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Earth and Oceanographic Science

Speakers and Panelists


Elijah Stommel, M.D., Ph. D. Elijah Stommel, M.D., Ph. D. 

Associate Professor of Neurology
Dartmouth Medical School

Dr. Stommel is a neuromuscular specialist with an interest in the neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Over the last few years he has been looking at the association of cyanobacterial blooms and their neurotoxins with ALS. A variety of techniques have been implemented to study this link in Northern New England including GIS mapping and detailed demographic questionnaires in Northern New England. We have mapped out 700 ALS patients in Northern New England at this time.


Selected Relevant Publications:

 Banack , S. A., T. A. Caller, E. W.  Stommel. 2010. The Cyanobacteria Derived Toxin Beta-N-Methylamino-L-Alanine and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Toxins,  2: 2837-2850.

 Caller, T., J. Doolin , J. Haney, A. Murby, G. Boyer, K. West, H. Farrah, A. Ball, B. T.  Harris, E. W. Stommel. 2009. A Cluster of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in Close Proximity to Two Lakes in  Enfield, NH, USA with Known Blooms of Potentially Toxic Cyanobacteria. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis; 10 (Supplement 2): 101–108.

Stommel, E. W., J. Cohen, C. Fadul C. Cogbill, D. Graber, L. Kingman, T. MacKenzie, J. Channon-Smith, B. Harris. 2009. Efficacy of Thalidomide for the Treatment of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: A Phase II Open Label Clinical Trial. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Other Motor Neuron Diseases, 28:1-12.

 Stommel, E. W., D. Graber, J. Montanye, J. A. Cohen, B. T. Harris. 2007. Does treating schizophrenia reduce the chances of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis? Med Hypotheses; 69(5):1021.

Stommel, E. W., van Hoff, R. M., Graber, D. J., Bercury, K. K., Langford, G. M., Harris, B. T. Tumor  2007. Necrosis Factor-Alpha Induces Changes in Mitochondrial Cellular Distribution in Motor Neurons.  Neuroscience,  146(3):1013-9.

Stommel, E. W. 2008. Terrestrial Biological Toxins. In Continuum (Academy of Neurology). M. Watters ed. Neurotoxicology

Stommel, E. W. and M. Watters. 2006. Marine Toxins and Assorted Biological Toxins. In Current Therapies in Neurology, 7th edition. R. T. Johnson, J.W. Griffin and J.C. McArthur, eds., Elsevier Inc., Philadelphia, PN.

Stommel, E. W. 2007. Histamine fish poisoning. In Food Borne Diseases. S. Simjee ed., The Humana Press, Totowa, NJ.