Superfund Research Program
Health Effects of Arsenic Longitudinal Study
Project Leader: Habibul Ahsan (University of Chicago)
Co-Investigators: Ana Navas-Acien, Muhammad G. Kibriya (University of Chicago), Farzana Jasmine (University of Chicago)
Grant Number: P42ES010349
Funding Period: 2000-2021
Follow-up surveys of about 3,500 HEALS participants were completed early in 2020 as were evaluations for health outcomes by HEALS study physicians at the HEALS field clinic. In addition, all deaths in the cohort and their causes were ascertained, as well as incidence of major illnesses as part of ongoing surveillance through village health workers. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic no further fieldwork was able to be completed during 2020, however the impact of COVID-19 on the cohort was evaluated. Findings regarding the interaction between systolic blood pressure and heavy metal exposure were integrated into the ongoing NCD training module that is part of the locally-supported community health education program.
Relevant highlights with regards to the investigators, trainees and community activities have resulted in publications reporting various aspects of HEALS project findings. Many of these papers have been in highly ranked peer-reviewed journals.