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.


SRP Annual Meeting November 28-30, 2018 in Sacramento, CA

The national SRP (Superfund Research Program) Annual Meeting will be held November 28-30 in Sacramento, CA. The meeting's theme is "The Next Generation of Superfund Training, Translation and Research". Co-sponsors include UC Davis, Berkley and UC San Diego SRPs and the NIH/NIEHS Superfund Research Program. Additional information on registration, hotel reservations, abstract submission and important deadlines.

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Dartmouth's SRP Program and MDI Biological Laboratory Receive SEPA Grant

Dartmouth's Superfund Research Program and MDI Biological Laboratory in ME have received a SEPA (Science Education Partnership) award from the NIGMS (National Institute of General Medical Sciences) of the NIH. The goal of the project, "Data to Action: A Secondary School-Based Citizen Science Project to Address Arsenic Contamination of Well Water," is to "create and pilot a national model of STEM education that engages students as citizen scientists and provides them with tools, skills and resources to make sense of data so that their results can inform actions at the local, regional, and even national level." Dartmouth SRP researcher Bruce Stanton is the Co-PI and Community Engagement Coordinator Kathrin Lawlor is the NH facilitator. More information.

Bruce Stanton Featured in Video on Cystic Fibrosis Patient

Dartmouth Superfund Research Program researcher, Bruce Stanton, is featured in this video about a Dartmouth student, Sam Neff '21, who is a Cystic Fibrosis patient working with Bruce's research lab to isolate the genes responsible for causing CF and ultimately lead to a cure. A great example of research translation, Taking On Cystic Fibrosis: A Student's Story.

Arsenic And You Website Evaluation Report Issued

An evaluation report of the "Arsenic and You Website" , has been completed. The Report, prepared by Jillian Maccini of Community Health Institute, evaluates the effectiveness of the website during its first year online. was produced and designed by Dartmouth's Superfund Research Program to "help families, caregivers and vulnerable populations learn about and potentially lower their exposure to this toxic metal and improve their long-term health."

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.

Latest Papers

Paper Calls for Need for Mercury Science to Inform Global Policy

Dartmouth Superfund Research Program Director and researcher Celia Chen is the lead author on the paper A Critical Time for Mercury Science to Inform Global Policy. The paper discusses mercury science in relation to policy developments.

Paper Published on Effect of Arsenic Exposure and Changing Salinity

Dartmouth Superfund Program Trainee Thomas Hampton and researchers Celia Chen and Bruce Stanton are co-authors of the paper Arsenic Reduces Gene Expression Response to Changing Salinity in Killifish. The study used novel toxicogenomic techniques to analyze the effect of arsenic exposure in wild killifish populations acclimating to changing salinity.

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

Trainee Spotlight: Todd Warczak, Ph.D. Candidate:

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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