Relationship of Blood Esterases, Pesticide Exposure and Cardiovascular Disease (sponsored by NIH)
This R21 grant is designed to solidify an interdisciplinary team of basic and
, and to position this team for participation in larger-scale on-going multi-institutional epidemiological studies. This health disparity in CVD is logically related to risk factors more prevalent in the South (which has a higher proportion of African Americans than other regions in the country). The South is rural and highly agricultural, so the Southern populations would be expected to be routinely exposed to higher levels of pesticides than populations in many other regions. The following hypothesis will be studied: The effects of pesticide exposure contribute to the development of CVD and are more pronounced in the African American population.