Dear Community Member,
A new research study is being launched to assess
exposure to heavy metal pollution present in the homes and bodies of children
living near industrial facilities in the West Berkeley and West Oakland Area.
This study is sponsored by Global Community Monitor in collaboration with the
University of California, San Francisco, Pediatric Environmental Health
Specialty Unit, and Children’s Hospital Oakland.
Past air monitoring in West Berkeley has shown
consistent levels of heavy metals known to come from industry: manganese (Mn)
and nickel (Ni). Air monitoring in West Oakland has shown the consistent
presence of lead (Pb) and cadmium (Cd). This pilot study seeks to understand
the connection between children living within a mile of industrial facilities
in Berkeley and Oakland, CA and their exposure to pollution.
Body Burden Monitoring (also called
"bio-monitoring") measures the amount of toxic chemicals and heavy
metals stored within the human body. Thirty-five children between the ages
of one to five will have one blood sample tested for manganese (Mn) in the West
Berkeley area. Thirty-five children between the ages of one to five will have
one blood sample tested for lead and cadmium in the West Oakland area.
This study is not meant to assess health
effects or act as health care. We will not be able to correlate your child’s
blood values with potential health risks to your child except in the case of
extremely high levels, which should be rare.
After the body burden and environmental monitoring
are complete, the East Bay Body Burden Study will be compiling a final report.
This report will be incorporated into a broader discussion about addressing the issue of breathing space
(buffer zones) between industrial operations and residential neighbors. This
study may be utilized by public to engage policy makers, environmental
regulators, community organizations and industrial management.
HOW TO JOIN THE STUDY
We will be enrolling 35 children (parental consent
required) between the ages of one and five years of age, who live within one
mile of Pacific Steel Casting OR Custom Alloy Scrap Sales to be involved in the
study. Each participant will undergo a brief interview. If your family is
accepted for this study, you will be asked to:
an information session in mid January,
a consent form,
out a questionnaire,
your child to Children’s Hospital to give one blood sample and,
available to study team staff to schedule a wipe sample to be taken at your
Participants will receive their child’s blood test
and wipe sample results compared to relevant guidelines and may participate in
follow-up consultations with physicians and environmental health experts. This
process should take about six to eight months with a minimal time commitment of
about eight hours by your family.
Your child’s information will be kept strictly
confidential. There will be opportunities for participants to share their story
about their experience working with the study and about their response to the
results. You have the right to leave the study at any time.
There will be an information session about this
January 25, 2012
Children’s Hospital Oakland
Conference Room OPC A, 744 52nd Street
Outpatient building directly across from Main Hospital
For more detailed information, please contact Ruth
Breech, study coordinator. To sign-up or
ask questions, contact Study Team staff at (510)
233 -1870 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
East Bay Body Burden Study Team
John Balmes, MD: University of California San
Mark Miller, MD: University of California San
Ruth Breech, Global Community Monitor