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.


SRP Annual Meeting November 28-30, 2018 in Sacramento, CA

The national SRP (Superfund Research Program) Annual Meeting will be held November 28-30 in Sacramento, CA. The meeting's theme is "The Next Generation of Superfund Training, Translation and Research". Co-sponsors include UC Davis, Berkley and UC San Diego SRPs and the NIH/NIEHS Superfund Research Program. Additional information on registration, hotel reservations, the agenda and important deadlines.

Bruce Stanton Radio Interview on SEPA Project January 14, 2019

On January 14, 2019, Dartmouth SRP researcher Bruce Stanton will be interviewed by Carol Higgins Taylor of Voice of Maine radio on the SEPA (Science Education Partnership) "Data to Action: A secondary school-based citizen science project to address arsenic contamination of well water" project. The project is funded by a SEPA award Dartmouth SRP and MDI Biological Laboratory in ME received from the NIGMS (National Institute of General Medical Sciences) of the NIH.

Applied Bioinformatics & Environmental Genomics Classes To Be Held July 2019

Applied Bioinformatics and Environmental Genomics Classes, offered by MDI Biological Laboratory in collaboration with the Dartmouth Superfund Research Program, will be held in July 2019. Applications are open now for both classes, which will be held at MDI in Bar Harbor, ME. Applied Bioinformatics course information . Environmental Genomics course information

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October is Children's Health Month

October 11 is Children's Environmental Health Day

The month of October is National Children's Health Month. As part of the observance, the US Environmental Protection Agency has published a check list of tips for improving children's health.

October 11, 2018 is Children's Environmental Health Day, which focuses on the connection between the environment and child health and provides an opportunity to share children's environmental health resources. One way to get involved on Children's Environmental Health Day is to participate in a Twitter chat focused on Youth Engagement. For more information on children's health click on Dartmouth Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Center and Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units at Boston Children's Hospital.

Dartmouth's SRP Program and MDI Biological Laboratory Receive SEPA Grant

Dartmouth's Superfund Research Program and MDI Biological Laboratory in ME have received a SEPA (Science Education Partnership) award from the NIGMS (National Institute of General Medical Sciences) of the NIH. The goal of the project, "Data to Action: A Secondary School-Based Citizen Science Project to Address Arsenic Contamination of Well Water," is to "create and pilot a national model of STEM education that engages students as citizen scientists and provides them with tools, skills and resources to make sense of data so that their results can inform actions at the local, regional, and even national level." Dartmouth SRP researcher Bruce Stanton is the Co-PI and Community Engagement Coordinator Kathrin Lawlor is the NH facilitator. More information. MDI Biological Laboratory Press Release.

EPA Announces Cleanup Plan for Berry Creek, NJ Study Area

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the selected cleanup plan to remove mercury, PCBs, and chromium contamination from the Berry's Creek Study Area, which is part of the Ventron/Velsicol Superfund site in Bergen County, NJ. Dartmouth Superfund Research Program Director and researcher Celia Chen is conducting mercury research at this site. More information.

Paper Published on Opportunities for Reducing Dietary Arsenic Exposure

Several Dartmouth Superfund Program researchers (Celia Chen, Mary Lou Guerinot, Brian Jackson, Margaret Karagas, Tracy Punshon, Vivien Taylor), as well as RTC Coordinator Laurie Rardin and Trainees Britton Goodale, Antonia Signes-Pastor, and Todd Warczak are co-authors of the paper Opportunities and Challenges for Dietary Arsenic Intervention . The Brief Communication paper discusses a framework for short-term interventions for reducing dietary arsenic exposure and is a product of C-FARR (Collaborative on Food with Arsenic and Associated Risk and Regulation) which brought arsenic and food scientists together with policy stakeholders for a workshop focusing on knowledge gaps and policy questions in 2015.

Bruce Stanton Featured in Video on Cystic Fibrosis Patient

Dartmouth Superfund Research Program researcher, Bruce Stanton, is featured in this video about a Dartmouth student, Sam Neff '21, who is a Cystic Fibrosis patient working with Bruce's research lab to isolate the genes responsible for causing CF and ultimately lead to a cure. A great example of research translation, Taking On Cystic Fibrosis: A Student's Story.

Latest Papers

Paper Calls for Need for Mercury Science to Inform Global Policy

Dartmouth Superfund Research Program Director and researcher Celia Chen is the lead author on the paper A Critical Time for Mercury Science to Inform Global Policy. The paper discusses mercury science in relation to policy developments.

Paper Published on Effect of Arsenic Exposure and Changing Salinity

Dartmouth Superfund Program Trainee Thomas Hampton and researchers Celia Chen and Bruce Stanton are co-authors of the paper Arsenic Reduces Gene Expression Response to Changing Salinity in Killifish. The study used novel toxicogenomic techniques to analyze the effect of arsenic exposure in wild killifish populations acclimating to changing salinity.

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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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