Jennifer Weuve

Jennifer Weuve, MPH, ScD

Associate Professor, Epidemiology - Boston University School of Public Health


Jennifer Weuve, MPH, ScD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology of the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH). In her research, she pursues answers to questions in two major realms of human health: (1) the forces that accelerate the aging of the brain and body, and (2) the health effects of being exposed to environmental toxicants. Underlying all of her research is a foundation in epidemiologic methods. Dr. Weuve is PI or co-investigator of several projects that encompass both of these realms. For example, she is PI of two NIH-funded epidemiologic studies of air pollution and dementia risk.  The first study, the Air-Noise-Dementia Study (ANDS) examines the hypothesis that long-term exposure to air pollution and noise from the community affect brain changes that we can see on magnetic resonance images (MRI) and, ultimately, the development of dementia.  The second study is entitled “Air Pollution and Alzheimer's Dementia: Neuropathologic and Olfactory Mechanisms in Multi-Ethnic Longitudinal Cohorts Dementia” (AERONoSE).  With engagement of a cross-disciplinary team including Dr. Jayant Pinto (University of Chicago), this study evaluates olfactory pathways linking air pollution exposure to dementia risk. With other co-PIs, Dr. Weuve is validating a portable XRF instrument for quantifying lead in bone and mercury and manganese in toe nail (NIEHS). Such an instrument potentially could be used in large-scale investigations into the health effects of cumulative exposures to these metals. Dr. Weuve is a member of the editorial board of EPIDEMIOLOGY. She is also Co-Director of the international initiative, MEthods in LOngitudinal research on DEMentia (MELODEM) and PI of the NIH grant that supports it. Dr. Weuve earned degrees in epidemiology at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health (MPH) and the T.H. Chan Harvard School of Public Health (ScD), and held a post-doctoral fellowship in environmental health at the T.H. Chan Harvard School of Public Health. Prior to joining BUSPH, she was on the faculty of the Rush Institute for Healthy Aging in Chicago.


  • Harvard School of Public Health, ScD Field of Study: Epidemiology
  • University of Minnesota, MPH Field of Study: Epidemiology
  • Luther College, BA Field of Study: Chemistry

Classes Taught

  • SPHEP770


  • Published on 7/23/2022

    Glymour MM, Weuve J, Dufouil C, Mayeda ER. Aduhelm, the Newly Approved Medication for Alzheimer Disease: What Epidemiologists Can Learn and What Epidemiology Can Offer. Am J Epidemiol. 2022 Jul 23; 191(8):1347-1351. PMID: 35388413.

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  • Published on 7/23/2022

    LeClair J, Weuve J, Fox MP, Mez J, Alosco ML, Nowinski C, McKee A, Tripodis Y. Relationship Between Level of American Football Playing and Diagnosis of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy in a Selection Bias Analysis. Am J Epidemiol. 2022 Jul 23; 191(8):1429-1443. PMID: 35434739.

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  • Published on 4/25/2022

    Boogaard H, Patton AP, Atkinson RW, Brook JR, Chang HH, Crouse DL, Fussell JC, Hoek G, Hoffmann B, Kappeler R, Kutlar Joss M, Ondras M, Sagiv SK, Samoli E, Shaikh R, Smargiassi A, Szpiro AA, Van Vliet EDS, Vienneau D, Weuve J, Lurmann FW, Forastiere F. Long-term exposure to traffic-related air pollution and selected health outcomes: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Environ Int. 2022 Jun; 164:107262. PMID: 35569389.

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  • Published on 4/1/2022

    Phelps A, Alosco ML, Baucom Z, Hartlage K, Palmisano JN, Weuve J, Mez J, Tripodis Y, Stern RA. Association of Playing College American Football With Long-term Health Outcomes and Mortality. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 Apr 01; 5(4):e228775. PMID: 35442450.

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  • Published on 4/1/2022

    Jimenez MP, Elliott EG, DeVille NV, Laden F, Hart JE, Weuve J, Grodstein F, James P. Residential Green Space and Cognitive Function in a Large Cohort of Middle-Aged Women. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 Apr 01; 5(4):e229306. PMID: 35476063.

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  • Published on 3/28/2022

    Armstrong NM, Tom SE, Harrati A, Casaletto K, Pa J, Arce Rentería M, Gu Y, Rajan KB, Schupf N, Fieo R, Weuve J, Simonsick EM, Manly JJ, Stern Y, Zahodne LB. Longitudinal Relationship of Leisure Activity Engagement With Cognitive Performance Among Non-Demented, Community-Dwelling Older Adults. Gerontologist. 2022 Mar 28; 62(3):352-363. PMID: 33784376.

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  • Published on 2/3/2022

    Chen R, Weuve J, Misra S, Cuevas A, Kubzansky LD, Williams DR. Racial Disparities in Cognitive Function Among Middle-Aged and Older Adults: The Roles of Cumulative Stress Exposures Across the Life Course. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2022 Feb 03; 77(2):357-364. PMID: 33824971.

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  • Published on 1/25/2022

    Laouali N, Benmarhnia T, Lanphear BP, Weuve J, Mascari M, Boutron-Ruault MC, Oulhote Y. Association between blood metals mixtures concentrations and cognitive performance, and effect modification by diet in older US adults. Environ Epidemiol. 2022 Feb; 6(1):e192. PMID: 35169670.

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  • Published on 12/1/2021

    Daneshvar DH, Mez J, Alosco ML, Baucom ZH, Mahar I, Baugh CM, Valle JP, Weuve J, Paganoni S, Cantu RC, Zafonte RD, Stern RA, Stein TD, Tripodis Y, Nowinski CJ, McKee AC. Incidence of and Mortality From Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in National Football League Athletes. JAMA Netw Open. 2021 12 01; 4(12):e2138801. PMID: 34910152.

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  • Published on 11/10/2021

    MELODEM Leadership Committee. Updated: MELODEM statement on aducanumab. The MELODEM Initiative. Boston, MA. 2021.

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