Tulane SPHTM’s Caribbean Consortium to Address GEO Health
Dr. Maureen Lichtveld, chair of the Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, will lead the Caribbean Consortium for Research in Environmental and Occupational Health (CCREOH), a partnership with Dr. Dennis Mans of Anton de Kom University of Suriname.
The Caribbean Consortium is part of the new Global Environmental and Occupational Health (GEO Health) program, a Fogarty International Center effort in partnership with the NIH’s National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
The consortium will focus on three high-priority environmental and occupational health risks:
- Gold-mining related mercury contamination of indigenous food sources, specifically fish;
- Access and use of pesticides in large and small-scale agriculture; and
- Environmental contamination of nutraceuticals and indigenous medicinal plants.
The consortium will engage the indigenous and other health disparate communities in characterizing, protecting, and preserving the nutraceutical assets native to the region.
“CCREOH is a transatlantic research consortium spanning the Caribbean region,” remarked Dr. Lichtveld. “Suriname will serve as the research hub for the Tulane SPHTM and the University of Suriname transdisciplinary team to characterize the environmental and occupational health threats common to CARICOM [Caribbean Community] countries from Trinidad and Tobago to Brazil.”
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