Unit | Environmental Exposures and Health
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.
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
SiRENE: Short and Long Term Effects of Transportation Noise Exposure
The overall goal of this interdisciplinary project with five research groups is to investigate acute, short- and long-term effects of road, railway and aircraft noise exposure on annoyance, sleep disturbances and cardiometabolic risk. The project aims at identifying noise exposure patterns that most strongly affect individuals during sleep and thus may ultimately result in long-term health consequences. In addition, the role of individual characteristics such as age and gender, noise sensitivity and genetic predispositions will be elucidated. Read more about the project and visit the project website.
Partner Research Groups of SiRENE
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)
Links & Documents
Selected PublicationsAll Publications
Héritier H et al. A systematic analysis of mutual effects of transportation noise and air pollution exposure on myocardial infarction mortality: a nationwide cohort study in Switzerland. Eur Heart J. 2019;40(7):598-603. DOI: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehy650
Olaniyan T et al. Asthma-related outcomes associated with indoor air pollutants among schoolchildren from four informal settlements in two municipalities in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. Indoor Air. 2019;29(1):89-100. DOI: 10.1111/ina.12511
Ragettli M.S, Röösli M. Hitzeaktionspläne zur Prävention von hitzebedingten Todesfällen – Erfahrungen aus der Schweiz. Bundesgesundheitsblatt Gesundheitsforschung Gesundheitsschutz. 2019;62(5):605-611. DOI: 10.1007/s00103-019-02928-8
Röösli M, Lagorio S, Schoemaker M.J, Schüz J, Feychting M. Brain and salivary gland tumors and mobile phone use: evaluating the evidence from various epidemiological study designs. Annu Rev Public Health. 2019;40:221-238. DOI: 10.1146/annurev-publhealth-040218-044037
Vienneau D et al. Façades, floors and maps – influence of exposure measurement error on the association between transportation noise and myocardial infarction. Environ Int. 2019;123:399-406. DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2018.12.015
de Hoogh K et al. Spatial PM2.5, NO2, O3 and BC models for Western Europe - evaluation of spatiotemporal stability. Environ Int. 2018;120:81-92. DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2018.07.036