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Dec 2, 2015

M.Sc. Thesis Examination: Jennifer Magoon
Date: Thursday, November 9, 2006
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: 405 Brodie Centre - 727 McDermot Avenue
Jennifer will defend her thesis entitled, "Developing and Evaluating Rural Environmental Health Indicators: A Focus on Agricultural Pesticides and Health Outcomes in Manitoba".


The objectives were to a) create environmental health indicators (EHIs) of the use and risk of crop farming pesticides; b) conduct an epidemiological study of the association between the pesticide EHIs and health outcomes, in rural crop farming areas of Manitoba.  Pesticide indicators included the average annualized percent of Census Consolidated Subdivision land acreage where any pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, or insecticides were applied as well as an indicator of pesticide risk.  In multilevel models, the use of insecticides was significantly associated with perinatal conditions (males: OR=1.08, p=0.005; females: OR=1.07, p=0.01), congenital anomalies in males (OR=1.04, p=0.04), and eye disorders (males: OR=1.03, p<0.001; females: OR=1.02, p=0.012).  Eye disorders in males were also significantly associated with the use of any pesticide (OR=1.001; p<0.001) and pesticide risk (OR=1.06; p<0.001).  Regular pesticide use in crop farming, especially insecticides, may be adversely affecting the health of the rural residents of Southern Manitoba. 

Committee:  Dr. P. Martens, Community Health Sciences (Advisor); Dr. L. Roos, Community Health Sciences; Dr. R. Van Acker, Plant Science






For more information, contact:
Theresa Kennedy
Program Assistant
Community Health Sciences
Phone: (204) 789-3655
Fax: (204) 789-3905