The Dartmouth Toxic Metals Superfund Research Program uses an interdisciplinary approach to investigate the ways in which arsenic and mercury in the environment affect ecosystems and human health. We communicate our results to communities, grass-roots organizations, and state and federal agencies, and we train students to conduct research from both a clinical and community-based perspective. We hope you will be inspired to ask questions about our work, and will learn about the ways these metals may affect your health.


Applied Bioinformatics & Environmental Genomics Classes in July 2018

Applied Bioinformatics and Environmental Genomics Classes, offered by MDI Biological Laboratory in collaboration with the Dartmouth Superfund Research Program, will be held in July 2018. More information and application instructions.

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COP-1 Fact Sheets Translated Into Different Languages

Fact sheets that were developed to summarize the four mercury science to policy papers as a translation tool for the Conference of the Parties of the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP-1) delegates and others attending the Convention have all been translated into many languages. The fact sheets summarize information from all four papers pertaining to Policy, Air, Land and Water.

May 29 PPTOX VI Conference Talk

Dartmouth Superfund Program Researcher Dr. Margaret Karagas gave a symposium on "Prenatal mercury exposure in relation to immune outcomes in the New Hampshire Birth Cohort Study" on May 29 at the May 27-30 PPTOX VI Conference on the Faroe Islands.

Dr. Tracy Punshon Quoted on Need to Test Private Wells in NH

Dartmouth Superfund Program Researcher Dr. Tracy Punshon was quoted in the Valley News on the importance of testing private wells in NH for arsenic due to the serious health effects of arsenic exposure for adults and children.

May 17 NHDES Source Water Protection Conference Plenary Talk

Dartmouth Superfund Research Program researcher Tracy Punshon gave a plenary talk on our SRP research on the health effects of low-dose arsenic on the maternal child population at the May 17 NHDES (Department of Environmental Services) Source Water Protection Conference. SRP Community Engagement Coordinator Kathrin Lawlor also ran a session, "Arsenic, Health and Addressing Community Concern", with partner Karen Craver, Chronic Disease Epidemiologist at NHDHHS (NH Department of Health and Human Services. For conference information.

Margaret Karagas Quoted on Importance of Testing Private Wells

Dr. Margaret Karagas, Dartmouth Superfund Program researcher, is quoted in information from NH DHHS (Department of Health and Human Services) and NH DES (Department of Environmental Services) on bladder cancer and other health risks due to exposure to arsenic in private drinking water wells. Dr. Karagas stressed how important it is for people to test their private wells "to ensure their drinking water does not contain elevated concentrations and to continue efforts to understand the health impacts of low level exposures." WMUR coverage of bladder cancer and exposure to arsenic in private drinking water wells.

Mary Lou Guerinot Receives Stephen Hales Prize

Dartmouth Superfund Program researcher Mary Lou Guerinot has been awarded the 2018 Stephen Hales Prize from the American Society of Plant Biologists. The society cites Guerinot as “a world leader in plant nutrition who has provided outstanding service to the plant biology community and as a dedicated educator, providing undergraduate, postgraduate, and postdoctoral training.” For additional information.

GAO Releases Report on Arsenic in Food

On April 16, the GAO (US General Accountability Office) released the report “FOOD SAFETY: Federal Efforts to Manage the Risk of Arsenic in Rice”. In the report, the GAO examines the risk to human health from ingesting arsenic in rice and makes several recommendations for the US FDA and USDA related to managing this risk.

Revised NH Arsenic Bill May Require N.H. DES to Propose Standard for Arsenic Level in Drinking Water

A NH House subcommittee may rewrite a bill requiring NHDES(Department of Environmental Services) to propose a limit on the amount of arsenic in drinking water by January 1. If the subcommittee doesn't like what DES proposes the subcommittee would impose their own standard. Additional information .

Latest Papers

Paper Published on Toxic Trace Element Concentrations in Gluten Containing and Gluten-Free Foods

Dartmouth Superfund Program researchers Tracy Punshon and Brian Jackson are co-authors on the paper Essential Micronutrient and Toxic Trace Element Concentrations in Gluten Containing and Gluten-Free Foods . The researchers found a strong correlation between arsenic and mercury in rice and rice-based products and that gluten-free foods contained significantly more arsenic and mercury. The paper is published in the journal Food Chemistry.

Four Mercury Synthesis Papers Published

The four mercury synthesis papers resulting from the ICMGP 2017 mercury conference are now published online in a special issue of Ambio.

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Trainee Spotlight: Kevin Hsu, Ph.D. Candidate:

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Read more about our Dartmouth Superfund Program Trainees.

New Web Application Developed!

ScanGEO allows rapid meta-analysis of publicly available gene expression. For more information, refer to the Applications Note.

Well Water Community Action Toolkit

The Toolkit provides a step-by-step guide to help communities ensure the safety of private well water.

Mercury: From Source to Seafood

WATCH Mercury: From Source to Seafood to learn how mercury enters the seafood we eat, why eating low-mercury fish is important for good health, and how to keep mercury out of the environment.

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