Superfund Research Program
Effects-Related Biomarkers of Environmental Neurotoxic Exposures
Center Director: Evan P. Gallagher
Grant Number: P42ES004696
Funding Period: 1987-2023
- 301 - Cadmium Exposure Impairs Production of Neurons Responsible for Learning and Memory -- Xia
Release Date: 01/08/2020
A new study funded by the Superfund Research Program (SRP) shows cadmium exposure can impair new neurons from forming and maturing in the hippocampus region of the brain. Led by Zhengui Xia, Ph.D., the researchers at the University of Washington (UW) SRP Center also found that cadmium can lead to the death of stem cells that produce these neurons. In people, learning and memory formation depends on the production of new neurons in this region of the brain.