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.

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

  • VanderWeele TJ, Yu J, Cozier YC, Wise LA, Argentieri MA, Rosenberg L, Palmer JR, Shields AE. Religious service attendance, prayer, religious coping, and religious-spiritual identity as predictors of all-cause mortality in the Black Women’s Health Study. Am J Epidemiol (in press). PMCID: PMC Journal – In Process.
  • Nomura SJO, Dash C, Rosenberg L, Yu J, Palmer JR, Adams-Campbell LL. Is adherence to diet, physical activity and body weight cancer prevention recommendations associated with colorectal cancer incidence in African American women? Cancer Causes Control (in press). PMCID: PMC Journal – In Process.
  • Park SY, Palmer JR, Rosenberg L, Haiman CA, Bandera EV, Bethea TN, Troester MA, Viscidi E, Kolonel LN, Olshan AF, Ambrosone CB. A case-control analysis of smoking and breast cancer in African American women: findings from the AMBER consortium. Carcinogenesis (in press). PMCID: PMC Journal – In Process.
  • Zanetti KA, Wang Z, Aldrich M, Amos CI, Blot WJ, Bowman ED, Burdette L, Cai Q, Caporaso N, Chung CC, Gillanders EM, Haiman CA, Hansen HM, Henderson BE, Kolonel LN, Le Marchand L, Li S, McNeill LH, Ryan BM, Schwartz AG, Sison JD, Spitz MR, Tucker M, Wenzlaff AS, Wiencke JK, Wilkens L, Wrensch MR, Wu X, Zheng W, Zhou W, Christiani D, Palmer JR, Penning TM, Rieber AG, Rosenberg L, Ruiz-Narváez EA, Sun L, Vachani A, Wei Y, Whitehead AS, Chanock SJ, Harris CC. Genome-wide association study confirms lung cancer susceptibility loci on chromosome 5p15 and 15q25 in an African-American population. Lung Cancer 2016. doi: 10.1016/j.lungcan.2016.05.008 (epub ahead of print). PMCID: PMC Journal – In Process.
  • Coogan PF, White LF, Yu J, Burnett RT, Marshall JD, Seto E, Brook RD, Palmer JR, Rosenberg L, Jerrett M. Long term exposure to NO2 and diabetes incidence in the Black Women’s Health Study. Environ Res 2016;140:360-6. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2016.04.021. PMCID: PMC Journal – In Process.
  • Adams-Campbell LL, Dash C, Palmer JR, Wiedemeier M, Rosenberg L, Cozier YC. Predictors of biospecimen donation in the Black Women’s Health Study. Cancer Causes Control 2016. doi: 10.1007/s10552-016-0747-0 (epub ahead of print). 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 2016;26(2):157-64. doi: 10.18865/ed.26.2.157. PMCID: PMC4836895.
  • White LF, Jerrett M, Yu J, Marshalld JD, Rosenberg L, Coogan PF. Ambient air pollution and 16-year weight change in African-American women. Am J Prev Med 2016. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2016.03.007 (epub ahead of print). 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 2016;93(2):279-91. doi: 10.1007/s11524-016-0034-0. PMCID: PMC Journal – In Process.
  • 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 2016;27(4):545-52. doi: 10.1007/s10552-016-0728-3. PMCID: PMC4798859.
  • 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 2016;26(1):113-22. doi: 10.18865/ed.26.1.113. PMCID: PMC4738848.
  • 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;183(4):259-68. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwv186. PMCID: PMC4753280.
  • 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;25(2):366-73. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-15-1068. PMCID: PMC4767636.
  • 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;108(4):djv361. doi: 10.1093/jnci/djv361. 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;27(2):202-10. doi: 10.1097/EDE.0000000000000418. 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;61(3):193-8. doi: 10.1038/jhg.2015.139. PMCID: PMC4808432.
  • 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: PMC4836800.
  • 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.