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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Communicating Risk to the Public March 27 & 28 presented by Brown SRP and NEWMOA

Research Translation Coordinator, Laurie Rardin, presented a case study on arsenic in food products as part of a day-long workshop, “Communicating Risk to the Public,” for environmental regulators and consultants on March 27 in Westford, MA and on March 28 in Providence, RI.

Dartmouth SRP Awarded CDC Funds to Determine the Private Well Testing and Treatment Rate in NH

The Community Engagement and Research Translation Cores received a $93,000 sub-award from the NH Department of Environmental Services (DES) to design and conduct surveys of private well water users in the state. DES received a grant in 2013 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to assess and manage risks associated with exposure to arsenic in wells. Mark Borsuk, Ph.D., will lead the project for Dartmouth. Surveys will be conducted in 2014 with the goals of determining the baseline private well water testing and treatment rates and identifying the major factors that limit testing and treatment. The results will be used to design cost-effective, targeted interventions. “Arsenic in private wells is a significant public health issue in New Hampshire," commented NH DES Commissioner Thomas Burack. "DES is very pleased to be working with Dartmouth both to better understand the magnitude of the health impact and to find more effective ways to help well users protect their health."

NIEHS Workshop on Arsenic March 3-4, 2014

Dartmouth SRP researchers, Mary Lou Guerinot, Ph.D. and Carmen Marsit, Ph.D. presented as part of the NIEHS Superfund Research Program workshop “Health effects and mitigation of arsenic: current research efforts and future directions" in Research Triangle Park, NC. Dr. Guerinot's talk was entitled, “From the Soil to the Seed, Arsenic in Rice,” and Dr. Marsit spoke on the developmental effects of arsenic. The workshop was designed to highlight significant new and emerging research on low dose exposure to arsenic in human health.

Dartmouth Receives $8 Million to Research Arsenic and Children

The National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded the Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Center at Dartmouth a five-year grant to study arsenic. “With the expansion of the center, we will have the opportunity to deepen our understanding of environmental exposures to common contaminants such as arsenic during fetal development and childhood and the impact these exposures have on childhood immunity, growth, and neurological development,” says Margaret Karagas, director of the center and also an Investigator for the Superfund Research Program. Former Interim President Carol Folt, now Chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is associate director of the center and a project co-investigator.

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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