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Faculty & Staff Honors

Faculty & Staff Honors

BU Professor Recognized for Research into El Salvador’s Kidney Disease Epidemic

Dr. Madeleine Scammell, assistant professor of environmental health at Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH), is one of five researchers selected for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Outstanding New Environmental Health Science (ONES) awards.

[Photo: Dr. Madeleine Scammell]

The award will support Dr. Scammell’s research on the epidemic of chronic kidney disease among agricultural workers in El Salvador, and provide additional mentoring and career development resources.

Her research will build on previous studies with other BUSPH researchers on occupational risk factors for kidney disease among sugarcane workers in nearby Nicaragua. “Our past research looked at job-task as a proxy for exposure to heat and physical exertion, examining workers and their kidney function over one harvest season,” Dr. Scammell says. In contrast, this study will use actual measures of heat and exertion at six month intervals for almost three years.

“It will be the first longitudinal study of this kind in the region,” Dr. Scammell says. “We will also look at other exposures in addition to heat stress, which will be helpful in understanding the pieces of the puzzle contributing to this epidemic.”

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