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Communications - News at Medicine - September 2014 - Graduate student receives top award at international conference for research on potential health ris



Graduate student receives top award at international conference for research on potential health risks of well water consumption
September 4, 2014
Kalen Thomson, a graduate student in the Faculty of Medicines applied health services research within the division of community health and humanities was recently presented with the CAWQ Philip H. Jones Award for top presentation from a student.
 
The award was received at the 2014 International Marine and Freshwater Environments Conference (iMFE) in St. John’s. Mr. Thomson’s paper, co-authored with his supervisors, Dr. Atanu Sarkar, Faculty of Medicine, and Dr. Tom Cooper, Faculty of Business Administration, looked at the potential health risks to the residents of Newfoundland and Labrador from contaminants, which they may be consuming from their well water.

“There’s a service gap right now in the province for complete water quality monitoring. A lot of residents take advantage of important bacteriological testing, which is available free from the Public Health Lab, but don’t realize that there is still a long list of parameters that they should have their water tested for, including harmful contaminants like arsenic and lead.” said Mr. Thomson when asked about his research. “The model set up in this presentation tried to articulate that risk, based on what limited groundwater data we have.”

The iMFE conference seeks to provide an international platform for the exchange of ideas around the protection of freshwater and marine environments, as well as sustainable development of natural resources. This year, the conference included a special session on Water Safety and Public Health, in which Kalen presented.

Mr. Thomson continues his studies with Memorial University's Faculty of Medicine as a student in the class of 2018 MD program that started this September.


From left: Kalen Thomson holding the CAWQ Philip H. Jones Award with supervisor Dr. Atanu Sarkar from the Faculty of Medicine’s division of community health and humanities



 
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