Jennifer Weuve

Jennifer Weuve, MPH, ScD

Professor, Epidemiology - Boston University School of Public Health


Jennifer Weuve, MPH, ScD is a 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 a Co-Director of the international initiative, MEthods in LOngitudinal research on DEMentia (MELODEM) and PI of the NIH grant that supports it. She is also PI or co-investigator of several projects that encompass both the dementia and environmental exposure 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 multi-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 validated 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. Collectively, these projects comprise a foundation for extending inquiries in numerous informative directions, such as the role of environmental injustice in generating dementia inequities.

Dr. Weuve is a member of the editorial board of EPIDEMIOLOGY. She 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/Mathematics

Classes Taught

  • SPHEP855


  • Published on 11/22/2023

    Boogaard H, Atkinson RW, Brook JR, Chang HH, Hoek G, Hoffmann B, Sagiv SK, Samoli E, Smargiassi A, Szpiro AA, Vienneau D, Weuve J, Lurmann FW, Forastiere F. Evidence Synthesis of Observational Studies in Environmental Health: Lessons Learned from a Systematic Review on Traffic-Related Air Pollution. Environ Health Perspect. 2023 Nov; 131(11):115002. PMID: 37991444.

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  • Published on 10/1/2023

    Zhang B, Weuve J, Langa KM, D'Souza J, Szpiro A, Faul J, Mendes de Leon C, Gao J, Kaufman JD, Sheppard L, Lee J, Kobayashi LC, Hirth R, Adar SD. Comparison of Particulate Air Pollution From Different Emission Sources and Incident Dementia in the US. JAMA Intern Med. 2023 Oct 01; 183(10):1080-1089. PMID: 37578757.

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  • Published on 9/5/2023

    Zhang B, Langa KM, Weuve J, D'Souza J, Szpiro A, Faul J, Mendes de Leon C, Kaufman JD, Lisabeth L, Hirth RA, Adar SD. Hypertension and Stroke as Mediators of Air Pollution Exposure and Incident Dementia. JAMA Netw Open. 2023 Sep 05; 6(9):e2333470. PMID: 37728927.

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  • Published on 8/24/2023

    Burkhardt M, Weuve J, Hong TJ, Madad S, Murray EJ. Reimagining Public Health Literacy in Outbreak Settings. OSF Preprints. 2023.

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  • Published on 6/21/2023

    Grady ST, Hart JE, Laden F, Roscoe C, Nguyen DD, Nelson EJ, Bozigar M, VoPham T, Manson JE, Weuve J, Adar SD, Forman JP, Rexrode K, Levy JI, Peters JL. Associations between long-term aircraft noise exposure, cardiovascular disease, and mortality in US cohorts of female nurses. Environ Epidemiol. 2023 Aug; 7(4):e259. PMID: 37545808.

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  • Published on 6/20/2023

    Daneshvar DH, Nair ES, Baucom ZH, Rasch A, Abdolmohammadi B, Uretsky M, Saltiel N, Shah A, Jarnagin J, Baugh CM, Martin BM, Palmisano JN, Cherry JD, Alvarez VE, Huber BR, Weuve J, Nowinski CJ, Cantu RC, Zafonte RD, Dwyer B, Crary JF, Goldstein LE, Kowall NW, Katz DI, Stern RA, Tripodis Y, Stein TD, McClean MD, Alosco ML, McKee AC, Mez J. Leveraging football accelerometer data to quantify associations between repetitive head impacts and chronic traumatic encephalopathy in males. Nat Commun. 2023 Jun 20; 14(1):3470. PMID: 37340004.

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  • Published on 5/31/2023

    Kutlar Joss M, Boogaard H, Samoli E, Patton AP, Atkinson R, Brook J, Chang H, Haddad P, Hoek G, Kappeler R, Sagiv S, Smargiassi A, Szpiro A, Vienneau D, Weuve J, Lurmann F, Forastiere F, Hoffmann BH. Long-Term Exposure to Traffic-Related Air Pollution and Diabetes: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Int J Public Health. 2023; 68:1605718. PMID: 37325174.

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  • Published on 5/16/2023

    Ranker LR, Ross CS, Rudolph AE, Weuve J, Xuan Z. Identifying and describing trajectories of alcohol use frequency and binge drinking frequency among those aged 15-30?years in a national cohort of US adolescents: A group-based trajectory modeling approach. Addiction. 2023 Sep; 118(9):1739-1750. PMID: 37069487.

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  • Published on 4/7/2023

    Boogaard H, Samoli E, Patton AP, Atkinson RW, Brook JR, Chang HH, Hoffmann B, Kutlar Joss M, Sagiv SK, Smargiassi A, Szpiro AA, Vienneau D, Weuve J, Lurmann FW, Forastiere F, Hoek G. Long-term exposure to traffic-related air pollution and non-accidental mortality: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Environ Int. 2023 Jun; 176:107916. PMID: 37210806.

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  • Published on 11/29/2022

    Rajan KB, McAninch EA, Aggarwal NT, Barnes LL, Wilson RS, Weuve J, DeCarli CS, Evans DA. Longitudinal Changes in Blood Biomarkers of Clinical Alzheimer Disease in a Biracial Population Sample. Neurology. 2023 Feb 21; 100(8):e874-e883. PMID: 36446595.

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