“Environmental Health Risk Assessment of Arsenic: Romanian Case Study”

This Friday, March 24, 2017 the College of the Coast & Environment will be hosting Dr. Eugen Gurzau from the Environmental Health Center (Romania) for the Spring CC&E Seminar Series. Dr. Gurzau’s topic for the seminar will be “Environmental Health Risk Assessment of Arsenic: Romanian Case Study.” Please join us in the Dalton J. Woods Auditorium for this very informative talk.


Inorganic As, commonly present in groundwater, is a recognized carcinogen and well-recognized as a human health hazard with multiple effects such as cardiovascular diseases, spontaneous pregnancy loss and other perinatal health outcomes. Globally, the consumption of water from contaminated ground aquifers remains the primary source of exposure to iAs. Arsenic is distributed widely throughout the earth’s crust and dissolves into groundwater aquifers under specific geochemical circumstances. Over 500 million persons worldwide depend on drinking water sources contaminated with iAs concentrations >10 parts per billion (ppb), the maximum contaminant level (MCL) currently set by the World Health Organization. Causal relationships between long-term elevated As exposure and cancer of skin, lung, and bladder have been accepted and documented by several studies including studies carried out in Romania. Low to moderate levels of exposure to arsenic and noncancer health outcomes, such as hypertension, spontaneous pregnancy loss, birth weight and others, have been documented by several Romanian studies funded by US Institutions/Agencies. The description of the large EU funded and US funded studies on arsenic exposure via drinking water and health outcomes in Romania will be presented during the seminar.

Lunch will be provided immediately following the seminar in the conference room next to the auditorium.

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Where: Dalton J. Woods Auditorium
LSU Energy, Coast, and Environment Building