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Participate in the Biomonitoring Massachusetts Study

We're currently enrolling Massachusetts residents into the Biomonitoring Massachusetts Study. We're testing residents' blood and urine for environmental chemicals. Participants receive an interpretation of their results in the mail.

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The Biomonitoring Massachusetts Study is being conducted by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH). The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is providing funding and technical support for the study.

The goal of the Biomonitoring Massachusetts Study is to augment CDC’s National Biomonitoring Program (NBP) by improving DPH’s ability to detect, diagnose, and prevent potential health outcomes following exposure to certain environmental chemicals. 

For information about this state-based CDC program please visit their website.

Through the Biomonitoring Massachusetts Study, DPH will:

  1. Determine a baseline level of chemicals in a sample of Massachusetts residents
  2. Determine a baseline level of chemicals for individuals in targeted communities with a high risk of potential exposure
  3. Improve DPH’s ability to improve biomonitoring following chemical emergencies

The Biomonitoring Massachusetts Study is led by a team of highly skilled scientists in the Analytical Chemistry Division at the State Public Health Laboratory and the Environmental Toxicology Program in the Bureau of Environmental Health.

The levels of chemicals that are measured in study participants will be compared to levels that CDC has measured from participants nationwide. The participants are from similar demographic groups (e.g., age, gender, and race/ethnicity). Information about the nationwide sample may be found in the CDC National Exposure Report.

How to enroll Participate in the Biomonitoring Massachusetts Study

If you wish to learn more about participating, then email us at DPHbiomonitoring@state.ma.us.

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Protection of human participants in the Biomonitoring Massachusetts Study has been reviewed and approved by the DPH Institutional Review Board (IRB) and the Commissioner of Public Health pursuant to M.G.L. c.111, § 24A.

For additional information about IRB protections, contact Candace Nelson, Sc.D., at the DPH IRB by calling (617) 624-5621 and reference IRB# 802071.

For additional information about the Biomonitoring Massachusetts Study (MDPH IRB# 802071), contact Marc A. Nascarella, Ph.D., Principal Investigator, at (617) 624-5757 or DPHbiomonitoring@state.ma.us.

Resources to measure chemical exposure in biological samples at the State Public Health Laboratory have been made available through a State-Based Biomonitoring Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Number 5 U88 EH 001144).

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