Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research

Professor Mark J Nieuwenhuijsen

Professor Mark J Nieuwenhuijsen
BSc MSc PhD

Research Professor at ISGlobal

Professorial Fellow, ACU


Professor Mark J Nieuwenhuijsen is a world-leading expert in environmental exposure assessment, epidemiology, and health risk/impact assessment with a strong focus and interest on healthy urban living. He has experience and expertise in areas of all cause mortality, respiratory and cardiovascular disease, mental health and cognitive function, cancer and reproductive health, and exposure measurement and modelling of indoor and outdoor air pollution, green space, UV exposure, noise, temperature and physical activity, using new technology such as GIS, smartphones, personal sensors and remote sensing.

Professor Nieuwenhuijsen leads the international TAPAS study (http://www.tapas-program.org/) examining the health impacts of active transport in six European cities, the EC funded PHENOTYPE (www.phenotype.eu) study examining the relations between green space and health, and the ISGlobal funded SUMA HIA project on health impact assessment in low and medium income countries. He is a co-investigator in ICEPURE (www.icepure.eu), which examines exposure to and health effects of solar UV exposure, ESCAPE (www.escapeproject.eu) (and related VE3SPA), which examines the long-term health effects of air pollution, the NIH funded CAVA,  which aims to validate smartphone-based data collection methods, EC funded CITISENSE (http://citi-sense.eu/), which aims to empower citizens using smartphone technology, EC funded HELIX (http://www.projecthelix.eu/), which examines the early life exposome and childhood diseases, EC funded EXPOsOMICs (http://www.exposomicsproject.eu/), which examines the air pollution and water exposome and health, the EC funded PASTA study (http://www.pastaproject.eu), which promotes active transportation through sustainable transport, the EC funded BlueHealth project evaluating the relationship between blue space and health, and the EC funded LifeCycle project on birth cohort coordination in Europe.

Professor Nieuwenhuijsen led the EC funded study EXPASCAN on arsenic and health, the large EC funded HIWATE (www.hiwate.org) 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 European funded studies such as INTARESE (www.intarese.org), which developed health impact assessment methodology for environmental pollutants. Further, 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 hypospadia, and a cohort study of Porton Down veterans evaluating the effects of chemical warfare agents.

Professor Nieuwenhuijsen has edited three books on Exposure Assessment and on Environmental Epidemiology, and has co-authored more than 320 papers published in peer reviewed journals.

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