Population Studies




The Graniteville Recovery and Chlorine Epidemiology (GRACE) Study is a $2.9 million, five-year research initiative funded by the National Institutes of Health and conducted by an interdisciplinary research team.

The study seeks to understand the long-term pulmonary health implications of individuals who were exposed to chlorine gas during the January 6, 2005 accidental train derailment and subsequent release. The Graniteville, SC incident is the largest chlorine disaster to-date in the United States. The study itself is the first and largest long-term study of a population suddenly and acutely exposed to chlorine gas in a public health disaster.

Using a community-based participatory research (CBPR) methodology, the study seeks to actively involve the community and effectively translate any research findings in a way which makes a significant difference in the lives of those affected by the disaster. While the first phase of the study focuses on millworkers who were working adjacent to the disaster site, the opportunity for all members of the community to benefit (such as health and lung screenings) exists. Indeed, the health effects of the event exceed far beyond the physical concerns to include the emotional, mental and socioeconomic well being of the community-at-large.

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Researcher Seeks Truth About ‘Katrina Cough’

Rumors of a “Katrina cough” started circulating in New Orleans as soon as people began clearing debris, gutting houses and rebuilding after the hurricane in August 2005. Is this a respiratory complaint caused by breathing polluted dust, is it only seasonal allergies, and does it cause long-term changes in respiratory health? A researcher in the Tulane School of Medicine seeks answers. Read more...


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