Epidemiology Seminar Series: Margaret Karagas, Ph.D.

Epidemiology seminar series speaker Dr. Margaret Karagas

Friday, December 3, 2021 - 10:00am

Location: Virtual via Zoom

The Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology welcomes Margaret Karagas, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College. Karagas will deliver a talk titled "Health Impacts of Early Life Exposure to Arsenic and Other Toxic Elements" on Friday, December 3, beginning at 10:00 AM via Zoom. Members of the UMass Amherst campus community are invited to email Tonya Menard to pre-register and receive the Zoom link.

Abstract: Exposure to environmental contaminants early in life impact health through the life course.  These include toxic elements such as arsenic that are ubiquitous in a food and drinking water supply. To what extent these exposures occur in utero and during infancy? How do they shape children’s growth, neurodevelopment, and immune function in childhood and beyond and both individually and as mixtures?  These questions will be discussed in the context of an ongoing prospective cohort study of over 2,500 maternal-child dyads whose households are served by a private, unregulated water system in New Hampshire, a rural state with elevated drinking water arsenic levels.