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.

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Applied Bioinformatics & Environmental Genomics Classes Held in July

Applied Bioinformatics and Environmental Genomics Classes, offered by MDI Biological Laboratory in collaboration with the Dartmouth Superfund Research Program, were held in July. The classes, which took place at MDI in Bar Harbor, ME, were very successful and were well-attended. More information about the classes.

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.

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.

Latest Papers

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.

Paper Published on Impact Sediments have on Water Column MeHg Levels

Dartmouth Superfund Program Project 2 Co-Leader Robert Masson of the University of CT is a co-author of the paper Role of Sediment Resuspension on Estuarine Suspended Particulate Mercury Dynamics. The study employed the Gust Microcosm Erosion Core system to assess particulate Hg (mercury) and MeHg (methylmercury) exchange between sediments and the water column. MeHg has a propensity to bioaccumulate and cause health problems for humans and wildlife at high exposure levels.

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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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