BSA Distinguished Lecture

"Unraveling the Mystery of an Environmental Disease"

Presented by Arthur Grollman, Stony Brook University, Dept. of Pharmacology

Thursday, May 15, 2008, 4:00 pm — Berkner Hall Auditorium

A progressive, invariably fatal kidney disease, Balkan endemic nephropathy, and the upper urothelial tract cancer associated with it, occur among residents of farming villages in the Danube river basin. Dr. Arthur Grollman and his colleagues began epidemiologic and clinical studies that resulted in the discovery that home-baked bread, a dietary staple of farm families living in the endemic area, was contaminated with aristolochic acid, a powerful kidney toxin and human carcinogen that was present in Aristolochia weeds that grow in local wheatfields.

Hosted by: Peter Wanderer

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