Unit | Environmental Exposures and Health

Measurement of Mobile Phone Radiation and Concentration

Our continuous interaction with the environment affects our health in both positive and negative ways. Researchers in the Environmental Exposures and Health unit develop and integrate novel tools and methods to investigate the health effects of a wide range of environmental exposures. These include transportation noise, ionizing and non-ionizing radiation, ambient and indoor air pollution, environmental tobacco exposure, pesticides and climate change including heat waves.

From Exposure Assessment to Effective Public Health

The unit conducts epidemiological studies in children, adolescents and adults. Current studies are dealing with health-related quality of life, behaviour, respiratory diseases, childhood tumours, cardiovascular diseases and neurodegenerative diseases. The unit also conducts health risk assessments, including meta-analyses and systematic reviews and contributes to the development of guidelines and regulatory limits in the field of environmental health.

Martin Röösli

Martin Röösli, Associate Professor, PhD

PoCHAS: Pollen and Cardiorespiratory Health and Allergic Symptoms

The PoCHAS project aims to investigate how short-term exposure to pollen is related to respiratory and cardiovascular events. We will study mortality, hospitalization and self-reported allergic symptoms. Moreover, in light of increasing allergy prevalence, we aim to study how the relationship between pollen and health has developed over the study period, and which subpopulations might be most at risk. Moreover, combined exposure to pollen, air pollution and weather conditions could have synergistic effects, which alter the allergenicity of pollen - a research area that has been hardly explored. Read more about the project

Evaluation of Heat Wave Related Mortality and Adaption Measures in Switzerland

Heat is a stressor for the body and it is well proven that heat causes excess mortality. The aim of this project is to obtain a better understanding how heat waves affect mortality and morbidity in Switzerland. Further, a tool box is derived on potential adaption measures that can be taken by various stakeholders to prevent heat related health effects. A further objective of the project is to evaluate the effectiveness of these adaption measures. Read more


The SPUTNIC study aims to investigate possible correlations between mobile radiation and human health. We invite interested people living in the agglomeration of Basel to participate in this study. Click the link for more information.

Joint South Africa & Swiss Chair in Global Environmental Health

This chair in Cape Town university addresses emerging environmental health problems in South Africa. The collaboration consists of four projects: (i) a cohort study on agricultural pesticides effects on the development and respiratory health effects among rural children; (ii) a cohort study on the effects of ambient air pollutants on childhood asthma; (iii) an ecosystem approach on the health risks associated with chemical pollution and bio contamination of water sources and soils; and (iv) a health risk assessment on the impact of climate change on ecosystems, water and chemical usages. Further information about the project

TraNQuIL: Transportation Noise: Quantitative Methods for Investigating Acute and Long Term Health Effects

Noise from road, railway and aircraft traffic is one of the most widespread sources of environmental stress and discomfort in everyday life. However, previous research has been fragmented, in particular in children and adolescents. As a consequence little is known about the relevance of exposure duration, noise characteristics and the effects in adolescents.
The overall aim of the project is to obtain a thorough understanding on how transportation noise affects human health. Read more

The ICARUS Study

The ICARUS project aims to examine how individual air pollution affects health in nine different European cities. We invite inhabitants of Basel to become part of the study. More information (in German)

Cabré-Riera A et al. Estimated whole-brain and lobe-specific radiofrequency electromagnetic fields doses and brain volumes in preadolescents. Environ Int. 2020;142:105808. DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2020.105808

Fuhrimann S et al. Qualitative assessment of 27 current-use pesticides in air at 20 sampling sites across Africa. Chemosphere. 2020;258:127333. DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2020.127333

Lu M, Schmitz O, de Hoogh K, Kai Q, Karssenberg D. Evaluation of different methods and data sources to optimise modelling of NO2 at a global scale. Environ Int. 2020;142:105856. DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2020.105856

Schäffer B, Brink M, Schlatter F, Vienneau D, Wunderli J.M. Residential green is associated with reduced annoyance to road traffic and railway noise but increased annoyance to aircraft noise exposure. Environ Int. 2020;143:105885. DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2020.105885