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Name of Collaboratory :


Agricultural Health Study (AHS)


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Collaboratory Status :

Operational   Start Date : 1994 End Date : Info Last Updated : Wed, Dec 8 2010 11:00pm PST

Primary Collaboratory Function :

  Distributed Research Center  

Secondary Collaboratory Functions :


Domain(s) :

  NON-S&E >Health and Medical Sciences >Public Health, NON-S&E >Health and Medical Sciences >Health Sciences, Other  

Brief Description of the Collaboratory :


This study explores potential causes of cancer and other diseases among farmers and their families and among commercial pesticide applicators. Current medical research suggests that while agricultural workers are generally healthier than the general US population, they may have higher rates of some cancers, including leukemia, myeloma, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and cancers of the lip, stomach, skin, brain, and prostate. Other conditions, like asthma, neurologic disease, and adverse reproductive outcomes may also be related to agricultural exposures. The Agricultural Health Study is designed to identify occupational, lifestyle, and genetic factors that may affect the rate of diseases in farming populations.

The Agricultural Health Study began in 1994, and will continue to gather information for a number of years about the health of pesticide applicators and their families, details on occupational practices, and information on lifestyle and diet on a periodic basis.

North Carolina and Iowa were selected for this important study based on a nationwide competition. Both states have strong agricultural sectors with diverse production methods, commodities, and products. Information we learn from these two states will be helpful to farmers throughout the United States and other countries using modern agricultural technologies.

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Access to Information Resources :

  The complete set of questionnaires, results, and publications may be viewed by anyone through their Website. Personal identifying information on participants is kept confidential and used only by research staff. Names are not included in any reports. The study results are reported as statistical summaries only.  

Access to People as Resources :

  An independent advisory panel composed of distinguished professionals from various scientific and/or agricultural fields advises researchers and field personnel with respect to study implementation and study reports (publications). This group has a responsibility to review and evaluate all procedures and public health messages to ensure they are in the best interest of study participants and the general public. On a yearly basis, researchers and field personnel conduct a series of public meetings during which data collection and data analysis issues are presented to the advisory panel. In addition, selected members of the advisory panel review all manuscripts from the study before these are published. After both yearly meetings and manuscript review, comments from advisory panel members are carefully considered for incorporation into the study protocol and publications.  

Funding Agency or Sponsor :

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
United States Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

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Organizations with Funded Participants:
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Description of organization's role(s):
   Battelle Centers for Public Health Research and Evaluation
North Carolina Supervision
University of Iowa
   College of Public Health (University of Iowa)
      Department of Epidemiology (University of Iowa)
Iowa Supervision
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Team Leader and PI
United States Department of Health and Human Services
   National Institutes of Health (NIH)
      National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
PI and Co-PI
      National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Project Officer and PI, Co-Project Officer
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
   National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Westat Inc.
Coordinating Center

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