In December, most of Washington's outer coast was closed to Dungeness crab fishing due to high levels of domoic acid. Domoic acid is a neurotoxin produced by a type of marine algae known as Pseudonitzschia that can accumulate in shellfish and other marine organisms through their diet. In the past, people have died from eating seafood containing domoic acid. Now careful regulation prevents major domoic acid poisoning events in humans.
On October 5th, the University of Washington Superfund Research Program (UW SRP) got a new Research Administrator- Emily Patridge. Patridge comes to us from the UW Health Sciences Library where she served as the Assistant Director of Clinical Research and Data Services for the last four years. In her new position, she splits her time between the UW SRP and the University of Washington Interdisciplinary Center for Exposures, Diseases, Genomics and Environment, which is also funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
Dr. Clement Furlong, a principal investigator on Project 3, Dr.