Environmental & Biological Specimens

Westat has applied national field resources to collect environmental samples in homes, schools, and industrial facilities and has coordinated analyses at specialized laboratories. We are expert at developing protocols for collecting, transporting, storing, and documenting physical examination data, biologic specimens, and environmental samples.

Project Highlights

Are pesticides a health hazard for farmers?

Despite a lower overall mortality rate than the general population, farmers experience an excess of certain cancers, such as leukemia, myeloma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and cancers of the lip, stomach,...

Assessing HIV in Malawi and Zimbabwe

The HIV/AIDS epidemic continues to have severe impacts in sub-Saharan Africa. In Malawi and Zimbabwe, Westat assisted ICAP at Columbia University to survey the prevalence of HIV and the...

Charting early childhood development

The Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2010-11 (ECLS-K: 2011) was designed to provide detailed and comprehensive data that can be used to describe and to better understand...

Finding the road to health in Tennessee

How do your travel habits affect your health? What impact does transportation have on your community? City planners in Tennessee are beginning to pay more attention to these questions,...

Investigating new therapies for leukemia

In 2015, about 54,000 people will be diagnosed with leukemia and 24,000 people are expected to die from the disease in the U.S., the American Cancer Society estimates. Westat...

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