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Environmental Contaminants and Infant Development

This study has been completed.
Indian and Northern Affairs, Canada
Health Canada
Danish Institute for Public Health
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National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Identifier:
First received: March 30, 2001
Last updated: April 13, 2015
Last verified: April 2015
This study is designed to examine the effects of prenatal exposure to environmental contaminants on cognitive and behavioral development and physical growth in two groups of Inuit infants-one in Northern Quebec; the other in Greenland.

Mercury Poisoning
Lead Poisoning

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Time Perspective: Prospective

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Further study details as provided by National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS):

Estimated Enrollment: 280
Study Start Date: January 1997
Study Completion Date: August 2011
Primary Completion Date: August 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:
Due to prevailing weather patterns and ocean currents, certain environmental contaminants are transported to the Arctic region. The Inuit are among the most heavily exposed populations on earth due to the prevalence of these contaminants in traditional foods that comprise a large portion of their diet. The contaminants assessed in this study include polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), methylmercury, selenium, organochlorine pesticides, and lead. These contaminants are measured in umbilical cord blood samples obtained at birth, milk samples obtained from breast-feeding mothers and, in the case of mercury, hair samples obtained from the mothers. Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are also assessed in these samples to examine the degree to which these nutrients may protect against adverse effects attributable to these contaminants.

Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 1 Day   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
infant born during recruitment period to a mother who is a resident of Povungnituk, Inukjuak, and Kuujjuarapik, Quebec or Nuuk, Greenland
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00013858

Canada, Quebec
Public Health Centre of Quebec
Beauport, Quebec, Canada
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
Indian and Northern Affairs, Canada
Health Canada
Danish Institute for Public Health
  More Information

Publications: Identifier: NCT00013858     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 7902-CP-001
Study First Received: March 30, 2001
Last Updated: April 13, 2015

Keywords provided by National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS):
fish consumption

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Lead Poisoning
Mercury Poisoning
Chemically-Induced Disorders processed this record on May 25, 2017