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MercuNorth–monitoring mercury in pregnant women from the Arctic as a baseline to assess the effectiveness of the Minamata Convention

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dc.contributor.author Adlard, Bryan
dc.contributor.author Lemire, Mélanie
dc.contributor.author Bonefeld-Jørgensen, Eva C.
dc.contributor.author Long, Manhai
dc.contributor.author Ólafsdóttir, Kristín
dc.contributor.author Odland, Jon O.
dc.contributor.author Rautio, Arja
dc.contributor.author Myllynen, Päivi
dc.contributor.author Sandanger, Torkjel M.
dc.contributor.author Dudarev, Alexey A.
dc.contributor.author Bergdahl, Ingvar A.
dc.contributor.author Wennberg, Maria
dc.contributor.author Berner, James
dc.contributor.author Ayotte, Pierre
dc.date.accessioned 2022-01-15T01:02:35Z
dc.date.available 2022-01-15T01:02:35Z
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.identifier.citation Adlard , B , Lemire , M , Bonefeld-Jørgensen , E C , Long , M , Ólafsdóttir , K , Odland , J O , Rautio , A , Myllynen , P , Sandanger , T M , Dudarev , A A , Bergdahl , I A , Wennberg , M , Berner , J & Ayotte , P 2021 , ' MercuNorth–monitoring mercury in pregnant women from the Arctic as a baseline to assess the effectiveness of the Minamata Convention ' , International Journal of Circumpolar Health , vol. 80 , no. 1 , 1881345 , pp. 1881345 . https://doi.org/10.1080/22423982.2021.1881345
dc.identifier.issn 1239-9736
dc.identifier.other PURE: 43189938
dc.identifier.other PURE UUID: aefe49ee-8efe-409c-ae6c-3c3c2ee5c31c
dc.identifier.other Scopus: 85102126297
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/2834
dc.description Funding text #1 The authors would like to thank Dr Eric Dewailly for his vision and leadership on the initiation of this MercuNorth project. The MercuNorth project was an international collaboration, and we would like to acknowledge and thank all study participants and regional partners, including all participating university personnel and hospital staff, with a special thanks to Mr Anders Ruuth from Sunderby Hospital and personnel at Kiruna Hospital, Sweden, and personnel at Landakot University Hospital, Reykjavik. We would also like to thank Elhadji A. Laouan Sidi and Caty Blanchette for statistical analyses, and thank Anna Lukina, Ron Garson and Catherine Girard for their assistance with graphics. We would also like to acknowledge funding for this project which came from multiple sources across the Arctic, including a grant from the Nordic Council of Ministers (project #14137), funding from the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and the Danish Environmental Agency. Samples from Finland and Russia were collected and funded through the Kolarctic ENPI CBC 2007-2013 project (KO467) “Food and Health Security in the Norwegian, Russian and Finnish border regions: linking local industries, communities and socio-economic impacts”. Funding text #2 This work was supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers [Project #14137]; Swedish Environmental Protection Agency [n/a]; Kolarctic ENPI CBC 2007-2013 programme [n/a]; Danish Environmental Agency [n/a]. The authors would like to thank Dr Eric Dewailly for his vision and leadership on the initiation of this MercuNorth project. The MercuNorth project was an international collaboration, and we would like to acknowledge and thank all study participants and regional partners, including all participating university personnel and hospital staff, with a special thanks to Mr Anders Ruuth from Sunderby Hospital and personnel at Kiruna Hospital, Sweden, and personnel at Landakot University Hospital, Reykjavik. We would also like to thank Elhadji A. Laouan Sidi and Caty Blanchette for statistical analyses, and thank Anna Lukina, Ron Garson and Catherine Girard for their assistance with graphics. We would also like to acknowledge funding for this project which came from multiple sources across the Arctic, including a grant from the Nordic Council of Ministers (project #14137), funding from the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and the Danish Environmental Agency. Samples from Finland and Russia were collected and funded through the Kolarctic ENPI CBC 2007-2013 project (KO467) Food and Health Security in the Norwegian, Russian and Finnish border regions: linking local industries, communities and socio-economic impacts. Publisher Copyright: © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
dc.description.abstract Exposure to mercury (Hg) is a global concern, particularly among Arctic populations that rely on the consumption of marine mammals and fish which are the main route of Hg exposure for Arctic populations.The MercuNorth project was created to establish baseline Hg levels across several Arctic regions during the period preceding the Minamata Convention. Blood samples were collected from 669 pregnant women, aged 18–44 years, between 2010 and 2016 from sites across the circumpolar Arctic including Alaska (USA), Nunavik (Canada), Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Northern Lapland (Finland) and Murmansk Oblast (Russia). Descriptive statistics were calculated, multiple pairwise comparisons were made between regions, and unadjusted linear trend analyses were performed.Geometric mean concentrations of total Hg were highest in Nunavik (5.20 µg/L)  and Greenland (3.79 µg/L), followed by Alaska (2.13 µg/L), with much lower concentrations observed in the other regions (ranged between 0.48 and 1.29 µg/L). In Nunavik, Alaska and Greenland, blood Hg concentrations have decreased significantly since 1992, 2000 and 2010 respectively with % annual decreases of 4.7%, 7.5% and 2.7%, respectively.These circumpolar data combined with fish and marine mammal consumption data can be used for assessing long-term Hg trends and the effectiveness of the Minamata Convention.
dc.format.extent 1881345
dc.language.iso en
dc.relation.ispartofseries International Journal of Circumpolar Health; 80(1)
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject Meðganga
dc.subject Norðurslóðir
dc.subject Lífvöktun
dc.subject Norðurslóðir
dc.subject Lífvöktun
dc.subject Kvikasilfur
dc.subject Arctic
dc.subject biomonitoring
dc.subject Mercury
dc.subject Minamata Convention
dc.subject Environmental Monitoring
dc.subject Humans
dc.subject Mercury/analysis
dc.subject Pregnancy
dc.subject Canada
dc.subject Animals
dc.subject Arctic Regions
dc.subject Fishes
dc.subject Pregnant Women
dc.subject Female
dc.subject Health (social science)
dc.subject Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
dc.subject Epidemiology
dc.title MercuNorth–monitoring mercury in pregnant women from the Arctic as a baseline to assess the effectiveness of the Minamata Convention
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dc.description.version Peer reviewed
dc.identifier.pmid 34080521
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.1080/22423982.2021.1881345
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dc.contributor.department Faculty of Medicine


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