Skip to main content
Explore URMC

URMC Logo

menu
URMC / Research / Research@URMC
Q&A: A Fishy Formula for Measuring Mercury

Q&A: A Fishy Formula for Measuring Mercury

Fish are loaded with nutrients important for brain development and overall health, but they can also carry a toxic form of mercury that can harm the developing brain. Environmental Medicine researcher Matthew D. Rand, Ph.D., answers our questions about mercury toxicity as well as his new method of measuring mercury and how it could improve fish consumption guidelines from the FDA and EPA.

Hair Strands Might Predict Mercury Toxicity

Hair Strands Might Predict Mercury Toxicity

Rochester researchers have discovered a simplified way to measure how fast mercury from fish meals is expelled in humans—by looking at concentrations in hair strands. Preliminary findings show elimination rates vary widely among people, according to a study published online by Toxicological Sciences.

Fish Tale: Autism and Mercury Link Debunked

Fish Tale: Autism and Mercury Link Debunked

Pregnant mothers in the Seychelles consume fish on average 12 times a week.  Yet despite concerns regarding the risk to brain development posed by mercury found in fish, children in the Seychelles show no sign of adverse neurological effects, including autism.