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Brian Leaderer, MPH, PhD

Susan Dwight Bliss Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology (Environmental Health Sciences); Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health; Senior Research Scientist, Yale Center for Perinatal, Pediatric and Environmental Epidemiology, Environmental Health Sciences



Dr. Brian Leaderer is the Susan Dwight Bliss Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Yale School of Public Health and Professor Emeritus of the Yale School of the Environment. He is also a Senior Research Scientist at the Yale Center for Perinatal, Pediatric and Environmental Epidemiology (the Yale CPPEE, or the "Center"), which he co-directed for 18 years.  In his role as the Deputy Dean at the Yale School of Public Health for over 14 years (during which he was also Interim Dean for 2 years), he oversaw Faculty Affairs including the Appointments and Promotion Committee and Faculty Mentoring Program. He has served on several Committees and Review Panels (NRC, EPA, HEI, etc.). 

Dr. Leaderer's research interests, resulting in over 300 publications, are interdisciplinary in nature with a focus on assessing exposures (measured and modeled in both environmental chamber and field studies) to air contaminants (indoor and outdoor) and assessing the health impact resulting from those exposures in epidemiological studies. Over the past 30 years, he has been Principal Investigator on numerous research grants (totaling approximately $40 million). Several of these grants have been large epidemiologic-based grants (R01s) centered on the role of environmental and genetic factors on the respiratory health of children with particular attention to their role in the development of asthma and asthma severity.  He has collaborated with colleagues from several disciplines at the Yale CPPEE for over 30 years on several epidemiologic studies examining the impact of pollutants on perinatal and pediatric outcomes. With funding from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), he investigated the relationship between exposures to indoor levels of nitrogen dioxide, traffic contaminants, and the exacerbation of asthma in 1,401 children (in the STAR Study).  The findings from this study resulted in another NIH-funded (NIEHS) grant to conduct a double-blind, randomized control, triple cross-over design intervention trial in urban homes of asthmatic children to examine the efficacy of reducing exposure to indoor levels of PM2.5 and NO2 on reducing asthma severity.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    Yale University, Environmental Epidemiology (1975)
  • MPH
    Yale University, Environmental Health (1971)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
The Crosby Field Award for the best paper published by ASHRAE during 1983 and its contribution to the Society's technical literature.ASHRAE1983

Professional Service

Winslow Medal Committee, Yale School of Public Health, School of MedicineChair2012 - Present
Yale School of Public Health Centennial Planning CommitteeChair2010 - 2015
NIAID, Inner City Asthma Consortium External Scientific Advisory GroupMember2009 - Present
Special Panel on air Toxins, Health Effects InstituteMember2006 - 2007
Special Panel on Traffic, Health Effects InstituteMember2006 - 2007
WHO Working Group, Systematic Review of Air Pollution to support the Clean Air for Europe EC effortMember2003 - 2005
NIH-NIEHS Special Emphasis PanelMember2003 - 2004
Co-Chair, Reaccreditation Committee, Yale School of Public HealthChair2000 - Present
Health Review Committee, Health Effects Institute (HEI)Member1999 - 2007
External Advisory Committee, New York University Particle Matter Research CenterMember1999 - 2004
External Advisory Board, NIEHS Development Center, University of New MexicoMember1999 - 2004
Scientific Advisory Panel, Mickey Leland National Urban Air Toxic Research CenterMember1999 - 2004
Data Safety and Monitoring Board, Inner-City Asthma Study, Division of Allergy, Immunology and Transportation of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)Member1999 - 2002
Health Effects Institute Research Review CommitteeReviewer1995 - 2005
Harvard Superfund Research Advisory Committee, Harvard School of Public HealthMember1993 - 2002
Several advisory groups for the U.S. EPAMember1991 - Present
Board of Directors of International Society of Exposure AnalysisMember1989 - Present
Several World Health Organization Committees on Indoor Air Quality including Biological Contaminants and Combustion Source ContaminantsMember1988 - Present
Science Advisory Board, U.S. EPA; Board Committees: Review of Clinical Research Program, Exposure Assessment Committee, Future Research Needs in the '90s, Health Research Needs and Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards Committees, Indoor Air Quality and Total Human Exposure Assessment CommitteeMember1985 - Present

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