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Anders Abelmann

Anders Abelmann

Dr. Anders Abelmann is a Supervising Health Scientist and Practice Area Lead for Industrial Hygiene and Exposure Science with Cardno ChemRisk. His principal areas of training and expertise include industrial hygiene, exposure and risk assessment, and occupational safety. He has been involved in researching, measuring and reconstructing exposure, and assessing risk to consumers and workers exposed to a variety of chemicals such as carbon monoxide, ethylene oxide, propylene oxide, toluene, styrene, formaldehyde, asbestos, and diacetyl.  Dr. Abelmann completed his doctorate in Public Health Science, with emphases in industrial hygiene and occupational safety, at the University of Illinois at Chicago. For his doctoral dissertation, he designed, executed, and evaluated a series of welding fume exposure experiments under laboratory-controlled conditions. A fractional factorial experimental design was used to evaluate process, environmental and physiological variables’ impacts on breathing zone concentrations. His master’s thesis research involved a life-cycle assessment of vegetable proteins, during which he evaluated the environmental impact associated with various protein substitutes in food products.

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Cardno ChemRisk staff across the country celebrated Pi Day (March 14, 2017) while enjoying slices of pie and conversations about mathematics. Pi Day is an annual, worldwide celebration of the mathematical constant pi and is observed on March 14th since pi is approximately equal to 3.14 (out to three significant figures).  Pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, and it is commonly represented in mathematics by the greek letter π.  Pi is the same value for all circles of any size, has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point, and will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern (as it is an irrational and transcendental number).  To learn more facts about pi or Pi Day, please visit: http://www.piday.org/.

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Every year the staff at Cardno ChemRisk's Chicago office take a vote and choose a local charity to volunteer for and this year we decided to spend a day volunteering for PAWS Chicago. We spent the day learning about this animal shelter that is committed to ending the euthanasia of homeless cats and dogs. They have built a model shelter and hope to bring their plan to other cities across the United States. We helped with stocking supplies, creating information packets and cleaning around the shelter. Then for the last thirty minutes of our visit we were able to socialize with the cats and dogs, this was in an effort to keep them socialized with humans, but it was also fun for us! It was a valuable experience and a great way to spend the morning.
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Posted by on in Epidemiology
Over the past several weeks, the National Football League (NFL) has once again faced increased scrutiny regarding its response to concussion-related health effects.  The league’s top official for the health and safety of players only recently formally acknowledged the link between playing football and degenerative brain disorders, such as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).  And last week, the New York Times raised more questions about the legitimacy of NFL-funded concussion research conducted by the league’s Mild Traumatic Brain Injury committee in the 1990s and 2000s.  Here, we continue our discussion of occupational injuries sustained by NFL players.  Our previous post can be found on our website

Perhaps overshadowed by the publicity surrounding the aforementioned issues, last week the league approved several new rule changes for the upcoming 2016 season, many of which are intended to protect players from injury.  One noteworthy change will move touchbacks from the 20- to the 25-yard line.  This rule is intended to protect players by discouraging returns made during kickoffs, plays that have especially high injury rates.  Our recent study of the effects of the NFL’s 2011 amendments to the Free Kick rule, changes that were similarly aimed at reducing the incidence of injuries during kickoffs, demonstrated that almost all of the positive effects of the rule changes were attributable to a decrease in active gameplay rather than to safer gameplay (see abstract here).  We additionally showed that, though kickoff injury rates decreased, the types of injuries suffered, including those to the head, did not significantly change.  Our study highlights the need for detailed assessments of injury prevention interventions to understand exactly how they influence injuries and why. 

Furthermore, additional research into the mechanisms of and risk factors for sports injuries, particularly those that can lead to long-term disability, will be key to their prevention.  The need for the rapid collection and synthesis of such information has become critical to the viability of the game of football.  Our company’s collective expertise in program evaluation, risk assessment, study design, and data analysis can help organizations maximize the effectiveness of their injury prevention strategies, conduct high-quality research, and effectively disseminate findings. For more information about our work in this area, please contact Dr. Peter Ruestow.  
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Posted by on in Food/Beverage

There has been research showing the presence of lead (Pb) and cadmium (Cd) in chocolate since 2001, although no evidence of harm from its consumption has been reported. For example, As You Sow, a consumer health protection organization, recently performed laboratory testing to measure levels of Pb and Cd on 50 different chocolate products available at retailers across California. The organization reported that 35 of the 50 chocolate products contained measurable levels of Pb and/or Cd. However, one should note that the presence of these metals in a food product alone is not sufficient to evaluate potential risks to consumers. The scientists at Cardno-ChemRisk presented work entitled “An exposure and health risk assessment of lead (Pb) in chocolate” at the annual Society of Toxicology meeting in New Orleans last week. To assess whether the ingestion of Pb-containing chocolate could pose a health risk to adults and children, our scientists used the EPA’s Adult Lead Methodology (ALM) and Integrated Exposure Uptake Biokinetic (IEUBK) models to predict the blood Pb levels (BLLs) of adults and children (aged 1-7) ingesting various amount of chocolate on a daily basis for 1 year. The results of this analysis demonstrated that in all cases, background Pb exposure was the primary contributor to estimated BLLs in children and adults, and Pb exposure from chocolate did not significantly increase estimated BLLs. Our findings indicate that simply reporting the Pb content of a chocolate product is not sufficient to evaluate health risk; the health risks of Pb in chocolate should be evaluated in the context of estimated background exposures using predictive blood Pb models. The SOT abstract of “An exposure and health risk assessment of lead (Pb) in chocolate” can be found here, along with the other abstracts that our staff presented. For further information, please contact Matt Abramson.  

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As in previous years, a group of researchers from Cardno ChemRisk will attend the 2016 Society of Toxicology's Annual Meeting in New Orleans from March 13-17. At SOT, we will present recent research during posters and presentations.

Between today and the start of the conference, the Cardno ChemRisk View will feature a series of presentations, as described by staff (you can read the 2015 entries here and here). First up is Lindsey Garnick from our San Francisco office:

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