Lynn Rosenberg, Sc.D.

Lynn RosenbergSenior Epidemiologist
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 Senior Epidemiologist and former 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 400 scientific papers.

The following are Dr. Rosenberg’s 25 most recent publications from a total of 399:

  • Bacon KL, Stuver SO, Cozier YC, Palmer JR, Rosenberg L, Ruiz-Narváez EA. Perceived racism and incident diabetes in the Black Women’s Health Study. Diabetologia (in press). PMCID: PMC Journal – In Process.
  • Chetwynd EM, Stuebe AM, Rosenberg L, Troester M, Rowley D, Palmer JR. Cumulative lactation and onset of hypertension in African American women. Am J Epidemiol 2017. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwx163 (epub ahead of print). PMCID: PMC Journal – In Process.
  • Yao S, Hong CC, Bandera EV, Zhu Q, Liu S, Cheng TYD, Zirpoli G, Haddad SA, Lunetta KL, Ruiz-Narváez EA, McCann SE, Troester MA, Rosenberg L, Palmer JR, Olshan AF, Ambrosone CB. Demographic, lifestyle, and genetic determinants of circulating concentrations of 25-hydroxyvitamin D and vitamin D-binding protein in African American and European American women. Am J Clin Nutr 2017;105(6):1362-71. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.116.143248. PMCID: PMC Journal – In Process.
  • Williams LA, Olshan AF, Hong CC, Bandera EV, Rosenberg L, Cheng TYD, Lunetta KL, McCann SE, Poole C, Kolonel LN, Palmer JR, Ambrosone CB, Troester MA. Alcohol intake and breast cancer risk in African American women from the AMBER Consortium. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2017;26(5):787-94. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-16-0792. PMCID: PMC Journal – In Process.
  • Sponholtz TR, Palmer JR, Rosenberg L, Hatch EE, Adams-Campbell LL, Wise LA. Reproductive factors and incidence of endometrial cancer in U.S. black women. Cancer Causes Control 2017;28(6):579-88. doi: 10.1007/s10552-017-0880-4. PMCID: PMC Journal – In Process.
  • VanderWeele TJ, Yu J, Cozier YC, Wise LA, Argentieri MA, Rosenberg L, Palmer JR, Shields AE. Attendance at religious services, prayer, religious coping, and religious/spiritual identity as predictors of all-cause mortality in the Black Women’s Health Study. Am J Epidemiol 2017;185(7):515-22. doi: 10.1093/aje/kww179. PMCID: PMC Journal – In Process.
  • Jerrett M, Brook RD, Burnett RT, White LF, Yu J, Su J, Seto E, Marshall J, Palmer JR, Rosenberg L, Coogan PF. Ambient ozone and incident diabetes: a prospective analysis in a large cohort of African American women. Environ Int 2017;102:42-7. doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2016.12.011. PMCID: PMC Journal – In Process.
  • Coogan PF, White LF, Yu J, Brook RD, Burnett RT, Marshall JD, Bethea TN, Rosenberg L, Jerrett M. Long-term exposure to NO2 and ozone and hypertension incidence in the Black Women’s Health Study. Am J Hypertens 2017;30(4):367-72. doi: 10.1093/ajh/hpw168. PMCID: PMC Journal – In Process.
  • Heaton B, Gordon NB, Garcia RI, Rosenberg L, Rich S, Fox MP, Cozier YC. A clinical validation of self-reported periodontitis among participants in the Black Women’s Health Study. J Periodontol 2017;88(6):582-92. doi: 10.1902/jop.2017.160678. PMCID: PMC Journal – In Process.
  • Bethea TN, Palmer JR, Adams-Campbell LL, Rosenberg L. A prospective study of reproductive factors and exogenous hormone use in relation to ovarian cancer risk among black women. Cancer Causes Control 2017;28(5):385-91. doi: 10.1007/s10552-016-0840-4. PMCID: PMC5386825.
  • Charlot M, Castro-Webb N, Bethea TN, Bertrand K, Boggs DA, Denis GV, Adams-Campbell LL, Rosenberg L, Palmer JR. Diabetes and breast cancer mortality in black women. Cancer Causes Control 2017;28(1):61-7. doi: 10.1007/s10552-016-0837-z. PMCID: PMC Journal – In Process.
  • Zhu Q, Shepherd L, Lunetta KL, Yao S, Liu Q, Hu Q, Haddad SA, Sucheston-Campbell L, Bensen JT, Bandera EV, Rosenberg L, Liu S, Haiman CA, Olshan AF, Palmer JR, Ambrosone CB. Trans-ethnic follow-up of breast cancer GWAS hits using the preferential linkage disequilibrium approach. Oncotarget 2017;7(50):83160-76. doi: 10.18632/oncotarget.13075. PMCID: PMC5341253.
  • Bertrand KA, Bethea TN, Adams-Campbell LL, Rosenberg L, Palmer JR. Differential patterns of risk factors for early-onset breast cancer by ER status in African American women. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2017;26(2):270-7. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-16-0692. PMCID: PMC5296374.
  • Ruiz-Narváez EA, Lunetta KL, Hong CC, Haddad S, Yao S, Cheng TYD, Bensen JT, Bandera EV, Haiman CA, Troester MA, Ambrosone CB, Rosenberg L, Palmer JR. Genetic variation in the insulin, insulin-like growth factor, growth hormone, and leptin pathways in relation to breast cancer in African American women: the AMBER consortium. NPJ Breast Cancer 2016;2. doi: 10.1038/npjbcancer.2016.34. PMCID: PMC5142758.
  • Campbell PT, Newton CC, Freedman ND, Koshiol J, Alavanja MC, Beane Freeman LE, Buring JE, Chan AT, Chong DQ, Datta M, Gaudet MM, Gaziano JM, Giovannucci EL, Graubard BI, Hollenbeck AR, King L, Lee IM, Linet MS, Palmer JR, Petrick JL, Poynter JN, Purdue MP, Robien K, Rosenberg L, Sahasrabuddhe VV, Schairer C, Sesso HD, Sigurdson AJ, Stevens VL, Wactawski-Wende J, Zeleniuch-Jacquotte A, Renehan AG, McGlynn KA. Body mass index, waist circumference, diabetes, and risk of liver cancer for U.S. adults. Cancer Res 2016;76(20):6076-83. doi: 10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-16-0787. PMCID: PMC5141518.
  • Shields AE, Wise LA, Ruiz-Narváez EA, Seddighzadeh B, Byun HM, Cozier YC, Rosenberg L, Palmer JR, Baccarelli AA. Childhood abuse, promoter methylation of leukocyte NR3C1 and the potential modifying effect of emotional support. Epigenomics 2016;8(11):1507-17. doi: 10.2217/epi-2016-0074. PMCID: PMC5116751.
  • Nomura SJO, Dash C, Rosenberg L, Palmer JR, Adams-Campbell LL. Sedentary time and breast cancer incidence in African American women. Cancer Causes Control 2016;27(10):1239-52. doi: 10.1007/s10552-016-0803-9. PMCID: PMC Journal – In Process.
  • Palmer JR, Gerlovin H, Bethea TN, Bertrand KA, Holick MF, Ruiz-Narváez EA, Wise LA, Haddad SA, Adams-Campbell LL, Kaufman HW, Rosenberg L, Cozier YC. Predicted 25-hydroxyvitamin D in relation to incidence of breast cancer in a large cohort of African American women. Breast Cancer Res 2016;18(1):86. doi: 10.1186/s13058-016-0745-x. PMCID: PMC4983060.
  • Nomura SJO, Dash C, Rosenberg L, Yu J, Palmer JR, Adams-Campbell LL. Adherence to diet, physical activity and body weight recommendations and breast cancer incidence in the Black Women’s Health Study. Int J Cancer 2016;139(12):2738-52. doi: 10.1002/ijc.30410. PMCID: PMC Journal – In Process.
  • Zhang J, Yao S, Hu Q, Zhu Q, Liu S, Lunetta KL, Haddad SA, Yang N, Shen H, Hong CC, Sucheston-Campbell L, Ruiz-Narváez EA, Bensen JT, Troester MA, Bandera EV, Rosenberg L, Haiman CA, Olshan AF, Palmer JR, Ambrosone CB. Genetic variations in the Hippo signaling pathway and breast cancer risk in African American women in the AMBER Consortium. Carcinogenesis 2016;37(10):951-6. doi: 10.1093/carcin/bgw077. PMCID: PMC5035397.
  • Gong Z, Hong CC, Bandera EV, Adams-Campbell LL, Troester MA, Park SY, McInerney KA, Zirpoli G, Olshan AF, Palmer JR, Ambrosone CB, Rosenberg L. Vigorous physical activity and risk of breast cancer in the African American Breast Cancer Epidemiology and Risk Consortium. Breast Cancer Res Treat 2016;159(2):347-56. doi: 10.1007/s10549-016-3936-3. PMCID: PMC5399543.
  • Wise LA, Palmer JR, Rosenberg L, Haddad SA, Ruiz-Narváez EA. FASN, dietary fat intake, and risk of uterine leiomyomata in the Black Women’s Health Study. Fertil Steril 2016;106(5):1136-41. doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2016.06.019. PMCID: PMC5048502.
  • Haddad SA, Ruiz-Narváez EA, Haiman CA, Sucheston-Campbell LE, Bensen JT, Zhu Q, Liu S, Yao S, Bandera EV, Rosenberg L, Palmer JR, Olshan AF, Ambrosone CB, Lunetta KL. An exome-wide analysis of low frequency and rare variants in relation to risk of breast cancer in African American women: the AMBER Consortium. Carcinogenesis 2016;37(9):870-7. doi: 10.1093/carcin/bgw067. PMCID: PMC5008246.
  • 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 2016;27(7):869-79. doi: 10.1007/s10552-016-0760-3. PMCID: PMC4925173.
  • 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 2016;37(6):607-15. doi: 10.1093/carcin/bgw040. PMCID: PMC4876991.