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11/20 - Princeton ACS Section Dinner Meeting: Alan H. Stern, Rutgers University

Alan H. Stern - bio
Department of Environmental and Occupational Health
Rutgers University School of Public Health

Risk Assessment of Methylmercury (MeHg) Exposure

Methylmercury (MeHg) is unquestionably a neurotoxicant and particularly a neurodevelopmental toxicant when the fetus is exposed due to maternal exposure through fish consumption. There is also evidence that MeHg is related to the risk of myocardial infarction and other aspects of cardiovascular disease. However, epidemiologic studies are inconsistent in demonstrating adverse neurodevelopmental and cardiovascular effects. Evidence is emerging that both neurodevelopmental and cardiovascular risk from MeHg depend not only on the dose, but also on co-exposures that occur with fish consumption. These appear to include omega-3 fatty acids, and possibly selenium and fish consumption, itself. Public health advisories on fish consumption based on MeHg derived starting in the 1990’s focused only on MeHg risk. Focus has now begun to shift to consideration of the risk-benefit balance associated with different aspects of fish consumption. The challenge is to understand the nature of this balance and how to translate it into public health guidance.

5:30 p.m. - Social in CaFe, Taylor Commons
6:30 p.m. - Talk in Taylor Auditorium
Dinner (reservations required*) immediately following talk, in CaFe

*Reservations are required for dinner, which is $20 ($10 for students). Please contact Louise Lawter at or 215-428-1475 by November 14 to make reservations. Reservations must be canceled no later than November 18 to avoid being billed for the dinner.