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Dr. Burgess' research has focused on translational environmental health issues with an emphasis on evaluation and prevention of injurious exposures to: populations exposed to arsenic in their water and food; firefighters and law enforcement officers; and miners.
Dr. Burgess is the Principal Investigator (PI) for several current research and training projects, including: a National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) funded Center for Indigenous Environmental Health Research; a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funded grant to prevent cancer in firefighters; a FEMA grant to evaluate methods to reduce fire service vehicle crashes, working with several U.S. fire departments; an Alpha Foundation-funded study of risk management interventions in the mining industry; a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) funded comparison of exposures and health effects from diesel and biodiesel blend-fueled underground mining equipment; and a NIOSH funded industrial hygiene training program.
Dr. Burgess has also worked as an Emergency Medicine physician, Medical Toxicologist and Occupational and Environmental Medicine physician, in addition to his research and teaching. In relation to the current application, Dr. Burgess has conducted extensive research on arsenic exposures and associated biomarkers of adverse effect, including serving as PI for a previous United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant (RD-83399201 10/1/08 – 09/30/11) “Modeling Dietary Contributions to Arsenic Dose and Methylation: Elucidating Predictive Linkages” determining the extent to which diet contributes to urinary arsenic levels, particularly in populations with low arsenic levels in their drinking water.