The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences has won a $600,000 contract to study the links between the inhalation of nickel compounds and respiratory diseases.

The Nickel producers Environmental Research Association chose the Hamner for the study.

Researchers hope the study will produce new data that can be used with existing information to better understand the relationship between nickel exposure and respiratory tumors.

Dr. Darol Dodd, director of Toxicology research Services, and Dr. Harvey Clewell, director of the Center for Human health Assessment, will lead the study.

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