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

May 17, 2018 NHDES Source Water Protection Conference Plenary Talk

Dartmouth Superfund Research Program researcher Tracy Punshon will be giving a plenary talk on our SRP research on the health effects of low-dose arsenic on the maternal child population at the May 17 NHDES (Department of Environmental Services) Source Water Protection Conference. For information and to register.

Applied Bioinformatics & Environmental Genomics Classes in July 2018

Applied Bioinformatics and Environmental Genomics Classes, offered by MDI Biological Laboratory in collaboration with the Dartmouth Superfund Research Program, will be held in July 2018. More information and application instructions.

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What's New

Margaret Karagas Quoted on Importance of Testing Private Wells

Dr. Margaret Karagas, Dartmouth Superfund Program researcher, is quoted in information from NH DHHS (Department of Health and Human Services) and NH DES (Department of Environmental Services) on bladder cancer and other health risks due to exposure to arsenic in private drinking water wells. Dr. Karagas stressed how important it is for people to test their private wells "to ensure their drinking water does not contain elevated concentrations and to continue efforts to understand the health impacts of low level exposures."

Mary Lou Guerinot Receives Stephen Hales Prize

Dartmouth Superfund Program researcher Mary Lou Guerinot has been awarded the 2018 Stephen Hales Prize from the American Society of Plant Biologists. The society cites Guerinot as “a world leader in plant nutrition who has provided outstanding service to the plant biology community and as a dedicated educator, providing undergraduate, postgraduate, and postdoctoral training.” For additional information.

GAO Releases Report on Arsenic in Food

On April 16, the GAO (US General Accountability Office) released the report “FOOD SAFETY: Federal Efforts to Manage the Risk of Arsenic in Rice”. In the report, the GAO examines the risk to human health from ingesting arsenic in rice and makes several recommendations for the US FDA and USDA related to managing this risk.

Applied Bioinformatics & Environmental Genomics Classes in July 2018

Applied Bioinformatics and Environmental Genomics Classes, offered by MDI Biological Laboratory in collaboration with the Dartmouth Superfund Research Program, will be held in July 2018. More information and application instructions.

Arsenic and Health Workgroup Receives Recognition

Kathrin Lawlor, Community Engagement Core Coordinator, and the Arsenic and Health Workgroup she founded and facilitates, received recognition for the development of an Emerging Issues Brief on Arsenic in Water and Food and the inclusion of two arsenic objectives in the NH Cancer Plan at the Annual Meeting of the NH Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration (NHCCC). The brief was distributed at the meeting and is available on the NHCCC website and will be sent to the NHCCC mailing list of 850 as well as to the NH Medical Society.

Revised NH Arsenic Bill May Require N.H. DES to Propose Standard for Arsenic Level in Drinking Water

A NH House subcommittee may rewrite a bill requiring NHDES(Department of Environmental Services) to propose a limit on the amount of arsenic in drinking water by January 1. If the subcommittee doesn't like what DES proposes the subcommittee would impose their own standard. Additional information .

Latest Papers

Paper Published on Toxic Trace Element Concentrations in Gluten Containing and Gluten-Free Foods

Dartmouth Superfund Program researchers Tracy Punshon and Brian Jackson are co-authors on the paper Essential Micronutrient and Toxic Trace Element Concentrations in Gluten Containing and Gluten-Free Foods . The researchers found a strong correlation between arsenic and mercury in rice and rice-based products and that gluten-free foods contained significantly more arsenic and mercury. The paper is published in the journal Food Chemistry.

Four Mercury Synthesis Papers Published

The four mercury synthesis papers resulting from the ICMGP 2017 mercury conference are now published online in a special issue of Ambio.

Paper Published on Toenail Mercury Levels Associated with ALS

Dartmouth Superfund Program researchers Celia Chen and Brian Jackson are co-authors on a new paper Toenail Mercury Levels are Associated with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Risk . The paper is published in the journal Muscle & Nerve.

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Latest News

NEW!!Trainee Spotlight: Kevin Hsu, Ph.D. Candidate:

NEW!!Trainee Spotlight: Todd Warczak, Ph.D. Candidate:

Read more about our Dartmouth Superfund Program Trainees.

New Web Application Developed!

ScanGEO allows rapid meta-analysis of publicly available gene expression. For more information, refer to the Applications Note.

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.

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