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Renee Gardner

Assistant professor

Visiting address : Tomtebodavägen 18A; Widerströmska huset, 171 77 Stockholm, Sweden
Delivery address : Tomtebodavägen 18A; Widerströmska huset, 171 77 Stockholm, Sweden


2009               Ph.D., Environmental Health Sciences

                       Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health

                        Baltimore, MD, USA


2004               BS, Cell and Molecular Biology

                        BA, Philosophy

                        Tulane University

                        New Orleans, LA, USA

Research description

My research focuses on the question of how factors in early life, such as maternal nutrition and metabolic conditions, infectious diseases, and inflammation, can affect later risk of psychiatric disorders, including non-affective psychosis and autism spectrum disorders.  To evaluate these relationships, I use both Swedish population health register data and molecular analysis of archived biological samples, such as dried blood spots collected during routine neonatal screening for metabolic disorders.


Influence of maternal infections on neonatal acute phase proteins and their interaction in the development of non-affective psychosis
Blomström Å, Gardner Rm, Dalman C, Yolken Rh, Karlsson H
Translational psychiatry 2015;5():e502-

Maternal body mass index during early pregnancy, gestational weight gain, and risk of autism spectrum disorders: Results from a Swedish total population and discordant sibling study
Gardner Rm, Lee Bk, Magnusson C, Rai D, Frisell T, Karlsson H, et al
International journal of epidemiology 2015;44(3):870-83

Maternal folate status as a risk factor for autism spectrum disorders: a review of existing evidence
Devilbiss Ea, Gardner Rm, Newschaffer Cj, Lee Bk
The British journal of nutrition 2015;114(5):663-72

Maternal hospitalization with infection during pregnancy and risk of autism spectrum disorders
Lee Bk, Magnusson C, Gardner Rm, Blomström Å, Newschaffer Cj, Burstyn I, et al
Brain, behavior, and immunity 2015;44():100-5

Arsenic exposure and cell-mediated immunity in pre-school children in rural Bangladesh
Ahmed S, Moore Se, Kippler M, Gardner R, Hawlader Md, Wagatsuma Y, et al
Toxicological sciences : an official journal of the Society of Toxicology 2014;141(1):166-75

Activation of kynurenine pathway in ex vivo fibroblasts from patients with bipolar disorder or schizophrenia: cytokine challenge increases production of 3-hydroxykynurenine
Johansson As, Owe-larsson B, Asp L, Kocki T, Adler M, Hetta J, et al
Journal of psychiatric research 2013;47(11):1815-23

Environmental exposure to metals and children's growth to age 5 years: a prospective cohort study
Gardner Rm, Kippler M, Tofail F, Bottai M, Hamadani J, Grandér M, et al
American journal of epidemiology 2013;177(12):1356-67

Neonatal levels of acute phase proteins and later risk of non-affective psychosis
Gardner Rm, Dalman C, Wicks S, Lee Bk, Karlsson H
Translational psychiatry 2013;3():e228-

Brief Report: Maternal Smoking During Pregnancy and Autism Spectrum Disorders
Lee Bk, Gardner Rm, Dal H, Svensson A, Galanti Mr, Rai D, et al

Early-life cadmium exposure and child development in 5-year-old girls and boys: a cohort study in rural Bangladesh
Kippler M, Tofail F, Hamadani Jd, Gardner Rm, Grantham-mcgregor Sm, Bottai M, et al
Environmental health perspectives 2012;120(10):1462-8

Maternal cadmium exposure during pregnancy and size at birth: a prospective cohort study
Kippler M, Tofail F, Gardner R, Rahman A, Hamadani Jd, Bottai M, et al
Environmental health perspectives 2012;120(2):284-9

Pregnancy and the methyltransferase genotype independently influence the arsenic methylation phenotype
Gardner Rm, Engström K, Bottai M, Hoque Wa, Raqib R, Broberg K, et al
Pharmacogenetics and genomics 2012;22(7):508-16

Arsenic-Associated Oxidative Stress, Inflammation, and Immune Disruption in Human Placenta and Cord Blood
Ahmed S, Khoda Sme, Rekha Rs, Gardner Rm, Ameer Ss, Moore S, et al

Arsenic methylation efficiency increases during the first trimester of pregnancy independent of folate status
Gardner Rm, Nermell B, Kippler M, Grander M, Li L, Ekstrom Ec, et al

Critical windows of exposure for arsenic-associated impairment of cognitive function in pre-school girls and boys: a population-based cohort study
Hamadani Jd, Tofail F, Nermell B, Gardner R, Shiraji S, Bottai M, et al

Persistent exposure to arsenic via drinking water in rural Bangladesh despite major mitigation efforts
Gardner R, Hamadani J, Grandér M, Tofail F, Nermell B, Palm B, et al
American journal of public health 2011;101 Suppl 1():S333-8

Mercury Induces an Unopposed Inflammatory Response in Human Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells in Vitro
Gardner Rm, Nyland Jf, Evans Sl, Wang Sb, Doyle Km, Crainiceanu Cm, et al

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