Pesticide exposure and endocrine health outcomes in Palestinian and Israeli males

PIs, Hagai Levine and Jeremy D. Kark

In this project we aim to evaluate organophosphate exposure and its determinants among Israeli and Palestinian men and to determine the association with male hormones levels. To accomplish these goals we will use a population-based cross-sectional sample of Jerusalem residents, examined in 2004-2008. Urine samples taken from males aged 25-49 will be examined for 6 organophosphate metabolite levels in the collaborating lab and blood samples will be tested for hormone levels at Hadassah. We are currently in the process of signing a contract and preparing the samples for shipment to Germany. We have recently published a paper on Trends in Reproductive Health in Israel which serves to strengthen and focus the need for the current project.