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.


Pacific Basin Consortium for Environment & Health 2015

Dr. Celia Chen will be attending the conference in Indonesia August 10-13 and will be presenting the talk, Connecting Mercury Science to Policy: From Sources to Seafood.

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Researchers Discover Cooking Method for Removing Arsenic from Rice

Researchers have found a method for cooking rice that can remove much of the stored arsenic. This is important because rice is one of the world's most popular foods. The story in Nature includes a quote from Margaret Karagas, a Dartmouth epidemiologist and Superfund Program researcher, that the method gives "...people an opportunity to reduce the arsenic burden of their rice."

Dartmouth Superfund Program Featured in National Webinar

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Superfund Research Program and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hosted the webinar, “Progress in Research: Reducing Exposure to Mercury, Arsenic, and Asbestos” on July 9, 2015. 400 attendees learned about the Dartmouth College and University of Pennsylvania Superfund Research Center programs.

U.S. EPA Environmental Education Grant Award Addresses Arsenic in Private Wells

Our Community Engagement Core serves as the NH Partner for an EPA Environmental Education grant led by the Mt. Desert Island Biological Laboratory in Maine which will focus on helping to eliminate arsenic from drinking water in ME and NH. The partners will create and pilot a national model of environmental education that facilitates schools and community organizations working together to address the public health risks of exposure to toxic contaminants in drinking water, while offering teachers and students opportunities to participate in authentic research.

Latest Papers

Stanton, et al Paper Highlights Serious Effects of Arsenic

The report, MDI Biological Laboratory Arsenic Summit: Approaches to Limiting Human Exposure to Arsenic, published in Current Environmental Health Reports, focuses on the significant worldwide health problem caused by human exposure to arsenic in food and drinking water. The Summit, which was held August 12-14, 2014 at MDI Biological Laboratory in Salisbury Cove, ME, called for public health interventions and outlined five goals for reducing arsenic exposure and “building awareness and education” about arsenic's health impact.

Paper Details Novel Technology for Analysis of Plant Tissues

Dr. Tracy Punshon and colleagues played an important role in enabling the technology transfer for imaging the Arabidopsis plant and using this type of analysis for future research. The paper, Hyperspectral image reconstruction for x-ray fluorescence tomography, illustrates one of the first samples analyzed at APS beamline 13-ID-E via microtomography.

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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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