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

Aminzadeh R et al. A multi-band body-worn distributed radio-frequency exposure meter: design, on-body calibration and study of body morphology. Sensors (Basel). 2018;18(1):e272. DOI: 10.3390/s18010272

Amoon A.T et al. Proximity to overhead power lines and childhood leukaemia: an international pooled analysis. Br J Cancer. 2018;119(3):364-373. DOI: 10.1038/s41416-018-0097-7

Birks L.E et al. Spatial and temporal variability of personal environmental exposure to radio frequency electromagnetic fields in children in Europe. Environ Int. 2018;117:204-214. DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2018.04.026

Cantuaria M.L et al. Glucocorticoid metabolites in newborns: a marker for traffic noise related stress?. Environ Int. 2018;117:319-326. DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2018.05.002

Chetty-Mhlanga S et al. A prospective cohort study of school-going children investigating reproductive and neurobehavioral health effects due to environmental pesticide exposure in the Western Cape, South Africa: study protocol. BMC Public Health. 2018;18:857. DOI: 10.1186/s12889-018-5783-0