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.


March 18-20, 2018 Session on Private Wells at US Geological Society of America Meeting

The event will be an excellent opportunity for professionals working in the field of private wells to discuss current research and policy programs, share educational approaches and materials, and interact with one another. For more information on the conference, or to register, please visit the website.

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30th Anniversary of Superfund Research Program Celebrated at Annual Meeting

The 30th anniversary of the NIEHS Superfund Research Program was celebrated during the annual meeting hosted by U-Penn, Dartmouth and Northeastern Superfund Program Centers in Philadelphia December 6-8. Past trainees were invited back to participate in the meeting and the opening keynote was given by Joe Shaw, Ph.D., former trainee with our program and ONE's award winner who spoke on “Mapping the chemosphere: Understanding our chemical world to improve human health and the environment.” Our Center was well represented with current trainee presentations and posters.

Margaret Karagas Quoted on Arsenic Levels in Baby Food

Dartmouth Superfund Research Program researcher Margaret Karagas is quoted in a New York Times article on levels of inorganic arsenic in infant rice cereal and cereal made from other grains. Although manufacturers have succeeded in reducing the amount of inorganic arsenic in these products, Dr. Karagas is concerned that, "It's just like lead: we don't think there is a safe level.”

Ob/Gyn Grand Rounds Talk

Dartmouth Superfund Program Researchers Celia Chen and Tracy Punshon and Research Translation Core Coordinator, Laurie Rardin, gave a talk titled: “Arsenic and Mercury: Pathways to Human Exposure, Resulting Health Risks and Tools for Patients,” to the Ob/Gyn Grand Rounds at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover, NH. Over 25 physicians and medical personnel attended and were very appreciative of the information presented and distributed.

2017 NH Arsenic Consortium Meeting Draws 80

The 2017 meeting of the NH Arsenic Consortium, held on October 13, drew 80 attendees from federal, state and local agencies, town government, academia, water industries and the private well community. Presentations on the latest arsenic research and outreach were well received and afternoon small group discussions prioritized actions to improve awareness and reduce public exposure to arsenic in water and food. Available presentations are posted on the NH Arsenic Consortium webpage.

Society of Toxicology Interview with Bruce Stanton

Dartmouth Superfund Research Program Director Bruce Stanton was interviewed for an article in Society of Toxicology's Metals Specialty Section “Member Highlight”. In the interview, Dr. Stanton describes his career as a researcher, his advice for students, and his interest in sailing. See inteview.

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.

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Paper Published on Exposure to Methylmercury and Inorganic Arsenic in Rice in Baby Food and Teething Biscuits

According to the paper Co-exposure to Methylmercury and Inorganic Arsenic in Baby Rice Cereals and Rice-Containing Teething Biscuits co-authored by Dartmouth Superfund Program researcher Brian Jackson, it is still possible to purchase rice baby cereals with elevated inorganic arsenic concentrations in the U.S. In addition, all rice baby cereals and teething biscuits that were tested contained methylmercury, a potentially important dietary source of postnatal methylmercury exposure. The researchers conclude that studies concerning their individual and combined impacts on children's health and development are warranted.

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New Web Application Developed!

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

Trainee Spotlight: Britton Goodale, Ph.D.

Trainee Spotlight: Heng-Hsuan Chu, Ph.D.

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.

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