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.


Dartmouth SRP Director to Present at MDI Science Café

Dartmouth SRP Director Bruce Stanton, Ph.D., will speak about arsenic at MDI Biological Laboratory's Science Café in Bar Harbor, ME on Monday, August 22. To pre-register.

Kathrin Lawlor to Present at APHA Annual Meeting

Kathrin Lawlor, our Community Engagement Coordinator, will present a poster entitled, Study to evaluate private well testing behavior leads to resource to empower communities to ensure safe drinking water, at the APHA's (American Public Health Association) Annual Meeting on October 31 in Denver, CO. For information on the annual meeting.

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Increase in Water Testing Rates Tied to Community-Driven Intervention

A partnership between the Tuftonboro Conservation Commission and Dartmouth's Superfund Research Program (SRP) has resulted in an increase in the rate of water testing by NH private well owners. According to SRP Community Engagement Core Leader Mark Borsuk, this finding is significant because "drinking water contaminants such as arsenic have been linked to adverse health effects, including cancer." Full story.

Arsenic in Food Session Selected for AAAS 2017 Meeting

The session on arsenic in food, “From Soil to Plate to Policy” was selected for the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) 2017 annual meeting. It will take place February 16-20 in Boston, MA. Margaret Karagas, Ph.D., David Salt, Ph.D. and Keeve Nachman, Ph.D. will be the presenters for the session. For more information.

NIEHS Webinar Featured Mark Borsuk Speaking on Arsenic and Well Testing

The NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) presented the fourth session in the Risk e-Learning series SRP Water Innovation - An Integrated Approach to Sustainable Solutions on July 21. The session, Communicating Risk and Engaging Communities: Arsenic and Well Testing, had 443 total participants and highlighted efforts by several SRP Centers to engage communities on private water related to well testing and treatment alternatives. Our Community Engagement Core Leader, Mark Borsuk spoke about barriers to well testing, and efforts to encourage testing of arsenic in private wells and empower well-water users with the tools they need to keep their drinking water safe.

Margaret Karagas Guest on NHPR Show on Mapping Incidence of Cancer

Superfund researcher Margaret Karagas was a guest on NHPR's (NH Public Radio) July 5 "The Exchange" radio program on mapping incidences of different types of cancer in northern New England. Dr. Karagas discussed the relationship between the level of arsenic in private wells and the rate of bladder cancer. Listen to show. Click on link below first paragraph.

Mary Lou Guerinot Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Dr. Guerinot's election to the National Academy of Sciences is one of the highest honors in science. "Mary Lou Guerinot exemplifies the best of our Dartmouth faculty, and this is a well-deserved honor," says Provost Carolyn Dever. Read details.

Latest Papers

Dartmouth Researchers Study Potential Toxic Effects of Rice Consumption of Younger Children

New research published in JAMA Pediatrics examines the potential toxic effects of increased rice exposure in food consumed by children early in life. The research, led by Margaret Karagas, studied the association of urinary arsenic concentration in urine at 12 months with their consumption of rice during their first year.

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Latest News

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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