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  Children’s National research into lead in DC water receives ‘Best Science Paper of 2009’ award
March 9, 2010

National environmental science journal names paper by Best and co-authors as ‘Editor’s Choice’

March 9, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC—A study that revived concerns over the long-term effects of increased lead exposure from the city’s water supply on District of Columbia children received the Editor’s Choice Award for Best Science Paper of 2009 from the journal Environmental Science and Technology. Dana Best, MD, a pediatrician in the Goldberg Center for Community Pediatric Health at Children’s National Medical Center and nationally recognized researcher of the effects of environmental hazards on children, served as co-author of the study, which appeared in the January 2009 edition of the journal.

The Editors Choice Award for Best Science Paper was presented on Monday, March 8, 2010. The journal, Environmental Science and Technology, publishes nearly 1,500 papers each year.

The study, which was conducted in collaboration with Marc Edwards and Simoni Triantafyllidou of the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, demonstrated a major increase in childhood lead poisoning from 2001-2004, a time when the District of Columbia was experiencing a rising level of lead in the city’s drinking water. Previously, it was unknown if the increase in lead levels had any impact on children that were exposed during that time.

Following publication of the study, media coverage in the Washington Post and across the city led to an investigation by the District of Columbia Office of the Inspector General and Congress into the management of the city’s water supply during that time.

Related links
• Read the story in the Washington Post
• Learn more about lead and lead exposure from Children’s National
• Read the original study in Environmental Science and Technology

Contact: Emily Dammeyer/Jennifer Leischer: 202-476-4500.

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