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Atanu Sarkar

Community Health and Humanities
MBBS (Burdwan), MCH & PhD (JNU, New Delhi), MES (Queen’s)

Associate Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health

Health Sciences Centre
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Atanu.Sarkar@med.mun.ca


Teaching:

Course Instructor:

  • Environmental health (MED 6722) for MPH (Winter)
  • Communicable disease prevention and control (MED6724) for MPH (Fall)
  • Public health seminar I (MED6700) for MPH program (Fall)
  • Public health seminar II (MED6701) for MPH program (Winter)
  • Practicum for MPH (MED 6710)

Course coordinator:

  • Undergraduate (MD) teaching: Environmental health and others (Phase I & III), and independent projects.


Research Interests:

  • Environmental contamination and health
  • Climate change and health
  • Food Security
  • Agriculture and health
  • Ecosystem and health
  • Social epidemiology
  • Occupational hazards
  • Global health
Supervise graduate students (subject to available fund support)  who are interested to conduct research on the above topics


Research Grants:

Notified

  1. Distribution of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in Newfoundland diet: Possible connection to hypothyroidism (Principal Investigator) Newfoundland Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research (NLCAHR) (2015 – 2016)
  1. From the northern edge of subarctic Canada to the subtropics of Australia: Improving food security and wellbeing in Indigenous communities through agroforestry stewardship practices using Indigenous knowledge and western science as complementary constructs (Co-applicant), Source: CIHR Transitional Open Operating Grant Program (T-OOGP) (2015-2016)
  1. Perceiving Climate Variability: A Community-based Study to Identify Frameworks for Understanding and Interpretation (Co-Principal Applicant), Source: SSHRC Insight Development Grant Competition (2015-2017).

Ongoing

  • Water Insecurity in Black Tickle: Moving Toward Solutions (Co-Investigator), Source: Office of the President, Memorial University (2013 – 2015)
  • A framework for better understanding drinking-water quality in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador: Implications for optimization and protection of municipally supplied water (Co-Investigator),  Source: Harris Centre RBC Water Research and Outreach Fund (2013 – 2015)
  • Study of trends and determinants of employment benefit of Memorial University. (Principal Investigator) Internal grant from Vice-President Administration, Memorial University (2014-2016)

Completed
  • Radiation Exposure in Makkovik, Labrador and Environmental Health Risk - Part 1: Measurement of Radio Nuclides in the Environment and Local Food Sources; Part 2: Assessment of Population Perspectives and Needs (Principal Investigator), Source: Newfoundland Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research (NLCAHR) and Labrador Institute
  • Assessment of Exposure to Radiation in Makkovik, Labrador: Measurement of Nuclides in the Environment and Local Food Sources (Principal Investigator), Source: Atlantic Aboriginal Health Research Program (AAHRP)
  • A study of food insufficiency and food insecurity among elderly population and single parents in St John’s (Principal Investigator), Source: Harris Centre Applied Research Fund
  • Exploring appropriate business models for establishment of water quality monitoring service in Newfoundland and Labrador (Principal Investigator), Source: Harris Centre RBC Water Research and Outreach Fund
  • Developing a community-based monitoring program for drinking water supplies in the Indian Bay Watershed: A baseline study of surface water quality, contamination sources and resident practices and perceptions (Co-Principal Investigator), Source: Harris Centre RBC Water Research and Outreach Fund
  • Water quality in Aboriginal communities in Labrador: a study of the Southern Inuit community of Black Tickle (Co-Principal Investigator), Source: Harris Centre RBC Water Research and Outreach Fund, and Labrador Institute
  • Community-based case-control study of Type 1 diabetes mellitus incidence and drinking water content in Newfoundland and Labrador (Co-Investigator), Source: Harris Centre RBC Water Research and Outreach Fund
  • Seeking innovative policy and governance solutions for sustainable drinking water systems in rural and small towns in Newfoundland and Labrador (Co-Investigator), Source: Harris Centre RBC Water Research and Outreach Fund
  • Multiple environmental stressors contaminating water and food chain: an exploratory study assessing human health risk in the Humber River Basin  (Principal Investigator), Source: Humber River Basin Project
  • A study of groundwater quality of private wells in Western Newfoundland communities (Principal Investigator), Source: Harris Centre RBC Water Research and Outreach Fund 

Selected Publications:

Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • Sarkar, A., Hanrahan, M., Hudson, A., Water Insecurity in Canadian Indigenous communities: Some Inconvenient Truths, Remote and Rural Health (accepted)
  • Hanrahan, M., Sarkar, A., Hudson, A. Water Insecurity in Indigenous Canada: a Community-based Inter-disciplinary Approach. Water Quality Research Journal of Canada (accepted)
  • Sarkar, A., Knight, J.C., Babichuk, N.A., Mulay, S. (2015) Skewed distribution of hypothyroidism in the coastal communities of Newfoundland, Canada. Environment International 83:171–175. [http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2015.05.017] 
  • Sarkar, A., vanLoon, G. (2015) Modern Agriculture and Food and Nutrition Insecurity: paradox in India. Public Health 1-3 [http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.puhe.2015.04.003] 
  • Finnis, J., Sarkar, A., Stoddart, M. (2015) Bridging science and community knowledge? The complicating role of natural variability in perceptions of climate change. Global Environmental Change 32:1–10. [http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2014.12.011] 
  • Hanrahan, M., Sarkar, A., Hudson, A., (2014) Exploring Water Insecurity in a Northern Indigenous Community in Canada: The “Never Ending Job” of the Southern Inuit of Black Tickle, Labrador. Arctic Anthropology 51(2):9–22
  • Sarkar, A., Patil, S.G., Hugar, L.B., vanLoon, G, (2013) Modern Agriculture Practices and Associated Health Risks: An Indian Study. J. Indian Soc. Agriculture Statistics. 67(2): 279-285.
  • Sarkar, A., Aronson, K.J., Patil, S.G., Hugar, L.B., vanLoon, G, (2012) Emerging health risks associated with modern agriculture practices: A comprehensive study in India. Environmental Research. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2012.03.005 
  • Chakraborti, D., Rahman, M.M., Murill, M., Das, R., Siddayya, Patil, S.G., Sarkar, A., Dadapeer H.J., Yendigeri, S., Ahmed, R., Das, K.K., (2012), Environmental arsenic contamination and its health effects in a historic gold mining area of the Mangalur greenstone belt of Northeastern Karnataka, India. J. Hazard. Mater. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhazmat.2012.10.002
  • Sarkar, A., Patil, S.G., Hugar, L.B., vanLoon, G (2011). Sustainability of current agriculture practices, community perception and implications for ecosystem health: an Indian study. EcoHealth 8(4). DOI: 10.1007/s10393-011-0723-9.
  • Sarkar, A. (2010) Ecosystem Perspective of Groundwater Arsenic Contamination in India and Relevance in Policy. EcoHealth. 7(1), pp 114-126.
  • Sarkar, A. (2010) Assessing Vulnerability and Adaptation of Arsenic Exposed Population in India. Asian Journal of Water, Environment and Pollution. 7(1), pp 35-43.
  • Sarkar, A. (2009) Role of Inequality and Inequity in the Occurrence and Consequences of Chronic Arsenicosis in India and Policy Implications. Environmental Justice. 2(3), pp 147 – 152.
  • Sarkar, A. (2008) Climate change and health: methodological issues and introduction to climate epidemiology. Indian Journal of Public Health. 52(2), pp 100-106.

 

Editorial

  • Sarkar, A. (2011) Climate Change: Adverse Health Impacts and Roles of Health Professionals. International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2(1): 5-8.


Books

  • Sarkar, A. Social epidemiology of arsenic poisoning in West Bengal, India. (2012) Lap Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany.
  • Sensharma S., Sarkar, A. (editors) (2012) Disaster Risk Management: Local, Regional and International Level Cooperation. Concept Publisher, New Delhi.
  • Sarkar, A., Panigrahi, S. Anand, M. (2007) Vector Borne Diseases in India - Environmental Health and Policy Perspectives, Manak Publications, New Delhi, India. p 210.
  • Sarkar, A., Panigrahi, S. (2007) Water Borne Diseases in India - Environmental Health and Policy Perspectives, Manak Publications, New Delhi, India. p 230.
  • Lal, P., Sarkar, A., Chaturvedi, B., Madan, V. (2006) Stealthy Intruders – How Persistent Organic Pollutants are Harming the Health of Indian Women, Chintan, New Delhi, India. p 52.


Edited Books (chapters)

  • Sarkar, A. (2009) Sustainable solutions to arsenic contamination of ground water: a review of existing opportunities in the Ganga-Meghna-Brahmaputra basin. In: Pascual, U., Bandyopadhyay, J., & Shah, A. (Eds) Water, Agriculture and Sustainable Wellbeing. Oxford University Press, pp 54-74, New Delhi, India.
  • Mukherjee, A.B., Bhattacharya P., Sarkar, A., Zevenhoven, R. (2009) Mercury emissions from industrial sources in India and its effects in the environment, In: Pirrone, N & Mason R, (Eds) Mercury Fate and Transport in the Global Atmosphere Emissions, Measurements and Models, Springer, pp 81-112, New York, USA.
  • Sarkar, A. (2008) Role of social factors as determinants for chronic arsenicosis in India. In: Bhattacharya P., Mukherjee, A.B. & Bundschuh J. (Eds) Groundwater for Sustainable Development – Problems, Perspectives and Challenges. Taylor & Francis/Balkema, pp 365-376, Leiden, The Netherlands.
  • Sarkar, A. (2008) Occupational and environmental health perspectives of e-waste recycling in India: a review. In: Johri, R. (Ed) E-waste in India: Implications, Regulations and Management in India. TERI Press, pp 121-148, New Delhi, India.
  • Sarkar, A. (2008) Arsenic contamination of ground water: Social determinants of an environmental crisis in India. In: Lahiri-Dutt K. & Wasson R. (Eds) Water First: Issues and Challenges for Nations and Communities in South Asia. SAGE-India, pp 160-184, New Delhi, India.
  • Sarkar, A. (2007) E-waste in India: Environmental health perspective and possible actions. In: Rajeshwari, K.V., Basu, S. & Johri, R. (Eds) Tackling e-waste: towards efficient management techniques. pp. 19-34, TERI Press, New Delhi, India.


Presentation of papers in international conferences/workshops (selected)

  • Sarkar, A., Knight, J.C., Babichuk, N.A., Mulay, S. (2015) Is exposure to Thyroid Disrupting Chemicals responsible for higher rates of hypothyroidism in some coastal communities of Newfoundland, Canada? 27th Annual International Society for Environmental Epidemiology Conference. 30 August – 3 September, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • Sarkar, A., Wilton, D.H., Fitzgerald, E. (2015) Radon (Rn) induced health risk assessment: need to re-examine current policy and to act beyond disciplinary boundaries. 27th Annual International Society for Environmental Epidemiology Conference. 30 August – 3 September, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • Sarkar, A., Wilton, D.H. (2014) A Study of Environmental Impacts Due to Uranium Exploration and Development in Labrador, Canada. 26th Annual International Society for Environmental Epidemiology Conference. 24 - 28 August, Seattle, USA. 
  • Sarkar, A., vanLoon, G.W. (2014) Evidence of Epidemiological Transition in Rural India: Are Modern Agriculture and Changing Ecology Responsible? The 5th Biennial Conference of the International Association for Ecology and Health. 11 – 15 August, Montreal, Canada.
  • Sarkar, A., Hanrahan, M., Hudson, A. (2014) Exploring Water Insecurity and Health Risks in the Southern Inuit Community of Black Tickle, Labrador, Canada The 5th Biennial Conference of the International Association for Ecology and Health. 11 – 15 August, Montreal, Canada.
  • Sarkar, A. (2013) Agricultural practices, food production, food security and governance in South Asia, International conference on environmental epidemiology. 19 – 23 August, Basel, Switzerland.
  • Sarkar, A. Finnis, J (2013) Changing Climate in Rural Canada: Linking Scientific Evidence and Population Perspectives. International conference on environmental epidemiology. 19 – 23 August, Basel, Switzerland.
  • Sarkar, A. (2011) Climate epidemiology: a pressing need for the developing world, in Global Health Conference, on Nov 13-15, Montreal, Canada.
  • Sarkar, A. vanLoon, G., Aronson, K., Goebel, A. (2010) Modern Agriculture Practice and Emergence of New Health Crisis in Rural India in Canadian Conference on Global Health 2010, on 31Oct – 3 Nov, Ottawa, Canada.
  • Sarkar, A. (2009) The Impact of Agricultural Practices on Environmental Health: A Comparative Analysis in India in the Environment, Health and Development Network Inaugural Symposium, on 15 – 17 June, University of East Anglia (UEA), Norwich, United Kingdom.
  • Sarkar, A. (2008) Environmental Health Perspectives of Aral Sea Disaster, in International Conference on Problems of Aral: Impact on the Gene Pool of Population, Flora, Fauna and International Cooperation for Mitigating Consequences, 11 – 12 March 2008, Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
  • Sarkar, A. (2007) Participatory Governance and Inter-sector Coordination for Sustainable Solutions of Arsenic Contamination of Ground Water in India: An Explorative Study, in European Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change, 24 – 26 May 2007, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Sarkar, A. (2007) Integrated approach for sustainable solutions of groundwater arsenic contamination of South Asia, in International Conference on Towards Sustainable Global Health, 9 – 11 May 2007, Bonn, Germany.
  • Sarkar, A. (2006) Sustainable solutions of arsenic contamination of groundwater in Ganga-Meghna-Brahmaputra basin: A review of existing opportunities, in ninth biennial conference of International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE), 15 – 18 December 2006, New Delhi, India.
  • Sarkar, A. (2006) Roles of inequality and inequity in occurrence and severity of chronic arsenicosis: A lesson learnt from Bengal basin, in Institutional Dimension on Global Environmental Change (IDGEC) Synthesis Conference, 6 – 9 December 2006, Bali, Indonesia.
  • Sarkar, A., Mehrotra, R., Anand, M. (2006) Roles of inequality and inequity in chronic arsenicosis and its consequences. In: Proc. International conference on environmental epidemiology and exposure “Science, Population Diversity, Caution and Precaution”. 2 – 6 September, 2006, Paris, France.
  • Sarkar, A. (2006) Role of social factors as determinants for chronic arsenicosis in India. In: Ramanathan A.L., Bhattacharya P., Chandrasekharam D., Keshari A.K., Thangarajan M., & Bundschuh J. (Eds) Proc. International Groundwater Conference (IGC 2006) “Groundwater for Sustainable Development – Problems, Perspectives and Challenges”. 1 – 4 February, 2006, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.
  • Sarkar, A., Mehrotra, R. (2005) Social dimensions of chronic arsenicosis in West Bengal (India). In: Proc.17th annual conference of International Society of Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE) “Sustaining World Health through Environmental Epidemiology: Setting a New Global Research Agenda”. 13 – 16, September, 2005, Johannesburg, South Africa. Abstract in Epidemiology 16(5): S68.


Highlighted Accomplishments:

  • Dean of Medicine Excellence Awards (Junior Non-Clinical) (2015)
  • SSHRC Travel Grants Competition, Annual conference of International Society of Environmental Epidemiology, Basel, Switzerland (2013)
  • Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research, Faculty of Health Sciences, Queen’s University (2010)
  • Core Team Member: Employment condition and health dimension (EMCONET), Commission of Social Determinants of Health, World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Team Member: Global Partnership on Atmospheric Mercury Transport and Fate Research, United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP)

Creative Activity

Directional debut: short documentary Broken Rocks. Based on research on uranium exploration in Labrador. 

Available in YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGJ5_qDCjsg

 


 
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