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.

Events

Human and Environmental Sustainability Summit 2014: Consequences of Arsenic in Water and Food

Mt. Desert Island Marine Biological Lab and Dartmouth SRP are hosting a meeting to focus on reducing the human health consequences of arsenic in the environment. The summit will open with a public lecture by Deborah Blum, best-selling author of The Poisoner's Handbook, on Wednesday, August 13 at 5 p.m.

Science Communication Workshop on September 12

The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University will be leading a one-day workshop at Dartmouth to help scientists improve the way in which they communicate their research to the public, the media and more. Co-sponsored by the Dartmouth Superfund Research Program and NAC-SETAC.

Introduction to Applied Bioinformatics Course at MDIBL

October 9-14, 2014

The Applied Bioinformatics Course will provide hands-on training with major bioinformatics resources while developing a conceptual framework to foster successful application of the bioinformatic skillset to biological research. Analysis of high throughput sequencing data to identify differentially expressed genes, investigate biological functions, and predict interaction networks will be a focus. Topics covered include web-based gene and protein resources, genome browsers, DNA and RNA-Seq data analysis using CLC Genomics Workbench and the R statistical computing environment, Ingenuity® pathway analysis, gene set enrichment analyses and machine learning applications.

More information and the current agenda can be found at the course web site. Limited financial aid is available.

What's New

Vivien Taylor Awarded KC Donnelly Externship

Vivien Taylor is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Trace Element Analysis Core working with Dr. Brian Jackson, where her research focuses on developing methods for determining mercury and arsenic species. Through this NIEHS-sponsored externship, she will expand on her current research by evaluating passive sampling techniques for measuring mercury in situ in estuaries. Passive samplers have been applied as a powerful tool for assessing the bioavailable fraction of organic contaminants, but have not been widely used for metals. This work will be conducted under the guidance of Dr. Robert Burgess from the EPA's Atlantic Ecology Division, who has expertise in developing passive sampling techniques for organic pollutants. This project will allow Vivien to develop new tools for understanding mercury behavior, and will support the Dartmouth SRP and the EPA's goals of assessing environmental exposure to contaminants.

Tuftonboro Conservation Commission Receives Award for Excellence for Well Testing Efforts Aided by Dartmouth SRP Community Engagement Core

The Lakes Region Planning Commission presented the award for exemplary leadership, guidance and persistence in raising awareness about the importance of testing well water for current and future residents.

In the News

NHPR Reports on 50,000 Wells at Risk of High Arsenic, Negative Health Impacts and Treatment Solutions

Part 1: Arsenic Risks; Part 2: Treatment Solutions

Well Water for 80,000 New Hampshire Residents May Contain Metals Exceeding Human Health Standards

The United States Geological Survey released information today regarding a study showing three-in-ten well water samples from SE NH contained metals at concentrations exceeding the US EPA drinking water standards.
USGS Release; USGS Fact Sheet; NH DES Release

Watch Our New Movie!

Mercury: From Source to Seafood explains how mercury enters the seafood we eat, why eating low-mercury fish is important for good health, and the need 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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