NUI Galway researchers with collaborators from the Institute for Prevention and Occupational Medicine in Bochum, Germany will collect and analyse urine samples from 50 non-farm families and 50 farm families for glyphosate and its main metabolite Aminomethylphosphonic acid.
Each family will be asked to produce one urine sample each and complete a questionnaire from each participant.
Postdoctoral scientist, Dr Alison Connolly, was awarded the research fellowship to conduct this new study, the IMAGE project: ‘Ireland’s bioMonitoring Assessment of Glyphosate Exposures’- an environmental assessment of exposures to glyphosate among the Irish population using a human biomonitoring sampling strategy.
The herbicide glyphosate is the active ingredient in over 750 products including Roundup®.
Glyphosate is the highest volume herbicide used globally, and extensively used in agriculture and horticulture to combat weeds and is sprayed as a pre-harvest drying treatment on certain food crops.
The research fellowship follows on from a four-year study that identified low levels of pesticide exposures among professional gardener’s and amenity horticultural workers in Ireland, led by Exposure Science lecturer Dr Marie Coggins and Dr Alison Connolly from the School of Physics at NUI Galway.
Fellowship recipient, Dr Alison Connolly, School of Physics, NUI Galway said: “I am delighted to have been awarded this prestigious research award to continue research from my PhD.”
“The IMAGE project will produce important results on human exposures to a chemical of public concern, as well as highlighting the benefits of using human biomonitoring for the evaluation of human exposures and characterisation of risk for chemicals” she added.
The IMAGE study is a co-fund project of the Irish Research Council Marie SkÅodowska-Curie Actions programme.
To participate in the project, click here or contact Dr Alison Connolly - firstname.lastname@example.org,
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