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

Chetty-Mhlanga S et al. Different aspects of electronic media use, symptoms and neurocognitive outcomes of children and adolescents in the rural Western Cape region of South Africa. Environ Res. 2020;184:109315. DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2020.109315

Curchod L et al. Temporal variation of pesticide mixtures in rivers of three agricultural watersheds during a major drought in the Western Cape, South Africa. Water Res X. 2020;6:100039. DOI: 10.1016/j.wroa.2019.100039

Dahlin A.M et al. A genome-wide association study on medulloblastoma. J Neurooncol. 2020;147(2):309-315. DOI: 10.1007/s11060-020-03424-9

Dietler D, Farnham A, de Hoogh K, Winkler M.S. Quantification of annual settlement growth in rural mining areas using machine learning. Remote Sens. 2020;12(2):235. DOI: 10.3390/rs12020235