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.


Bruce Stanton Presents at 2016 SOT Annual Meeting

Bruce Stanton, Ph.D., will be speaking at the SOT (Society of Toxicology) 2016 Annual Meeting March 13-17 as part of a workshop entitled Moving beyond cancer: current state of the science of noncancer health effects of arsenic. His talk will focus on arsenic and pulmonary infections.

NH Arsenic Consortium Meets March 24 in Concord

The next meeting of the New Hampshire Arsenic Consortium will take place on Thursday, March 24 from 8:30 – 4:00 pm at the NH DES/DHHS offices, 29 Hazen Drive, in Concord, NH. The meeting will provide research, outreach and education updates, and participants will discuss next steps regarding arsenic in private well water in NH.

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Researcher Brian Jackson Quoted on Effects of Arsenic Levels in Rice Snacks

"If you are a person who is eating rice every day, and also snacking on rice products, then that five micrograms from rice crackers becomes significant. If once a month, not so much," Brian Jackson, a research associate professor and the director of Dartmouth's Trace Metal Analysis Core Facility, tells The Daily Meal in a story about arsenic levels in the snacks and whether they pose a risk to people. Read more.

Dr's Guerinot & Punshon's Award Winning Image Featured

Mary Lou Guerinot is featured in a Dartmouth news video discussing hers and Tracy Punshon's FAESB Bio-Art competition award winning image of zinc in an Arabidopsis plant. They also were featured in the NIEHS Director's Blog on January 21. Their entry will be displayed in the NIH Visitors Center.

Dartmouth SRP Hosts Successful Dragonfly Student Research Annual Symposium

Approximately 250 students, parents teachers and members of the Dartmouth Superfund Research Program attended the 6th Annual Twin State mercury project presentations and poster session at the Top of the Hop at Dartmouth College, to hear about student citizen science research conducted by high school students from the school districts of Claremont, Hartford, Pelham and Woodstock. Students have been collecting dragonfly larvae, an indicator of pollution, to use to study the amount of mercury present in the environment in their local area.

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Dartmouth SRP Paper Selected as NIEHS Research Brief

The paper,which was published in PLoS One and examines the effects of low dose organic arsenic (MMA) exposure on the immune system in the lung, has been chosen by NIEHS as a research brief. Data from their study, led by former trainee Emily Notch, with Bruce Stanton as senior author, provide insight into the possible mechanisms whereby arsenic exposure increases the relative risk of respiratory infection and COPD, which is associated with chronic bacterial infections and other non-malignant lung infections.

Two Papers Published by Researcher Celia Chen on Mercury Pollution in Estuaries

Superfund Researcher Celia Chen has published two papers in the journal Marine Chemistry which shed light on mercury pollution in marine estuaries and the food chain. The papers are reported on the website Phys Org.

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NEW!! 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.

In Small Doses: Arsenic

WatchIn Small Doses: Arsenic and learn about the risks of exposure to arsenic in private well water.

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