Edwin van Wijngaarden, PhD will be presenting a lecture on “Prenatal Methylmercury Exposure from Fish Consumption and Child Development: Findings from the Seychelles Child Development Study” for the Tuesday, September 24th session of the CTSI Seminar Series. Dr. van Wijngaarden summarizes his lecture below:
Fish is an important source of nutrition worldwide. Aside from being an important source of proteins, fish contain a variety of nutrients essential for normal brain development, in particular n-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFA). Nevertheless, all fish also contain small amounts of methyl mercury (MeHg), a known neurotoxicant. For over two decades, the Seychelles Child Development Study (SCDS) in a series of investigations has examined whether any risks are associated with MeHg exposure that would result from daily ocean fish consumption during pregnancy. For the last decade, the potential beneficial effects of nutrients in fish have also been investigated. I will describe the study design of the SCDS Main Cohort and Nutrition Cohorts, followed by a summary of research findings to date.
To read more about Dr. van Wijngaarden’s research on prenatal mercury and Autism Spectrum Disorder, click here.
The theme of the Fall CTSI Seminar Series is “From Test Tube to Table: Understanding the Evolving Science of Nutrition Research.” The series takes place on Tuesdays from 12:15-1:15 pm in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium. You can access the full schedule here. Lunch is provided, please provide your own beverage. The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.