Research Study

The Study of Newcomer Women and Developmental Toxicants (The SEED Study)
Principal Investigator 
Tom Kosatsky


Body Locations and Systems 
Women's Health
Closed for Recruitment
Study Start/End 
Mar 1, 2015 to May 31, 2017
Vancouver Community
Linda Dix-Cooper, Study Coordinator
Email Address
Purpose of Study 

 The purpose of this study is to investigate exposures to heavy metal exposures and other environmental chemicals among newcomer women of reproductive age (19-45 years) from India, China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan living in the Greater Vancouver area.  This study will help us determine if current levels of toxicants may be a public health concern.  The results of this study will help us to learn how to reduce future exposures. 


Inclusion Criteria:

  • Women aged 19 – 45 years 
  • Moved to Canada from India, China, Hong Kong, or Taiwan directly
  • Have lived in Canada for one to five years
  • Are either less than 16 weeks pregnant or not pregnant
  • Live in the Greater Vancouver area, British Columbia
  • Speak English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Punjabi and / or Hindi

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Have kidney disease

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