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

Gulliver J et al. Land use regression models for the oxidative potential of fine particles (PM2.5) in five European areas. Environ Res. 2018;160:247-255. DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2017.10.002

Foerster M, Röösli M. A latent class analysis on adolescents media use and associations with health related quality of life. Computers in Human Behavior. 2017;71:266-274. DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2017.02.015

Vicedo-Cabrera A et al. A multi-country analysis on potential adaptive mechanisms to cold and heat in a changing climate. Environ Int. 2017;111:239-246. DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2017.11.006

Olaniyan T et al. A prospective cohort study on ambient air pollution and respiratory morbidities including childhood asthma in adolescents from the western Cape Province: study protocol. BMC Public Health. 2017;17:712. DOI: 10.1186/s12889-017-4726-5

Ragettli M, Flückiger B, Röösli M. Auswirkungen der Umwelt auf die Gesundheit: Studie im Auftrag des Bundesamtes für Umwelt (BAFU). . Basel: Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institut, 2017