The Amazon is put under pressure, both by national and international development drivers. As a result, its population is increasingly exposed to environmental contaminants, such as heavy metals and pesticides. While studies have documented exposure to mercury from fish consumption in this region, little is known about human exposure to other heavy metals, such as lead and manganese. In addition, there is limited evidence on exposure to pesticides, which are increasingly being used in soy production since the 2000s. With this grant, we propose to hold a series of planning activities in Brazil, to develop a full research project to study (1) exposure to heavy metals and pesticides, (2) assess their health effects, and (3)  develop possible interventions with local, state and federal public health authorities from Brazil. With a bottom-up and participatory approach, will gather relevant stakeholders from the Municipal, State and Federal levels to discuss current health concerns regarding exposure to environmental contaminants and identify priorities and research questions. We will develop an integrated knowledge translation strategy to ensure the uptake of the knowledge generated by the research by the stakeholders at the different levels.

Chercheur principal

Myriam Fillion


Laurie Chan (Université d'Ottawa); José Antônio Menezes-Filho (Federal University of Bahia); Frédéric Mertens (University of Brasilia); Aline Philbert (UQAM)

Organisme subventionnaire

IRSC (Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada)


Planning and Dissemination Grant– Institute Community Support

Secteur de recherche

Santé et sécurité au travail


2017 - 2018

Montant accordé

19 990,00 $