Lynn Rosenberg, Sc.D.

Lynn RosenbergAssociate Director
Slone Epidemiology Center

Professor of Epidemiology
Boston University School of Public Health

lrosenbe@bu.edu

Education:

M.S., Chemistry, 1965, Boston University
M.S., Biostatistics, 1972, Harvard School of Public Health
Sc.D., Epidemiology, 1978, Harvard School of Public Health

Research Interests:

Lynn Rosenberg is Associate Director of the Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University and Professor of Epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health.  Her research for the last two decades has focused on the health of African American women. She is Principal Investigator of the Black Women’s Health Study, the largest follow-up study of the health of African-American women yet conducted. The study follows 59,000 black women from across the U.S. to assess risk factors for outcomes that include breast cancer, other cancers, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, uterine fibroids, systemic lupus erythematosus, sarcoidosis, and preterm birth.  Risk factors assessed include behaviors and lifestyle factors, psychosocial stress, environmental factors such as urban form and air pollution, and genetic factors.  During her research career, Dr. Rosenberg has carried out multiple studies of risk factors for cancers, including cancer of the breast, cervix, and colon, and for myocardial infarction. Particular interests have been the health effects of oral and injectable contraceptives and of noncontraceptive estrogens. Several important hypotheses have been raised by her studies: that alcohol consumption increases the incidence of breast cancer and that use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs decreases the incidence of large bowel cancer. Both hypotheses were subsequently confirmed in numerous studies. Dr. Rosenberg is the author of over 300 scientific papers.

Recent Publications

The following are Dr. Rosenberg’s 25 most recent publications from a total of 340:

  • Wise LA, Sponholtz TR, Rosenberg L, Adams-Campbell LL, Kuohung W, Palmer JR. History of uterine leiomyoma and risk of endometrial cancer in black women. Cancer Causes Control (in press). PMCID: PMC Journal – In Process.
  • Coogan PF, Castro-Webb N, Yu J, O’Connor G, Palmer JR, Rosenberg L. Neighborhood and individual socioeconomic status and asthma incidence in African American women. Ethn Dis (in press). PMCID: PMC Journal – In Process.
  • Cozier YC, Albert MA, Castro-Webb N, Coogan PF, Ridker P, Kaufman HW, Palmer JR, Rosenberg L. Neighborhood socioeconomic status in relation to serum biomarkers in the Black Women’s Health Study. J Urban Health (in press). PMCID: PMC Journal – In Process.
  • Bethea TN, Palmer JR, Rosenberg L, Cozier YC. Neighborhood socioeconomic status in relation to all-cause, cancer, and cardiovascular mortality in the Black Women’s Health Study. Ethn Dis (in press). PMCID: PMC Journal – In Process.
  • Brasky TM, Sponholtz TR, Palmer JR, Rosenberg L, Ruiz-Narváez EA, Wise LA. Associations of dietary long-chain omega-3 fatty acids and fish with endometrial cancer risk in the Black Women’s Health Study. Am J Epidemiol 2016;183(3):199-209. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwv231. PMCID: PMC4724095.
  • Sponholtz TR, Palmer JR, Rosenberg L, Hatch EE, Adams-Campbell LL, Wise LA. Body size, metabolic factors, and risk of endometrial cancer in black women. Am J Epidemiol 2016. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwv186 (epub ahead of print). PMCID: PMC Journal – In Process.
  • Bethea TN, Rosenberg L, Castro-Webb N, Lunetta KL, Sucheston-Campbell LE, Ruiz-Narváez EA, Charlot M, Park SY, Bandera EV, Troester MA, Ambrosone CB, Palmer JR. Family history of cancer in relation to breast cancer subtypes in African American women. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2016. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-15-1068 (epub ahead of print). PMCID: PMC Journal – In Process.
  • Rosenberg L, Bethea TN, Viscidi E, Hong CC, Troester MA, Bandera EV, Haiman CA, Kolonel LN, Olshan AF, Ambrosone CB, Palmer JR. Postmenopausal female hormone use and estrogen-receptor positive and negative breast cancer in African-American women. J Natl Cancer Inst 2016. doi: 10.1093/jnci/djv361 (epub ahead of print). PMCID: PMC Journal – In Process.
  • Coogan PF, White LF, Yu J, Burnett RT, Seto E, Brook RD, Palmer JR, Rosenberg L, Jerrett M. PM2.5 and diabetes and hypertension incidence in the Black Women’s Health Study. Epidemiology 2016. doi: 10.1097/EDE.0000000000000418 (epub ahead of print). PMCID: PMC Journal – In Process.
  • Ruiz-Narváez EA, Haddad SA, Rosenberg L, Palmer JR. Birth weight modifies the association between central-nervous-system gene variation and adult body mass index. J Hum Genet 2016. doi: 10.1038/jhg.2015.139 (epub ahead of print). PMCID: PMC Journal – In Process.
  • Cheng TYD, Ambrosone CB, Hong CC, Lunetta KL, Liu S, Hu Q, Yao S, Sucheston-Campbell L, Bandera EV, Ruiz-Narváez EA, Haddad S, Troester MA, Haiman CA, Bensen JT, Olshan AF, Palmer JR, Rosenberg L. Genetic variants in the mTOR pathway and breast cancer risk in African American women. Carcinogenesis 2016;37(1):49-55. doi: 10.1093/carcin/bgv160. PMCID: PMC Journal – In Process.
  • Haddad SA, Lunetta KL, Ruiz-Narváez EA, Bensen JT, Hong CC, Sucheston-Campbell LE, Yao S, Bandera EV, Rosenberg L, Haiman CA, Troester MA, Ambrosone CB, Palmer JR. Hormone-related pathways and risk of breast cancer subtypes in African American women. Breast Cancer Res Treat 2015;154(1):145-54. doi: 10.1007/s10549-015-3594-x. PMCID: PMC Journal – In Process.
  • Petrick JL, Sahasrabuddhe VV, Chan AT, Alavanja MC, Beane Freeman LE, Buring JE, Chen J, Chong DQ, Freedman ND, Fuchs CS, Gaziano JM, Giovannucci EL, Graubard BI, Hollenbeck AR, Hou L, Jacobs EJ, King LY, Koshiol J, Lee IM, Linet MS, Palmer JR, Purdue MP, Rosenberg L, Schairer C, Sesso HD, Sigurdson AJ, Wactawski-Wende J, Zeleniuch-Jacquotte A, Campbell PT, McGlynn KA. NSAID use and risk of hepatocellular carcinoma and intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma: The Liver Cancer Pooling Project. Cancer Prev Res Phila Pa 2015;8(12):1156-62. doi: 10.1158/1940-6207.CAPR-15-0126.
  • Collaborative Group on Epidemiological Studies on Endometrial Cancer. Endometrial cancer and oral contraceptives: an individual participant meta-analysis of 27,276 women with endometrial cancer from 36 epidemiological studies. Lancet Oncol 2015;16(9):1061-70. doi: 10.1016/S1470-2045(15)00212-0.
  • Wise LA, Radin RG, Rosenberg L, Adams-Campbell L, Palmer JR. History of uterine leiomyomata and incidence of breast cancer. Cancer Causes Control 2015;26(10):1487-93. doi: 10.1007/s10552-015-0647-8. PMCID: PMC4567934.
  • Ambrosone CB, Zirpoli G, Hong CC, Yao S, Troester MA, Bandera EV, Schedin P, Bethea TN, Borges V, Park SY, Chandra D, Rosenberg L, Kolonel LN, Olshan AF, Palmer JR. Important role of menarche in development of estrogen receptor negative breast cancer in African American women. J Natl Cancer Inst 2015;107(9):djv172. doi: 10.1093/jnci/djv172. PMCID: PMC Journal – In Process.
  • Collaborative Group On Epidemiological Studies Of Ovarian Cancer. Menopausal hormone use and ovarian cancer risk: individual participant meta-analysis of 52 epidemiological studies. Lancet 2015;385(9980):1835-42. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(14)61687-1. PMCID: PMC4427760.
  • Palmer JR, Kipping-Ruane K, Wise LA, Yu J, Rosenberg L. Lactation in relation to long-term maternal weight gain in African-American women. Am J Epidemiol 2015;181(12):932-9. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwv027. PMCID: PMC4462338.
  • Bethea TN, Rosenberg L, Hong CC, Troester MA, Lunetta KL, Bandera EV, Schedin P, Kolonel LN, Olshan AF, Ambrosone CB, Palmer JR. A case-control analysis of oral contraceptive use and breast cancer subtypes in the African American Breast Cancer Epidemiology and Risk Consortium. Breast Cancer Res 2015;17(22):1-13. doi: 10.1186/s13058-015-0535-x. PMCID: PMC4358874.
  • Bandera EV, Chandran U, Hong CC, Troester MA, Bethea TN, Adams-Campbell LL, Haiman CA, Park SY, Olshan AF, Ambrosone CB, Palmer JR, Rosenberg L. Obesity, body fat distribution, and risk of breast cancer subtypes in African American women participating in the AMBER Consortium. Breast Cancer Res Treat 2015;150(3):655-66. doi: 10.1007/s10549-015-3353-z. PMCID: PMC4440799.
  • Boggs DA, Ban Y, Palmer JR, Rosenberg L. Higher diet quality is inversely associated with mortality in African-American women. J Nutr 2015;145(3):547-54. doi: 10.3945/jn.114.195735. PMCID: PMC4336533.
  • Vimalananda VG, Palmer JR, Gerlovin H, Wise LA, Rosenzweig JL, Rosenberg L, Ruiz-Narváez EA. Night-shift work and incident diabetes among African-American women. Diabetologia 2015;58(4):699-706. doi: 10.1007/s00125-014-3480-9. PMCID: PMC4461435.
  • Boggs DA, Rosenberg L, Adams-Campbell LL, Palmer JR. A prospective approach to breast cancer risk prediction in African American women: the Black Women’s Health Study model. J Clin Oncol 2015;33(9):1038-44. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2014.57.2750. PMCID: PMC4356712.
  • Wise LA, Li S, Palmer JR, Rosenberg L. Depressive symptoms and risk of uterine leiomyomata. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2015;212(5):617.e1-10. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2014.12.012. PMCID: PMC4417041.
  • Cozier YC, Coogan PF, Govender P, Berman JS, Palmer JR, Rosenberg L. Obesity and weight gain in relation to incidence of sarcoidosis in US black women: data from the Black Women’s Health Study. Chest 2015;147(4):1086-93. doi: 10.1378/chest.14-1099. PMCID: PMC4388117.