Adrienne S Ettinger ScD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Research Interests

Effects of environmental exposures on reproductive, perinatal, and children's health; Global health; Nutrition; Molecular epidemiology

Current Projects

"A Prospective Birth Cohort Study Involving Uranium Exposure in the Navajo Nation" (CDC/ATSDR U01-TS000135, PI J. Lewis, University of New Mexico) 2010 – 2018

“Lifecourse Exposures & Diet: Epigenetics, Maturation & Metabolic Syndrome” (Mexico) (NIH 1 P01 ES022844, Co-PIs K. Peterson & V. Padmanabhan, University of Michigan) 2013 – 2018

“Maternal-Infant Research on Environmental Chemicals (MIREC)” (Canada) (Health Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Co-PIs T.Arbuckle, W. Frasier) 2007 – 2016


Research Summary

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.


Selected Publications

  • Ettinger AS, Roy A, Amarasiriwardena C, Smith D, Lupoli N, Mercado-Garcia A, Lamadrid-Figueroa H, Tellez-Rojo MM, Hu H, Hernandez-Avila A. Maternal blood, plasma, and breast milk lead: lactational transfer and contribution to infant exposure. Environ Health Perspect 2014 January; 122:87-92.
  • Ettinger AS, Zota AR, Amarasiriwardena CJ, Hopkins MR, Schwartz J, Hu H, Wright RO. Maternal arsenic exposure and impaired glucose tolerance during pregnancy. Environ Health Perspect 2009 Jul; 117(7):1059-1064.
  • Ettinger AS, Lamadrid-Figueroa H, Téllez-Rojo MM, Mercado-García A, Peterson K, Schwartz J, Hu H, Hernández-Avila M. Effect of calcium supplementation on blood lead levels in pregnancy: a randomized control trial. Environ Health Perspect 2009 Jan; 117(1):26–31.
  • Hennig B, Ettinger AS, Jandacek RJ, Koo S, McClain C, Seifried H, Silverstone A, Watkins B, Suk WA. Using nutrition for intervention and prevention against environmental chemical toxicity and associated diseases. Environ Health Perspect 2007 April; 115:493–495.

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