Adrienne S Ettinger ScD, MPH, MSc
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)
Effects of environmental exposures on reproductive, perinatal, and children's health; Global health; Nutrition; Molecular epidemiology
Current Projects1. NIEHS K01-ES014907 (P.I. A. Ettinger) “Genetic & Epigenetic Modifiers of Maternal-Fetal Transfer of Toxicants & Perinatal Outcomes” 01/15/2008–11/30/2011
2. CDC/ATSDR U01-TS000135 (P.I. J. Lewis) "A Prospective Birth Cohort Study Involving Uranium Exposure in the Navajo Nation" 09/01/2010 – 08/31/2013
3. NIEHS P20-ES018171/U.S. EPA RD834800 (P.I. K.Peterson) “Perinatal Exposures, Epigenetics, Child Obesity & Sexual Maturation” 08/09/2010 – 03/31/2013
4. Health Canada (P.I. T.Arbuckle, W. Frasier) “Maternal-Infant Research on Environmental Chemicals (MIREC): A National Profile of In Utero and Lactational Exposure to Environmental Contaminants” Co-sponsored by Health Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment 2007 – 2012
Dr. Ettinger’s research focuses on the effects of environmental exposures on reproductive, perinatal, and children's health. The objective of her work is to understand how common genetic variants, epigenetic events, and dietary nutrients may modify susceptibility to environmental exposures in the maternal-fetal unit and, ultimately, impact toxicant-induced pregnancy and developmental outcomes. Her research involves the epidemiologic analysis of environmental exposure to metals and the associated human health effects in several new and ongoing longitudinal birth cohort studies. These studies are currently being carried out in: Mexico, in collaboration with researchers at the National Institute for Public Health; Canada, in collaboration with Health Canada; and in the U.S. (Oklahoma), at the Tar Creek Superfund site. In addition, Dr. Ettinger is working with colleagues in Asia, Europe, and South America to develop similar studies which may provide new insights to better understand how environmental risks within and between populations vary with respect to exposure, underlying susceptibility and developmental stage.