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Maitreyi Mazumdar, MD, MPH

Maitreyi Mazumdar MD MPH
Neurology Research
Hospital Title:
Assistant in Neurology
Academic Title:
Assistant Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Research Focus Area:
Spina BifidaEnvironmental health
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Dr. Mazumdar’s program focuses on the role environmental hazards play in the development of neural tube defects.  Neural tube defects, including anencephaly and spina bifida, are birth defects caused by failure of the developing neural plate for fold in the first few weeks of gestations, causing death and disability in surviving children.  The study of neural tube defects also provides a unique opportunity to learn about how environmental hazards affect the developing nervous system.  Neural tube defects are flagrantly visible in newborns, and represent a severe form of injury that is likely common with those in many other neurological disorders that are more difficult to detect and classify.  Better understanding of the environmental influences that increase neural tube risk has the potential to lead to more focused interrogation of biological processes of other disorders of the developing nervous system that may have important environmental factors.

Dr. Mazumdar’s studies take place in Bangladesh, where an estimated 70 million people have been chronically exposed to high concentrations of arsenic through contaminated drinking water, beginning in the 1980s.


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  1. Rodrigues EG, Bellinger DC, Valeri L, Hasan MO, Quamruzzaman Q, Golam M, Kile ML, Christiani DC, Wright RO, Mazumdar M. Neurodevelopmental outcomes among 2- to 3-year-old children in Bangladesh with elevated blood lead and exposure to arsenic and manganese in drinking water. Environ Health. 2016; 15:44.
  2. Kile ML, Cardenas A, Rodrigues E, Mazumdar M, Dobson C, Golam M, Quamruzzaman Q, Rahman M, Christiani DC. Estimating Effects of Arsenic Exposure During Pregnancy on Perinatal Outcomes in a Bangladeshi Cohort. Epidemiology. 2016 Mar; 27(2):173-81.
  3. Mazumdar M, Valeri L, Rodrigues EG, Ibne Hasan MO, Hamid R, Paul L, Selhub J, Silva F, Mostofa MG, Quamruzzaman Q, Rahman M, Christiani DC. Polymorphisms in maternal folate pathway genes interact with arsenic in drinking water to influence risk of myelomeningocele. Birth Defects Res A Clin Mol Teratol. 2015 Sep; 103(9):754-62.
  4. Mazumdar M, Ibne Hasan MO, Hamid R, Valeri L, Paul L, Selhub J, Rodrigues EG, Silva F, Mia S, Mostofa MG, Quamruzzaman Q, Rahman M, Christiani DC. Arsenic is associated with reduced effect of folic acid in myelomeningocele prevention: a case control study in Bangladesh. Environ Health. 2015; 14:34.
  5. Mazumdar M, Christiani DC, Biswas SK, Ibne-Hasan OS, Kapur K, Hug C. Elevated sweat chloride levels due to arsenic toxicity. N Engl J Med. 2015 Feb 5; 372(6):582-4.
  6. Bobb JF, Valeri L, Claus Henn B, Christiani DC, Wright RO, Mazumdar M, Godleski JJ, Coull BA. Bayesian kernel machine regression for estimating the health effects of multi-pollutant mixtures. Biostatistics. 2015 Jul; 16(3):493-508.
  7. Gleason K, Shine JP, Shobnam N, Rokoff LB, Suchanda HS, Ibne Hasan MO, Mostofa G, Amarasiriwardena C, Quamruzzaman Q, Rahman M, Kile ML, Bellinger DC, Christiani DC, Wright RO, Mazumdar M. Contaminated turmeric is a potential source of lead exposure for children in rural Bangladesh. J Environ Public Health. 2014; 2014:730636.
  8. Bernson-Leung ME, Mazumdar M. Journal club: pretreatment EEG in childhood absence epilepsy. Neurology. 2014 May 6; 82(18):e158-60.
  9. Kile ML, Rodrigues EG, Mazumdar M, Dobson CB, Diao N, Golam M, Quamruzzaman Q, Rahman M, Christiani DC. A prospective cohort study of the association between drinking water arsenic exposure and self-reported maternal health symptoms during pregnancy in Bangladesh. Environ Health. 2014; 13(1):29.
  10. Mazumdar M, Xia W, Hofmann O, Gregas M, Ho Sui S, Hide W, Yang T, Needleman HL, Bellinger DC. Prenatal lead levels, plasma amyloid ß levels, and gene expression in young adulthood. Environ Health Perspect. 2012 May; 120(5):702-7.
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  12. Mazumdar M, Bellinger DC, Gregas M, Abanilla K, Bacic J, Needleman HL. Low-level environmental lead exposure in childhood and adult intellectual function: a follow-up study. Environ Health. 2011; 10:24.
  13. Mazumdar M. Risk of death is not increased in children with simple febrile seizures. J Pediatr. 2009 Jan; 154(1):150-1.
  14. Mazumdar M. Febrile seizures and risk of death. Lancet. 2008 Aug 9; 372(9637):429-30.
  15. Mazumdar M, Liu CY, Wang SF, Pan PC, Wu MT, Christiani DC. No association between parental or subject occupation and brain tumor risk. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2008 Jul; 17(7):1835-7.
  16. Mazumdar M, Heeney MM, Sox CM, Lieu TA. Preventing stroke among children with sickle cell anemia: an analysis of strategies that involve transcranial Doppler testing and chronic transfusion. Pediatrics. 2007 Oct; 120(4):e1107-16.
  17. Mazumdar M, Pandharipande P, Poduri A. Does albendazole affect seizure remission and computed tomography response in children with neurocysticercosis? A Systematic review and meta-analysis. J Child Neurol. 2007 Feb; 22(2):135-42.
  18. Anselm IA, Anselm IM, Alkuraya FS, Salomons GS, Jakobs C, Fulton AB, Mazumdar M, Rivkin M, Frye R, Poussaint TY, Marsden D. X-linked creatine transporter defect: a report on two unrelated boys with a severe clinical phenotype. J Inherit Metab Dis. 2006 Feb; 29(1):214-9.
  19. Mazumdar M, Rivkin, M. Creatine deficiency syndrome: A case of defective creatine transport presenting with episodic dystonia. Annals of Neurology. 2003; 54(Suppl. 7):S157.
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