Gerard Swaen, PhD

Associate professor

Focus areas

Potential long term adverse health effects of human exposure to chemicals.


Gerard Swaen, PhD
Maastricht University
Complex Genetics
PO Box 616
6200 MD Maastricht
T: (+31) (0)43 3882012

Curriculum vitae

Gerard Swaen, PhD, received his epidemiology training at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health in Baltimore USA (MPH in 1981), as part of a three year fellowship from the Dutch Cancer Foundation and at the Maastricht University in The Netherlands (PhD in 1989). After that he was offered a tenure track position at Occupational Medicine Department of the MaastrichtUniversity and he later was granted an associate professorship in the Epidemiology Department.

In 2004 Swaen joined the Dow Chemical Company as a senior epidemiologist with responsibilities in the fields of agricultural chemicals, hydrocarbons, polyurethanes and organic solvents.  Due to a large restructuring at Dow in 2013 he joined Exponent, a leading consulting firm. In April 2014 he returned to the Maastricht University, where he now holds a part-time position with the rank of associate professor at the Department of Complex Genetics.  

Gerard Swaen is also interested in epidemiologic research methodology and has published various papers on this topic.

He currently is a member of two committees of the Dutch Health Council, including the Dutch Expert Committee on Occupational Standards, and the Committee on the Classification of Carcinogenic Substances.


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