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.


April 17, 2018 Talk at Plymouth State University Sidore Lecture Series

Dartmouth Superfund Program researcher Celia Chen will be giving an invited talk on April 17 at 7:00pm for the Plymouth State University Sidore Lecture Series. Her presentation, "Does Science Bring Balance to Environmental Policy? A View from the Inside," will focus on her experience bringing mercury science to policy on a local to global scale.

May 10, 2018, NH Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Spring Conference Keynote Address

Dartmouth Superfund Research Program researcher Tracy Punshon will be giving the keynote address on arsenic in food and water at the May 10 NH Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Spring Conference.

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What's New

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.

Arsenic and Health Workgroup Receives Recognition

Kathrin Lawlor, Community Engagement Core Coordinator, and the Arsenic and Health Workgroup she founded and facilitates, received recognition for the development of an Emerging Issues Brief on Arsenic in Water and Food and the inclusion of two arsenic objectives in the NH Cancer Plan at the Annual Meeting of the NH Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration (NHCCC). The brief was distributed at the meeting and is available on the NHCCC website and will be sent to the NHCCC mailing list of 850 as well as to the NH Medical Society.

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.

Paper Published on Toenail Mercury Levels Associated with ALS

Dartmouth Superfund Program researchers Celia Chen and Brian Jackson are co-authors on a new paper Toenail Mercury Levels are Associated with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Risk . The paper is published in the journal Muscle & Nerve.

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Latest News

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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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