Dr. Rundle's research focuses on the determinants of sedentary lifestyles and obesity and the health related consequences of these conditions. Dr. Rundle Co-directs the Built Environment and Health Research Group (beh.columbia.edu), a trans-disciplinary team of researchers studying how neighborhood built and social environments influence health, particularly physical activity and obesity risk. His work on urban design and neighborhood-level effects on health has been used as part of the scientific rationale for the New York City “Active Design Guidelines and for the Mayor's Food Policy Task Force's Food Retail Expansion to Support Health (FRESH) initiative. His work has been nationally recognized and he and his team are inaugural members of the American Institute of Architects Design and Health Research Consortium. Dr. Rundle also Co-directs the Mailman School of Public Health Obesity Prevention Initiative and heads the Childhood Obesity Research Project within the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health. His work within the Children's Center focuses on the role of prenatal and early life exposures to pollutants as risk factors for childhood obesity. He has a long standing interest in prostate cancer research, particularly the effects of obesity on prostate cancer detection, incidence and outcomes. He has collaborated with researchers at the Henry Ford Health System to study prostate cancer risk among men whose initial prostate biopsy revealed benign changes. Within the Department Dr. Rundle teaches the "Critical Thinking in Epidemiology" and "Environmental Epidemiology" courses, serves on the Methods Exam and Curriculum committees and serves as Cluster Leader for the Social Epidemiology Cluster (www.socialepidemiology.net).
Co-Director, Obesity Prevention Initiative
Social Epidemiology Cluster, Leader, Department of Epidemiology
Member, Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center
Co-Director, Built Environment and Health Research Group
AIA, Design and Health Research Consortium
Honors & Awards
National Cancer Institute Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, Columbia School of Public Health, 1996
Environmental Health Sciences Award for Academic Excellence, Mailman School of Public Health, 2000
National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, Health Disparities Scholar
TEDMED 2012 ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Great Challenges Advocate for ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œPromoting Active LifestylesÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â.
Mailman School of Public Health, DeanÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Award for Excellence in Leadership
Areas of Expertise
Large Data Sets, Research Design and Methods, Spatial Analysis, Child Health and Development, Cancer, Cancer Prostate, Cancer--Chemical/Environmental Causes, Chronic Disease, Environmental Epidemiology, Environmental Risk Factors, Molecular Epidemiology, Disparities / Inequalities in Health, Social Epidemiology, Public Health Education, Nutrition, Obesity, Urban Health
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Built Environment and Health: Dr. Rundle is leading a series of studies to determine whether characteristics of neighborhood's social and built environments (e.g. access to public transport, parks, crime, zoning, trees, community gardens, traffic volume) influence health. Much of the research focuses on obesity related outcomes in adults and children, however the team is also conducting research on childhood asthma and developmental outcomes. The project is also developing novel methods to measure characteristics of neighborhoods.
Select Global Activities
Physical Activity and Lung Cancer in GEN-AIR/EPIC, United Kingdom: An investigation of whether increased physical activity prevents lung cancer in ex- and non-smokers. The project is designed as case-control study nested in the EPIC cohort, and is using biomarkers to test hypotheses regarding the mechanisms through which physical activity exerts effects.
Maresca MM, Hoepner L, Hassoun A, Oberfield SE, Calafat AM, Ramirez, J., Freyer G, Reyes M, Perera F, Whyatt R., Rundle A. Prenatal exposure to phthalates and childhood body size in an urban cohort. Environmental Health Perspectives, E-pub ahead of print Jun 12, 2015
Rundle, A., Jankowski, M., Oleksandr, N., Tang, D., Rybicki, B. Obesity and future prostate cancer risk among men after an initial benign biopsy of the prostate. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, 22, 898-904, 2013
Rundle, A., Hoepner, L., Hassoun, A., Oberfield, S., Freyer, G., Holmes, D., Reyes, M., Quinn, J., Camann, D., Perera, F., Whyatt, R. Association of childhood obesity with maternal exposure to ambient air polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons during pregnancy. American Journal of Epidemiology, 175, 1163-72, 2012
Rundle, A., Richards, C., Bader, M., Schwartz-Soicher, O., Lee, K., Quinn, J., Lovasi, G, Weiss, C., Neckerman, K. Individual- and school-level socio-demographic predictors of obesity among New York City public school children. American Journal of Epidemiology, 176, 986-94, 2012
Rundle A Molecular epidemiology of physical activity and cancer Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention 14 227-236 2005
Rundle AG, Vineis P, Ahsan H. Design options for molecular epidemiology research within cohort studies. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 14 1899-907 2005
Gatto N, Campbell U, Rundle A, Ahsan H Further development of the case-only design for assessing gene-environment interaction: evaluation of and adjustment for bias International Journal of Epidemiology, 33, 1014-1024 2004
Rundle, A., Richards, C., Neugut, AI. Body composition, abdominal fat distribution, and prostate-specific antigen test results. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention 18 331-6 2009
Rundle A, Roux AV, Free LM, Miller D, Neckerman KM, Weiss CC. The urban built environment and obesity in New York City: a multilevel analysis. American Journal of Health Promotion 21 326-34 2007
Rundle A, Neckerman KM, Freeman L, Lovasi GS, Purciel M, Quinn J, Richards C, Sircar N, Weiss C. Neighborhood food environment and walkability predict obesity in New York City. Environmental Health Perspectives 117 442-7 2009