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Chowdhury Presents Research on Arsenic Poisoning at University of Chicago

June 15, 2015

Syed Chowdhury  
Syed Chowdhury (left), associate professor at STLCC-
Wildwood, and Muhammad Kibriya, assistant professor at the
University of Chicago

Syed Chowdhury, Ph.D., associate professor of science at St. Louis Community College-Wildwood, presented a research project on the treatment of arsenic induced poisoning and its accumulation and toxicity in the human brain during a recent visit to the University of Chicago.

Chowdhury also visited the Human Genetics Lab, Comprehensive Cancer Center, Center for Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention, and the Arsenic Project Laboratory.

The research is conducted using an instrument called the PsyToolkit, which consists of a laptop and a response pad. The laptop runs the LINUX operating system and gauges how quickly participants react to different sizes, shapes, colors and patterns that flash on a monitor. The response pad is more sensitive than a regular keyboard and is more accurate in recording the reaction time of participants.

Chowdhury introduced the tool to his students at STLCC, and many have already participated in experiments to gather data.

He is exploring the possibility of conducting research in developing countries where drinking water typically has high levels of arsenic.

Chowdhury was invited to present his research by Habibul Ahsan, Louis Block professor of human genetics and epidemiology and director of the Center for Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention at the University of Chicago.