Effects of mercury exposure in the blood pressure of an academic community
Portugal ( PorMSIC) - University Beira Interior, Covilha
Health Sciences Faculty, University of Beira Interior Av. Infante D. Henrique, 6200-505, Covilhã, Portugal
Prof. Miguel Castelo-Branco Craveiro Sousa
Prof. M. Ramiro Pastorinho and Dr. Ana CA Sousa
English, Portuguese, French
4 weeks
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Type of Research Project
- Clinical Project with Laboratory work
What is the background of the project?
Mercury is a pervasive element in the environment, not only due to natural occurrence, but also through its historical use. It has been determined that mercury is particularly harmful to the health of vulnerable populations, such as pregnant women and children, but humans of any age or gender can be equally affected. The toxicity of this element has been described mainly upon the central nervous system, but some studies suggested effects upon the cardiovascular system, such as hypertension, coronary heart disease, and myocardial infarction.
What is the aim of the project?
The objective of this research plan is to unveil associations between mercury and hypertension in the members of an academic community.
What techniques and methods are used?
The techniques used in the project are: ● Mercury analysis by cold-vapor atomic absorption spectrometry. ● Biometrics and blood pressure measurement. We wil also do questionnaires to members of an academic community. Upon analysis of all the data collected we expect to unveil associations between mercury and hypertension.
What is the role of the student?
- The tasks will be done under supervision
What are the tasks expected to be accomplished by the student?
The student should actively collaborate with the other team members and is expected to learn and participate in every step of the project. First, he will receive training in mercury analysis in order to then perform and understand the resultes of the data collected. He will participate in the measurement of participants’ biometrics and will assess blood pressure. For last, the student will conduct questionnaires to the test subjects.
Will there be any theoretical teaching provided (preliminary readings, lectures, courses, seminars etc)
Training in mercury analysis will be provided. Tutorials on biometrics and BP measurement will be administered. Questionnaire conduction will be practiced.
What is expected from the student at the end of the research exchange? What will be the general outcome of the student?
- The student will prepare a scientific report
- The student’s name will be mentioned in a future publication
What skills are required of the student? Is there any special knowledge or a certain level of studies needed?
Great social skills. Team work. Curiosity. Eagerness to learn.
Are there any legal limitations in the student’s involvement
Type of students accepted
This project accepts:
- Medical students
- Graduated students (less than 6 months)
- Pre-Medical students from the American-British system
- Coelho SD; Maricoto T; Pastorinho MR; Itai T; Isobe T; Kunisue T; Tanabe S; Sousa ACA; Nogueira AJA (2017) Cadmium intake in women from Aveiro University; Portugal – a duplicate diet study. Journal of Geochemical Exploration 183: 187-190.
- Sousa ACA; Coelho SD; Pastorinho MR; Taborda-Barata L; Nogueira AJA; Isobe T; Kunisue T; Takahashi S; Tanabe S (2017) Levels of TBT and other selected organotin compounds in duplicate diet samples. Science of the Total Environment 574: 19-23.
- Coelho SD; Pastorinho MR; Itai T; Isobe T; Kunisue T; Nogueira AJA; Tanabe S; Sousa ACA (2016) Lead in duplicate diet samples from an academic community; Science of The Total Environment 573:603-607.
- Coelho SD; Pastorinho MR; Itai T; Isobe T; Kunisue T; Nogueira AJA; Tanabe S; Sousa ACA (2016) Lead in duplicate diet samples from an academic community; Science of The Total Environment 573:603-607.