Canary Database: Animals as Sentinels of Human Environmental Health Hazards

Project Director: Peter M. Rabinowitz, MD, MPH

The Canary Database is a compilation of curated peer-reviewed research articles related to the use of animals as sentinels of human health hazards. This database contains information added by trained curators in addition to bibliographic records from MEDLINE and other well-known databases. The database includes studies of wildlife, companion, and livestock animals, where either the exposure or the health effect could be considered potentially relevant to human health. The project has been funded by the National Library of Medicine.

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Relevant Publications

  • Rabinowitz PM, Scotch M, Conti LA. Human and animal sentinels of shared health risks. Veterinaria Italiana (in press 2009)
  • Scotch M, Odofin L, Rabinowitz PM. Linkages Between Animal and Human Health Sentinel Data. BMC Bioinformatics (in press 2009)
  • Rabinowitz PM, Odofin L, Dein FJ From "us vs. them" to "shared risk": can animals help link environmental factors to human health?Ecohealth. 2008 Jun;5(2):224-9.
  • Rabinowitz P, Wiley J, Odofin L, Wilcox M, Dein FJ. Animals as sentinels of chemical terrorism agents: an evidence-based review. Clin Toxicol. 2008;46(2):93-100.
  • Rabinowitz PM, Dein FJ, Liu A, Chudnov D, Odofin L, Gordon Z. Animals as Sentinels for Bioterrorism Agents, An Evidence Based Review. Emerg Infect Dis. 2006;12:647-52.
  • Taylor B, Skelly D, Demarchis LK, Slade MD, Galusha D, Rabinowitz PM. Proximity to pollution sources and risk of amphibian limb malformation. Environ Health Perspect. 2005;113(11):1497-501.