Group | Physical Hazards and Health

Man-made and natural physical hazards are ubiquitously distributed in our environment. The research of the Physical Hazards and Health Research group focuses on (but is not restricted to) the health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields, ultraviolet radiation, ionizing radiation, climate including extreme weather events, and noise.

Impact of our Environment

We develop exposure assessment methods and apply them to epidemiological studies to examine the impact of physical hazards on health. We consider a wide variety of health outcomes that are relevant in this context, such as carcinogenicity, neurodegenerative diseases, cardiovascular diseases or health-related quality of life. We also conduct regular health impact assessments and systematic reviews. In addition to physical hazards, we address the cardio-respiratory health effects of passive smoking and air pollution exposure.

Martin Röösli

Martin Röösli, Associate Professor, PhD

SPUTNIC: Measurement Study on Individual Mobile Phone Radiation Exposure and Cognition

Burte E et al. Long-term air pollution exposure is associated with increased severity of rhinitis in 2 European cohorts. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2020;145(3):834-842 e6. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaci.2019.11.040

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

Cai Y et al. Impact of road traffic noise on obesity measures: observational study of three European cohorts. Environ Res. 2020;191:110013. DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2020.110013

Cerletti P et al. The independent association of source-specific transportation noise exposure, noise annoyance and noise sensitivity with health-related quality of life. Environ Int. 2020;143:105960. DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2020.105960

Chetty-Mhlanga S, Fuhrimann S, Basera W, Eeftens M, Röösli M, Dalvie M.A. Association of activities related to pesticide exposure on headache severity and neurodevelopment of school-children in the rural agricultural farmlands of the Western Cape of South Africa. Environ Int. 2020;146:106237. DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2020.106237