After working twenty years in the environmental health field, Renee Dufault now honorably retired from the US Public Health Service (PHS), serves as FIHRI's Founding Executive Director. Professor Dufault is also responsible for FIHRI's development program, financial affairs, and fundraising efforts.During her PHS career she doggedly pursued the environmental fate of the missing mercury from the chlor-alkali industry. Upon locating some of the mercury in high fructose corn syrup and publishing the findings, she then worked with her collaborative team to determine how this source of mercury exposure might interact with other epigenetic risk factors to affect learning in children.
After a lengthy review of the literature, Prof. Dufault and her interdisciplinary team developed a mercury toxicity model to explain these interactions. The mercury toxicity model made it through an exhausting peer review process and was published in the Behavioral and Brain Functions Journal 2009. http://www.behavioralandbrainfunctions.com/content/5/1/44 The model has been enhanced further in a new peer reviewed publication which is now available at the Clinical Epigenetics journal website http://www.clinicalepigeneticsjournal.com/content/4/1/6/abstract Since its publication on May 10, 2012, this article has been widely accessed by scientists all over the world.
Professor Dufault and her research team recently expanded their research to determine the role of inorganic mercury exposure from processed food consumption in the development of type-2 diabetes. A publication of their findings is available at the Integrative Molecular Medicine website at the following link -> Dufault et al. 2015
Prof. Dufault is recognized as a biomedical expert in the areas of fructose, mercury toxicology, epigenetics, environmental hazard assessment.Her articles continue to be widely accessed, and in some cases, the most accessed of all time (Environmental Health Journal, Behavioral and Brain Functions, Clinical Epigenetics).She makes her living as an educator and researcher working primarily with under-served populations. She teaches a popular online macroepigenetics course through the Food Ingredient and Health Research Institute and an online community environmental hazard assessment course through the United Tribes Technical College.