Occupational exposure to farm animals and antibody biomarkers of campylobacter jejuni exposure and autoimmune peripheral neuropathy
Learning Areas:Environmental health sciences
Occupational health and safety
Public health or related research
Describe occupational exposures to pathogens in the farm environment. Discuss neurologic outcomes of occupational exposures in the farm environment. Describe the association between Campylobacter jejuni infection and risk of autoimmune peripheral neuropathy. Compare anti-Campylobacter jejuni IgA, IgG, and IgM antibody levels between farmers and non-farmers. Compare the likelihood of testing positive for anti-ganglioside autoantibodies between farmers and non-farmers. Assess the relationship between anti-Campylobacter jejuni antibody levels and detection of anti-ganglioside autoantibodies. Discuss the role of policymakers in reducing occupational health hazards on the farm.
Keyword(s): Occupational Health, Agricultural Work Safety
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I received my Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in December 2012. My dissertation research focused on occupational exposure to Campylobacter jejuni and autoimmune peripheral neuropathy in cattle, poultry, and swine farmers. I received a CLF Innovation Grant and NIOSH ERC Pilot Project Research Training Award to fund this research. I was a Sommer Scholar and received the Kruse Award and ACR Abbott Graduate Student Achievement Award.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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