Martha Werler, DSc

Professor, Epidemiology
Martha Werler
Slone Epidemiology Center
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Dr. Werler became Chair of Epidemiology in July 2014, following more than 28 years at the Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University. She is a perinatal epidemiologist. Her research is supported by grants from NIH and CDC and include projects on maternal serum markers of infection and abdominal wall defects; gene-environment interactions and clubfoot; medications, folic acid intake, and inheritance in relation to spina bifida; biomarkers of hemostasis, vasculogenesis, and vitamin A pathways in relation to craniofacial anomalies; and psycho-social and cognitive outcomes in children born with craniofacial birth defects. She has published over 150 papers and book chapters; received the National Birth Defect Prevention Network Oakley Award, the Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research Mentoring Award, and the Teratology Society Fraser Award; and served on numerous NIH advisory and review boards. Dr. Werler is Director of the BU Reproductive, Perinatal, and Pediatric Epidemiology training program for pre-doctoral candidates in Epidemiology and teaches Design and Conduct of Case-Control Studies.

Other Positions:

  • Chair of Epidemiology, Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health


  • Boston College, BS
  • Boston University, DSc
  • University of Michigan, MPH

Classes Taught

  • SPHEP858
  • SPHEP911


  • Published on 11/1/2014

    Yazdy MM, Mitchell AA, Louik C, Werler MM. Use of selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitors during pregnancy and the risk of clubfoot. Epidemiology. 2014 Nov; 25(6):859-65.

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  • Published on 10/21/2014

    Ahrens KA, Louik C, Kerr S, Mitchell AA, Werler MM. Seasonal Influenza Vaccination during Pregnancy and the Risks of Preterm Delivery and Small for Gestational Age Birth. Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol. 2014 Nov; 28(6):498-509.

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  • Published on 10/18/2014

    Parker SE, Starr JR, Collett BR, Speltz ML, Werler MM. Nausea and Vomiting during Pregnancy and Neurodevelopmental Outcomes in Offspring. Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol. 2014 Nov; 28(6):527-35.

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  • Published on 10/13/2014

    Yazdy MM, Werler MM, Anderka M, Langlois PH, Vieira VM. Spatial analysis of gastroschisis in Massachusetts and Texas. Ann Epidemiol. 2015 Jan; 25(1):7-14.

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  • Published on 9/1/2014

    Werler MM, Hernandez-Diaz S. Society for pediatric and perinatal epidemiologic research annual meeting: looking back, looking forward. Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol. 2014 Sep; 28(5):359-61.

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  • Published on 8/26/2014

    MacLehose RF, Werler MM. Importance of bias analysis in epidemiologic research. Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol. 2014 Sep; 28(5):353-5.

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  • Published on 7/29/2014

    Yazdy MM, Mitchell AA, Werler MM. Maternal genitourinary infections and the risk of gastroschisis. Am J Epidemiol. 2014 Sep 1; 180(5):518-25.

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  • Published on 5/13/2014

    Werler MM, Yazdy MM, Kasser JR, Mahan ST, Meyer RE, Anderka M, Druschel CM, Mitchell AA. Medication use in pregnancy in relation to the risk of isolated clubfoot in offspring. Am J Epidemiol. 2014 Jul 1; 180(1):86-93.

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  • Published on 4/29/2014

    Skuladottir H, Wilcox AJ, Ma C, Lammer EJ, Rasmussen SA, Werler MM, Shaw GM, Carmichael SL. Corticosteroid use and risk of orofacial clefts. Birth Defects Res A Clin Mol Teratol. 2014 Jun; 100(6):499-506.

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  • Published on 4/1/2014

    Parker SE, Werler MM. Epidemiology of ischemic placental disease: a focus on preterm gestations. Semin Perinatol. 2014 Apr; 38(3):133-8.

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