Philippe Grandjean


  • J. B. Winsløws Vej 17, 2. sal.

    5000 Odense C


1973 …2020
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Personal profile


Born 1950

MD, University of Copenhagen, 1974
DMSc, University of Copenhagen, 1979

Fulbright Senior Scholar, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, 1978-80
Chief, Department of Occupational Medicine, Danish National Institute of Occupational Health, 1980-82
Professor of Environmental Medicine, University of Southern Denmark from 1982
Consultant to the Danish Health and Medicines Authority from 1983
Adjunct Professor of Environmental Health and Neurology, Boston University, 1994-2002
Adjunct Professor of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health from 2003

Scientific journals, societies and awards
European Editor, Archives of Environmental Health, 1986-1992
Founding Editor, Environmental Health, 2002-
Member, editorial boards of four other journals
Fellow, Collegium Ramazzini, 1987; Council member, 2005-2013
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1994
‘Mercury madness award’ for excellence in science in the public interest, from eight US environmental organizations, 2004
Emeritus Fellow, International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, 2009
Honorary Research Award, International Order of Odd Fellows, 2010
Science Communication Award, University of Southern Denmark, 2012

Major committees
Chair, International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, Commission on Toxicology, 1987-1991
Member, Danish Medical Research Council, 1992-1998
Chair, Research Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation, 2004-2009
Member, European Food Safety Authority, Panel on Contaminants, 2003-2009
Member of special emphasis panels, National Institutes of Health (USA) from 2009
Member of research committee under the Norwegian Research Council from 2009
Member of World Health Organization's European Advisory Committee on Health Research from 2011
Member of the Scientific Committee, European Environment Agency from 2012

Research areas

Research Profile

Dr. Grandjean is Professor of Environmental Medicine at the University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark and, since 2003, Adjunct Professor of Environmental Health at Harvard School of Public Health. He is also Consultant to the Danish Health and Medicines Authority. He serves on editorial boards of several scientific journals and, in 2002, became a founding Editor-in-Chief of "Environmental Health". Most of his scientific journal publications relate to adverse effects in children exposed to chemical pollutants.

Research information

 Environmental epidemiology research with a focus on delayed effects associated with exposures to environmental chemicals, especially during early development.
The main efforts are based on prospective studies of birth cohorts exposed to elevated levels of environmental pollution, especially at the Fare Islands, where the main source of exposure is the traditional diet (pilot whale). The focus is on neurotoxicity, immunotoxicity, endocrine disruption and other adverse effects on growth and development. The research has dealt with (methyl)mercury, but other key pollutants are the perfluorinated compounds, PCBs and endocrine disruptors.
In addition, an important research angle is age-dependent functional decline and degenerative disease of the nervous systen and the cardiovascular system in relation to life-time exposure to mercury and persistent environmental chemicals. Studies in other countries also focus on neurological effects due to arsenic, fluoride and pesticides.
Research in these fields may lead to intervention and prevention - with possible economic consequenses - thereby necessitating consideration of the so-called precautionary principle in interpreting the research results.

Research areas

  • Prevention and Screening

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Research Output 1973 2020

356 Downloads (Pure)

Partition of Environmental Chemicals between Maternal and Fetal Blood and Tissues

Needham, L. L., Grandjean, P., Heinzow, B., Jørgensen, P. J., Nielsen, F., Patterson, D. G., Sjödin, A., Turner, W. E. & Weihe, P., 1. Feb 2011, In : Environmental Science & Technology (Washington). 45, 3, p. 1121-1126 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Even low-dose lead exposure is hazardous

Grandjean, P., 11. Sep 2010, In : Lancet. 376, 9744, p. 855-6 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearch

Adverse effects of methylmercury: environmental health research implications

Grandjean, P., Satoh, H., Murata, K. & Eto, K., 1. Aug 2010, In : Environmental Health Perspectives. 118, 8, p. 1137-45 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearch

Environmental Health

An ignored risk factor in toxicology: The total imprecision of exposure assessment

Grandjean, P. & Budtz-Jørgensen, E., 25. Jan 2010, In : Pure and Applied Chemistry. 82, 2, p. 383-391 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearch

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Activities 1992 2019

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Philippe Grandjean (Visiting researcher)
1. Jan 2003 → …

Activity: Visiting another research institution

Environmental Health (Journal)

Philippe Grandjean (Editor)
1. Jan 2002 → …

Activity: Editorial work and peer reviewEditor of research journalCommunication

Miljøgifte og din patient

Philippe Grandjean (Guest lecturer), Tina Kold Jensen (Guest lecturer), Jens Søndergaard (Guest lecturer)
13. Nov 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalks and presentations in private or public companies

Kemi på hjernen

Philippe Grandjean (Guest lecturer)
12. Nov 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalks and presentations in private or public companies

Children’s health: Risks to brain development from exposure to environmental chemicals

Philippe Grandjean (Guest lecturer)
8. Nov 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations

Press / Media

Kviksølv-forurening gør EU's børn milliarder af euro fattigere

Philippe Grandjean


1 item of Media coverage

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Forsker: Mindsk eksponeringen for PFC og red børnevaccinerne

Philippe Grandjean


1 item of Media coverage

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Fremtidens børn bliver dummere, fordi vi forgifter dem

Philippe Grandjean


1 item of Media coverage

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Uafhængig universitetsforskning hiver produkt af markedet

Philippe Grandjean


1 Media contribution

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Producent trækker omstridt sprøjtemiddel af markedet

Philippe Grandjean


1 Media contribution

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2018 Paper of the Year

Philippe Grandjean (Recipient), 12. Jan 2019

Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

Odd Fellow Ordenens Forskerpris 2010

Philippe Grandjean (Recipient), 24. Apr 2010

Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

Award for excellence in science in the public interest ('Mercury madness award')

Philippe Grandjean (Recipient), 14. May 2004

Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

Teaching & Supervision