Children’s Health

Earth sciences professor Diane Boyer and two summer scholars

Kristen Roosa, a recent Oswego graduate in biology, is one of many students an interdisciplinary team of faculty has recruited to assist in their investigation of the effects of lead on children’s cardiovascular health.

The ongoing study has measured adverse effects of lead at levels far below the threshold for harmful effects set by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. With funding from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the researchers continue to investigate the complex biochemical interplay that is causing the observed effects.

Their study has singled out lead as at least one possible culprit in the known association between poverty and poor cardiovascular health. Preliminary results of the Oswego project appeared in news stories around the world when international wire services reported on a team member’s presentation before the American Physiological Society.

Roosa began working on the project as an undergraduate and plans a career in the field. This study is just one example of the rigorous level of intellectual inquiry and discovery at Oswego that engages undergraduates for a lifetime.

Photo: Roosa analyzes blood samples for a protein that correlates with cardiovascular disease risk.

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