Studying the intersection of human and environmental health

Our research group has studied the intersection of human and environmental health since 2013.

To this end, we champion the use of community-based approaches to examine contaminant exposures among Indigenous communities in the Canadian Arctic and subarctic. Additionally, we use bench-science techniques investigate the ways and means by which nutrients occasionally counter the health risks posed by contaminants.

We currently have several ongoing projects examining the balance between contaminant risks and nutritional benefits from the consumption of wild-harvested, traditional foods.

  1. Dec. 21, 2018Check out this article about Dr. Heidi Swanson's research and the relationship with our research!

    Please take a look at this article on Dr. Heidi Swanson's work on mercury and omega-3 fatty acid levels in fish in Northern Canada that are important to local First Nations communities and how this relates to the work done by our research group. 

    https://uwaterloo.ca/water-institute-research/issue-4/feature/northern-first-nations-fish-safe-eat-finding-fish-are-high

    Happy Holidays from the Human Exposure and Toxicology Research Group! 

  2. Sep. 4, 2018Many belated thanks to Victoria!
    Victoria - Research Assistant

    Thank you to Victoria! Victoria Leger was an invaluable part of our research team.

  3. June 29, 2018Congrats Mylène!
    Dr. Ratelle's conference poster

    Congratulations to Dr. Mylène Ratelle for winning the poster presentation award at the 2018 Tribal Environmental Health Summit in Corvallis, Oregon! Her presentation was titled " Community-Based Contaminant Biomonitoring in the Northwest Territories, Canada".


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Meet our people

Brian Laird

Brian Laird

Associate Professor

The underlying objective of Professor Brian Laird's research is to improve the characterization of human exposures and risks from environmental contamination.