Effects of lead intake in human blood

Updated 2005-10-03

In Greenland lead contamination of the edible parts of seabirds, particularly eiders, is high because the birds have been killed with lead shot. Therefore bird-eaters are exposed to a high lead intake, probably often exceeding safe limits. In this study we will compare the lead level in human blood in a group of people from Nuuk, Greenland eating many birds with the level in a group eating few. This will enable us to assess if the high lead exposure is reflected in people and constitutes a health risk. The project is conducted in cooperation with The Medical Clinic in Nuuk and The Center for Arctic Environmental Medicine, Aarhus University.

This is a National Implementation Plan (NIP) project

Time frame

Project time span
2003 - 2005
Data collection
2003 - 2004
Data processing
2004 - 2005
Data reporting
2004 - 2005

Contact information

Contact person
Poul Johansen
NERI Frederiksborgvej 399 4000 Roskilde, Denmark
+45 46301936
+45 46301914

Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Heavy metals
Media sampled/studied/modelled
Human media


Regions studied
Heavy metals

Data availability

Are data archived or planned to be archived at an AMAP Thematic Data Centre?
If no (or only part of data are reported to a TDC), where and how are (other) data stored?
Data are stored in NERI contaminant database
Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?
Specimen banking information

Human blood stored in NERI specimen bank

Methods & Procedures

Not specified

Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
Other institutes involved in the project

Centre for Arctic Envirironmental Medicine, Aarhus, Denmark

Indigenous AND traditional knowledge used in this project

yes, Inuit have cooperated in giving blood samples and reporting diet in questionaire

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