Rice ingestion is an important dietary source of methylmercury; however rice does not contain the same beneficial micronutrients as fish. It is important to investigate associations between methylmercury and child development in a population where the main dietary source of methylmercury is rice (not fish) in order to more accurately assess methylmercury's toxic effects.
2016-19 NIEHS: Methylmercury Exposure Through Rice Ingestion, Gut Microbes, and Offspring Development (Award R21 ES026412) (PI: Rothenberg)
2013-16 NIEHS: Maternal Methylmercury Exposure Through Rice Ingestion and Offspring Development (Award R15 ES022409) (PI: Rothenberg)
Rothenberg, S.E., Yin, R., Hurley, J.P., Krabbenhoft, D.P., Ismawati, Y., Hong, C., Donohue, A., (2017). Stable mercury isotopes in polished rice (Oryza sativa L.) and hair from rice consumers. Environmental Science and Technology. 51, 6480-6488. PMID: 28482656 PMCID: PMC5464010. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.7b01039
Rothenberg, S.E., Yu, X., Liu, J., Biasini, F.J., Hong, C., Jiang, X., Nong, Y., Yue, C., Korrick, S.A., (2016). Maternal methylmercury exposure through rice ingestion and offspring neurodevelopment: A prospective cohort study. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health, 219, 832-842. PMID: 27503636 PMCID: PMC5086436
Hong, C., Yu, X., Liu, J., Cheng, Y., Rothenberg, S.E., (2016). Low-level methylmercury exposure through rice ingestion in a cohort of pregnant mothers in rural China. Environmental Research. 150, 519-527. PMID: 27423706 PMCID: PMC5003649
Rothenberg, S.E., Windham-Myers, L., Creswell, J.E. (2014). Rice methylmercury exposure and mitigation: a comprehensive review. Environmental Research. 133, 407-423. PMID: 24972509 PMCID: PMC4119557