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.


NIEHS SRP Annual Meeting

NIEHS' (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences) 2017 Superfund Research Program (SRP) Annual Meeting will be held December 6-8, 2017 in Philadelphia, PA. The University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth College, and Northeastern University SRP Centers will co-host the meeting. SRP Annual Meeting Flyer

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What's New

Celia Chen Participated in COP-1 Meeting

Dartmouth Superfund Program researcher Celia Chen participated in the first Conference of the Parties of the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP-1) in Geneva Switzerland. Along with colleagues in the mercury field, she distributed fact sheets summarizing four science to policy papers to inform the delegates about the latest mercury science and the gaps in knowledge. Conference coverage is available on Dartmouth News and IISD Reporting Services.

Concerns About Gluten-Free Diets for Children Without Celiac Disease

An article in U.S.News raises questions about children who do not have celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity eating gluten-free diets. There is particular concern about rice as a substitute for gluten since it can contain naturally occurring inorganic arsenic. Exposure in utero or in early life can raise the risk of cancer and affect neurological development, among other negative effects. A study published in February found that Americans on gluten-free diets had higher concentrations of arsenic and mercury in their urine and blood than people on a regular diet, possibly from rice consumption. According to Dartmouth Superfund Program researcher Tracy Punshon, it's unclear whether that translates to health problems for adults or for children, who are more vulnerable to contaminants because of their developing brains.

New Web Application Developed

Dartmouth Superfund Program Director Bruce Stanton, Superfund researcher Thomas Hampton, and lead author Katja Koeppen have developed a new web application, ScanGEO, that allows rapid meta-analysis of publicly available gene expression data. The application is freely accessible using this link. For more information, refer to the Applications Note.

Latest Papers

Study Published on Effectiveness of Tabletop Water Pitcher Filters to Remove Arsenic

The study Effectiveness of Table Top Water Pitcher Filters to Remove Arsenic from Drinking Water by lead author Roxanna Barnaby, Dartmouth Superfund Research Program Director Bruce Stanton, researcher Brian Jackson, and Amanda Liefeld and Thomas Hampton from the Stanton Lab, tested five brands of tabletop water pitcher filters. The research was conducted because of the public health risk of arsenic contamination and the importance of identifying cost effective means for the public to remove arsenic from their drinking water. The paper is published in Environmental Research.

Paper Published on Arsenic Metabolites Following Seaweed Consumption

The paper Distinct Arsenic Metabolites Following Seaweed Consumption in Humans by lead author Vivien Taylor and researcher Margaret Karagas of the Dartmouth Superfund Program examines arsenic levels in seaweed consumed by humans. The paper was published in the journal Scientific Reports.

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NEW!! Trainee Spotlight: Britton Goodale, Ph.D.

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Read more about our Dartmouth Superfund Program Trainees.

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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