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Daniel Wartenberg

Daniel Wartenberg, Ph. D.

Professor and Division Chief
Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute
UMDNJ--Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
170 Frelinghuysen Road, Piscataway, NJ 0885

email:  dew@eohsi.rutgers.edu


Daniel Wartenberg, is Professor and Chief of the Division of Environmental Epidemiology in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Medicine at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). Dr. Wartenberg’s primary research interests focus on the study of environmental risk, pollution, and public health, with particular emphasis on perceived disease excesses, also known as clusters. This work has explored a variety of topics including the health effects from exposure to incinerator emissions, pesticides, power lines, solvents and other toxic chemicals. His current research is focused on the investigation of effects of environmental factors on the health of newborns. Dr. Wartenberg often works with communities on understanding and addressing local health concerns such as disease clusters. He served as Director of the Population Science Program at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, 2002-2005, was a Libra Scholar at the University of Southern Maine (Portland), in 2005, and a Visiting Scholar at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona, in 2007. He is a past President of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology, is a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology, and has served on a variety of local, national and international expert advisory committees.

Selected Relevant Publications:

Wartenberg D, Greenberg M.  Detecting disease clusters: The importance of statistical power.  American Journal of Epidemiology 1990;  132(suppl.):156-166.

Wartenberg D, Greenberg M.  Solving the cluster puzzle: Clues to follow and pitfalls to avoid.  Statistics in Medicine 1993;  12:1763-1770.

Wartenberg D. "Using disease cluster and small-area analyses to study environmental justice."  Toward Environmental Justice. Institute of Medicine.  Washington, DC:  National Academy Press. pp. 79-102, 1999.

Wartenberg D. Investigating Disease Clusters:  Why, When and How.  Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A 164, Part 1: 13-22, 2001.

Elliott P, Wartenberg D. Spatial epidemiology:  Current approaches and future challenges. Environmental Health Perspectives 112(9):998-1006, 2004.

Bell BS, Hoskins RE, Pickle LW, Wartenberg D.  Current practices in spatial analysis of cancer data:   Mapping health statistics to inform policymakers and the public. International Journal of Health Geographics. 5: 49-62, 2006.

Wartenberg D, Greenberg MR, Harris G.  2010.  Environmental justice:  A contrary finding for the case of high-voltage electric power transmission lines.  Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology 20(3): 237-244.

Laumbach RJ, Harris G, Kipen HM, Georgopoulos P, Shade P, Efstathiou C, Isukapalli SS, Galea S, Vlahov D,  Wartenberg D. 2009.  Respiratory Symptoms are not Associated with Estimated WTC Plume Intensity and Respiratory Symptoms Among Residents Outside of Lower Manhattan. Am J Epidemiol 170: 640-649, 2009.

 Wartenberg D, Thompson WD. Privacy vs. Public Health.  2010. American Journal of Public Health March 100(3):  407-412.

Marshall EG, Harris G, Wartenberg D. 2010. Oral cleft defects and maternal exposure to ambient air pollutants in New Jersey. Birth Defects Research Part A: Clinical and Molecular Teratology 88(4): 205-15.