Superfund Research Program
Sources and Protracted Effects of Early Life Exposure to Arsenic and Mercury
Center Director: Celia Y. Chen
Grant Number: P42ES007373
Funding Period: 1995-2021
News Items List
Leveraging Partners Across Disciplines and Continents
SRP News Page - February 2022
A feature on Dartmouth College SRP Center Director Celia Chen, Ph.D., explains how she is leveraging decades of research on Mercury to better understand how people are exposed to per and polyfluoroalkyl substances.
Extramural Paper of the Month: Microbiome Affects Early Childhood Behavior Differently in Girls and Boys
Paper of the Month - January 2022
Bacteria in the gut of young children may relate to behavioral disorders, affecting girls and boys differently, according to an SRP-funded study at the Dartmouth College SRP Center. This is one of the first studies to examine associations between the microbiome and a broad range of behavioral outcomes that may vary by sex.
Microbiome affects early childhood behavior differently in girls and boys
Paper of the Month - January 2022
Bacteria in the gut of young children may relate to behavioral disorders, affecting girls and boys differently, according to an NIEHS-funded study. This is one of the first studies to examine associations between the microbiome, the collection of bacteria and other microorganisms in the body, and a broad range of behavioral outcomes that may vary by sex.
Dartmouth SRP Center Helps Young Citizen Scientists Continue Work
SRP News Page - October 2021
Researchers at the NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP)-funded Center at Dartmouth College and collaborators quickly identified challenges and realistic solutions for their citizen science project, All About Arsenic, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Data sharing key to environmental health research, experts say
Environmental Factor - June 2021
Three NIEHS Superfund Research Program events focus on how data science can be harnessed to better study contaminants.
Data science paves the way with new tools, insights for SRP
Environmental Factor - April 2021
The NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) held its first External Use Case (EUC) Showcase Feb. 18-19. Over 140 participants joined the meeting to share experiences and recommendations about integrating datasets from SRP-sponsored research. EUCs, developed by collaborations of researchers from different SRP centers, demonstrate specific scenarios in which data management and sharing could provide new insight on research questions and to identify barriers to inform future data efforts.
Dragonflies Provide Insight into Mercury Pollution Across U.S. National Parks
SRP News Page - August 2020
A researcher from the NIEHS-funded Dartmouth College Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center contributed to the first-ever survey of mercury pollution in the U.S. National Park System. The study, built on nearly a decade of research across the country, found that immature dragonfly larvae can be used to estimate the amount of mercury that is present in local fish, amphibians, and birds.
K.C. Donnelly Externships awarded to outstanding Superfund trainees
Environmental Factor - August 2020
Eleven outstanding trainees in the NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) have won K.C. Donnelly Externship Award Supplements. The annual awards allow trainees to work side-by-side with experts at an outside institution to learn new methods and techniques to enrich their research.
New Hampshire arsenic rule builds on NIEHS-funded research
Environmental Factor - August 2019
New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu signed a bill July 12 that sharply lowers the state's drinking water limit for arsenic. The new rule, informed by research and outreach efforts from NIEHS grantees at the Dartmouth College Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center, cuts the state standard in half from the federal level of 10 parts per billion (ppb) to 5 ppb.
SRP Research Highlighted at Drought Summit
SRP News Page - July 2019
Danielle Carlin, Ph.D., program administrator with the Superfund Research Program (SRP), presented drought-related research from SRP Centers during the National Drought & Public Health Summit in Atlanta, Georgia, June 17.
Dartmouth Superfund Research Program Informs International Mercury Reduction Efforts
SRP News Page - October 2018
A recent article highlights key research advances and needs to inform international policy decision making related to mercury. The article, co-authored by Celia Chen, Ph.D., of the Dartmouth College Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center, emphasizes the importance of bringing together scientific information to better understand the sources of mercury, its movement through the environment, and its effects on human and ecosystem health. Chen is an internationally recognized researcher on the accumulation of metals like mercury in aquatic food webs and serves as director of the Dartmouth SRP's Research Translation Core.
SRP Grantees Share Findings and Resources with Stakeholders
SRP News Page - June 2018
Members of the Dartmouth College Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center have actively engaged community members, regulatory partners, and lawmakers by sharing research results and resources they can use. In keeping with the SRP's strong emphasis on community engagement and research translation, the Dartmouth SRP Center has taken steps to ensure its research findings are shared with stakeholders in a useful and informative manner.
Eight Northeast SRP Centers Convene at Regional Meeting
SRP News Page - April 2018
The Northeast Superfund Research Program (SRP) Meeting brought together eight SRP Centers to discuss collaborations and network. Held in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, on March 26 - 27, the meeting included scientific presentations and poster sessions.
Conference Helps Scientists Inform Policies Around Mercury Pollution
SRP News Page - August 2017
International experts on mercury met at the 13th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant (ICMGP) July 16 - 21 in Providence, Rhode Island, to discuss scientific findings and potential measures to decrease human and wildlife exposure to mercury.
Tabletop Water Pitcher Filter Can Effectively Remove Arsenic from Drinking Water
SRP News Page - August 2017
An inexpensive tabletop water pitcher can be used to remove arsenic from drinking water, according to a recent Dartmouth College SRP Center study. The research team, led by Dartmouth SRP Center Director Bruce Stanton, Ph.D., looked at five common in-home pitcher filters, ranging in price from $20 to $35 for the pitcher and $10 to $15 for replacement filters, and compared their effectiveness at removing arsenic from water.
Risk e-Learning Web Seminar Series on Analytical Tools and Methods a Big Success
SRP News Page - July 2017
In a spring 2017 three-part Risk e-Learning Web seminar series titled 'Analytical Tools and Methods,' the Superfund Research Program (SRP) highlighted groundbreaking chemical detection, measurement, and fate and transport modeling techniques developed by grantees. In total, this series attracted 1,209 live participants, 6,543 online archive views, 1,419 audio podcast downloads, and 14,596 video podcast downloads.
Arsenic website helps identify sources and reduce exposures
Environmental Factor - June 2017
A new user-friendly website provides a wealth of information on how people are exposed to arsenic and steps that they can take to reduce exposures. The Dartmouth College Superfund Research Program (SRP) developed the website Arsenic and You to inform the public and answer questions about arsenic in water, food, and other sources.
Northeast SRP Researchers Gather to Discuss Research and Opportunities for Collaboration
SRP News Page - April 2017
On April 4 and 5, SRP researchers from institutions across the northeast gathered in Boston for the Northeast Superfund Research Program (SRP) Meeting. The event was hosted by the Northeastern University PROTECT SRP Center and co-sponsored by SRP Centers from Boston University, Brown University, Columbia University, Dartmouth College, and the University of Pennsylvania.
SRP Grantees Present at NAS Workshop
SRP News Page - April 2017
Four Superfund Research Program (SRP) grantees were involved in the Advances in Causal Understanding for Human Health Risk-Based Decision Making workshop, held March 6 - 7 in Washington, D.C. The workshop explored how modern advances in bioinformatics can be incorporated into human health decision making.
Dartmouth SRP Project Leaders Featured in Science Magazine News Highlight
SRP News Page - March 2017
On February 17, 2017, Dartmouth College Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center project leader Margaret Karagas, Ph.D., spoke at a special session at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Attended by 60 people, including the press, the session was highlighted in a Science Magazine news feature.
Grantees elected to National Academy of Sciences
Environmental Factor - June 2016
NIEHS grantees Mary Lou Guerinot, Ph.D., from Dartmouth College, and Michael Kastan, M.D., Ph.D., of Duke University, were among 84 new members elected May 3 to the National Academy of Sciences. Academy members are elected by their peers for outstanding contributions to research.
Effects of low arsenic levels during pregnancy and fetal growth
Paper of the Month - May 2016
Consuming water and food with low levels of arsenic while pregnant may affect fetal growth, according to a new study led by Margaret Karagas.
Special Issue Highlights Invited reviews from the Pacific Basin Consortium for Environment and Health
SRP News Page - April 2016
A special issue of the journal Reviews on Environmental Health highlights the 16th International Conference of the Pacific Basin Consortium (PBC) for Environment and Health with invited reviews from conference presenters.
Low-Dose Organic Arsenic Exposure Negatively Affects the Immune System in the Lung
Research Brief - February 2016
Arsenic exposure may alter immune response to a common pathogen in the lung, according to a recent study from the Dartmouth College Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center.
Duke symposium addresses toxicity of energy production
Environmental Factor - December 2015
Several scientists and grantees from NIEHS participated in the Duke University Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health Program 2015 fall symposium Nov. 13 in Durham, North Carolina.
Dartmouth-Sponsored Food Collaborative Convenes in Hanover
SRP News Page - December 2015
The Collaborative on Food with Arsenic and associated Risk and Regulation (C-FARR) gathered in Hanover, New Hampshire, November 2 to address issues related to sources of arsenic and exposure in people through the food they eat.
Crossing Geographic and Discipline Borders at the PBC Meeting
SRP News Page - August 2015
The NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) and the Center for Global Health at the National Cancer Institute were among the cosponsors of the 16th International Conference of the Pacific Basin Consortium for Environment and Health (PBC), held August 10-13 at the University of Indonesia.
River Algae Affects Mercury Pollution at Superfund Site
Research Brief - June 2015
A new study has shown that periphyton — a community of algae, bacteria, and other natural material living on submerged surfaces — is helping to transform mercury from a Superfund site into methylmercury, a more toxic form.
Arsenic linked to blood pressure increases during pregnancy
Environmental Factor - May 2015
Arsenic exposure is associated with greater increases in blood pressure over the course of a pregnancy, according to a new NIEHS-funded study of U.S. pregnant women.
Dartmouth SRP Citizen Science Project Receives Local Attention
SRP News Page - March 2015
Northeast news sources recently featured an ongoing Dartmouth College Superfund Research Program (Dartmouth SRP) citizen science project with high school science classes in New Hampshire and Vermont.