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Public Health Impacts

Superfund Research Program

One of the primary goals of SRP-funded research is to improve public health. Thus, the Program supports a wide range of research to address the broad public health concerns arising from the release of hazardous substances into the environment. The intent is to provide sound science to those making public policy, regulatory, and risk reduction decisions. SRP-funded research has been successful in this area as studies have improved our understanding and minimizing the health effects associated with exposures to environmental contaminants. The following stories provide information on public health impacts. They are merely highlights and represent the breadth of work SRP researchers undertake. To see older stories, visit our archives page.


Arsenic linked to blood pressure increases during pregnancy

Shohreh Farzan, Ph.D.

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. These findings may have important implications, because even modest increases in blood pressure can affect future cardiovascular disease risk for mothers and their children. Read more...

Exposure to low levels of chemical mixtures linked with cancer

Danielle Carlin, Ph.D.

Chemicals can sometimes act together to cause cancer, even when low-level exposures to the individual chemicals might not be cancer-causing, or carcinogenic. This important finding emerged from an international task force of more than 170 cancer scientists, known as the Halifax Project, who collaboratively assessed the carcinogenic potential of low-dose exposures to chemical mixtures in the environment. Read more...

SRP Student Highlight: Senthilkumar Perumal Kuppusamy, University of Iowa


Senthilkumar Perumal Kuppusamy, who earned his doctorate in 2012 under the guidance of Gabriele Ludewig, is a graduate of the University of Iowa Superfund Research Program. During his time at Iowa, he investigated the effects of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) on telomeres, which are stretches of DNA at the ends of chromosomes that provide stability to DNA and make it possible for cells to divide. Read more...

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