adverse and beneficial effects of the environment on human health. I am particularly interested in the effects of air pollution, climatic conditions, UV and green space on maternal and child health, using GIS-based exposure assessment and spatial data analysis techniques. I am currently a fellow of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation.



Honours and Awards

  1. Rebecca James Baker Award for “scientific excellence, integrity, compassion, resourcefulness, and patience in cross-cultural research for the improvement of public health” awarded by the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE) at the 24th Annual ISEE congress, Columbia, South Carolina, US, 2012.
  2. Outstanding Abstract by a New Investigator awarded by the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE) at the 24th Annual ISEE congress, Columbia, South Carolina, US, 2012.
  3. Ramon y Cajal fellowship (2014-2018) awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (I was ranked one in the field of "clinical medicine and epidemiology" in Spain.).
  4. Juan de la Cierva fellowship (2012-2015) awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation.
  5. International Research Scholarship (IRS) (2005-2008) awarded by Newcastle University for three years to carry out my PhD there.


Selected Papers 


  1. Dadvand P, Parker J, Bell ML, Bonzini M, Brauer M, Darrow L, Gehring U, Glinianaia SV, Gouveia N, Ha E, Leem JH, van den Hooven EH, Jalaludin B, Jesdale BM, Lepeule J, Morello-Frosch R, Morgan G, Pesatori AC, Pierik FH, Pless-Mulloli T, Rich DQ, Sathyanarayana S, Seo J, Slama R, Strickland M, Tamburic L, Wartenberg D, Nieuwenhuijsen M, Woodruff TJ. Maternal Exposure to Particulate Air Pollution and Fetal Growth; A Multi-Country Evaluation of Effect and Heterogeneity. Environmental Health Perspectives. 2013; 121:367–373.
  2. Dadvand P, Nieuwenhuijsen MJ, Esnaola M, Forns J, Basagaña X, Alvarez-Pedrerol M, Rivas I, López-Vicente M, De Castro Pascual M, Su J, Jerrett M, Querol X, Sunyer J. Green spaces and cognitive development in primary schoolchildren.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS). 2015; 112(26): 7937–7942.
  3. Dadvand P, Basagaña B, Sartini C, Figueras F, Vrijheid M, De Nazelle A, Sunyer J, Nieuwenhuijsen MJ. Climate Extremes and the Length of Gestation.Environmental Health Perspectives. 2011; 119(10): 1449-1453.
  4. Dadvand P, de Nazelle A, Triguero-Mas M, Schembari A, Cirach M, Amoly E, Figueras F, Basagaña X, Ostro B, Nieuwenhuijsen M. Surrounding Greenness and Exposure to Air Pollution During Pregnancy: An Analysis of Personal Monitoring Data. Environmental Health Perspectives. 2012; 2012; 120(9):1286-90.
  5. Dadvand P, Basagaña B, Figueras F, Sunyer J, Nieuwenhuijsen MJ. Climate and Group B Streptococci Infections during Pregnancy; Present Implications and Future Concerns. British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2011;118(11):1396-400.
  6. Dadvand P, Rankin J, Rushton S, Pless-Mulloli T. Association Between Maternal Exposure to Ambient Air Pollution and Congenital Heart Disease: A Register-based Spatiotemporal Analysis. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2011; 173(2): 171-182.
  7. Dadvand P, Rushton S, Diggle PJ, Goffe L, Rankin J, Pless-Mulloli T. Using spatio-temporal modeling to predict long-term exposure to black smoke at fine spatial and temporal scale. Atmospheric Environment. 2011; 45(3): 659-664.
  8. Dadvand P, Basagaña B, Barrera-Gómez B, Diffey B, Nieuwenhuijsen MJ.Measurement Errors in the Assessment of Exposure to Solar Ultraviolet Radiation and Its Impact on Risk Estimates in Epidemiological Studies. Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences. 2011; 10: 1161-1168.




Payam Dadvand

Assistant Research Professor

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