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U.S. EPA Awards 1.8 Million Research Grant to Emory University

Release Date: 7/29/2005
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Contact: Dawn Harris-Young,,(404) 562-8421
Christian Lewis,, (404) 562-8395

(Atlanta, July 29, 2005) Emory University has been selected to receive a grant of $1,883,248 for research on Children’s vulnerabilities to toxics. The grant will provide funding for a Longitudinal Assessment Study of Human Exposure to Pesticides due to Variations of Dietary Consumption Patterns.

This study will collect dietary information from a pool of individuals using a state-of-the-art sampling device. Also, the study will determine whether short-term dietary consumption data gathered from a smaller geographic region is representative of and can be used to predict long term food consumption patterns for a much larger population. In addition, a chronological variation for dietary consumption of pesticides among individuals to characterize the variation in dietary consumption patterns and pesticide body burden resulting from the dietary exposures.

The most significant benefit that may come from this study is to provide a complete set of data from a pool of statistically representative individuals regarding their dietary consumption patterns, dietary exposure to pesticides, and the body burden of pesticides resulting from the dietary intake over a 2-year period. This regional data set will be validated using several databases to determine whether it can be used to predict longer-term dietary consumption patterns and resulting pesticide exposure among individuals nationwide. Also, by collaborating with laboratories with the best quality in this country, the data generated from this study will not only have the highest accuracy and precision, but will also be comparable to other national databases.

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