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Our aim is to improve our understanding of the relationship between exposure and disease. Visit our Program Overview page to learn more.


What We Do

The Superfund Research Program at the University of California, Berkeley brings together public health and engineering experts to develop better methods to prevent and remediate contaminated sites and to understand and reduce effects of contamination.

Learn more from these videos about our researchers, their work, and it's importance.

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Understanding how Environmental Toxicants Alter DNA

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Using Yeast to Understand the Toxicity of Environmental Contaminants

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Benzene Exposure and Google Maps

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Plasmonic Mercury Sensing with Gold Nanoparticles

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Superfund Contaminants: The Next Generation

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Activated Persulfate for Remediation of Groundwater Contaminants

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Martyn Smith reflects on the 25 years of the NIEHS Superfund Research Program. Watch the YouTube video here

Martyn Smith on IARC Working Group Berkeley SRP Director, Prof. Martyn Smith participated in the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) working group meeting in Lyon June 2-9, 2015 that concluded that Lindane was a Group 1 human carcinogen (the first pesticide to be classified as such); that DDT was a probable human carcinogen (which has widespread implications for malaria control); and, that 2,4-D, one of the most widely used herbicides in the world especially on golf courses and lawns, was a possible human carcinogen.  An IARC press relaease can be found here.  A summary of the final evaluation was published in The Lancet Oncology.

Systems Toxicology Science Symposium: May 19, 2015 Agilent will present a one-day symposium with a number of distinguished thought leaders to discuss implementing integrated systems approaches in their research spanning a range of scientific disciplines.  May 19, 2015, 8:30am to 3:30pm, Berkeley, CA.  For details, click here.

Webinar: Community Assistance at Superfund sites EPA and NIEHS are holding a webinar to present information on a new EPA pilot program designed to meet the technical assistance needs of communities through collaboration with you – the SRP experts. It is being held on May 6, 2015 from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM, ET.  Click here for more details and registration.

Allan Smith Featured on CBS News UC Berkeley SRP Center investigator Allan Smith was featured in a story on CBS morning news as an expert on health effects of arsenic. The story reports on levels of arsenic in top-selling wines. Smith was interviewed because of his expertise on the health effects of arsenic. When asked about 50 parts per billion of arsenic – the highest level found in some wines – Smith said that an estimate of approximately 1 in 100 people who drink water with that level of arsenic during their life will ultimately die from arsenic, mostly due to cancers.

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Smith AH, Marshall G, Yuan Y, Steinmaus C, Liaw J, Smith MT, Wood L, Heirich M, Fritzemeier RM, Pegram MD, Ferreccio C (2014) Rapid Reduction in Breast Cancer Mortality with Inorganic Arsenic in Drinking Water. EBioMedicine. In Press. doi: 10.1016/j.ebiom.2014.10.0. [PDF]

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Information Links

BERC: The Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative.  BERC is a multidisciplinary network of UC Berkeley students, alumni, faculty, industry professionals, and advisors who seek to turn world-leading research into world-changing solutions by tackling tough and timely energy and environmental challenges.  For more information, click here

SPAN: Students, Postdocs, Alumni Network.  SPAN is a group of students, postdocs, and alumni that are or were funded by the Superfund Research Program.  For more information, click here

PEPH: Partnerships for Environmental Public Health.  PEPH offers meetings, workshops, and web seminars as a forum for open exchange of knowledge and information on environmental public health topics.  A list of PEPH events can be found by clicking here