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HHRA board chair Dr. David Haas is also the Principal Investigator at Heartland Study partner hospital Indiana University School of Medicine.

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  • Heartland Study Methods Paper Published in Chemosphere

    A methods paper is about our flagship study is being published in Chemosphere, a peer-reviewed scientific journal published since 1972 by Elsevier. It publishes both original research and review articles in environmental chemistry.  We extend our thanks to the authors: Jessica Larose, Jean-François Bienvenu, Patrick Bélanger, Éric Gaudreau, Yunpeng Yu, and David M. Guise.  

  • Spraying Pesticides HHRA Answers DPR’s Call for Comments on Its “Roadmap” for Transforming Pest Management

    In a January 26, 2023 press release, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) released a provocative report entitled “Sustainable Pest Management: A Roadmap for California.” The Roadmap report sets “ambitious goals and actions to accelerate California’s systemwide transition to sustainable pest management and eliminate prioritized high-risk pesticides by 2050.” Also by 2050, the Roadmap report envisions that “Sustainable pest management has been adopted as the de facto pest management system in California.” The report captures the ideas and input of a diverse stakeholder group that met over two years to help DPR, Cal-EPA, and the California Department of Food and Agriculture develop a comprehensive plan sufficient to transform agriculture in the State from often heavily-pesticide dependent management systems to systems grounded in pest-prevention, biological control, and reduced-risk biopesticides. The Roadmap identifies and addresses most of the factors shaping pest management systems in the State and calls for dozens of new research, education, training, and regulatory initiatives. In order to guide the implementation process, DPR requested comments from the public that were due March 13, 2023. In crafting HHRA’s comments, Chuck Benbrook and Mark Lipson drew on their decades of experience tracking and advising DPR on pesticide use and regulatory issues.

The Heartland Study is Featured by IU School of Medicine

by Rachel Benbrook | May 20th, 2021
by Rachel Benbrook | May 20th, 2021
HHRA board chair Dr. David Haas is also the Principal Investigator at Heartland Study partner hospital Indiana University School of Medicine.

HHRA’s flagship project The Heartland Study was featured in a new blog on the Indiana University School of Medicine’s website this week.

IU is one of our hospital partners that is recruiting moms-to-be into this clinical research that will measure herbicide exposure in women and track pregnancy outcomes and the health and development of their baby until age 3.  The IU team has been hard at work, and have already enrolled 100 women – the first Heartland Study partner to reach this milestone!

Dr. David Haas is the vice chair of research for the School of Medicine’s OB-GYN department and IU’s principal investigator for the study. He also happens to be the chair of the HHRA board, and we are lucky to have his expertise guiding our research.

Dr. Haas comments in the blog post that Indiana is “a very agriculturally heavy state that uses a lot of these chemicals, so it’s important to recruit people who are not just in rural areas, because these chemicals can get into the water or affect air quality in all parts of the state.”

Congrats to the IU team for reaching 100 Heartland Study enrollees, and as always a huge thank you to all the mothers-to-be that have agreed to help doctors learn more about how herbicide exposure may be impacting the health of moms and babies in the Heartland.

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