The group has established one of the largest chronic disease-related biobanks in Switzerland (The SAPALDIA Biobank). The biobank allows for studies on the genetic background of complex chronic diseases and related subclincial phenotypes, with a special focus on phenotypes related to respiratory and cardiovascular health (i.e. lung function, asthma, COPD, heart rate variability, intima-media thickness and renal function).
In the context of international collaborations and genetics consortia, staff members contribute to and lead large meta-analyses to identify novel disease genes and to understand how they modify susceptibility to lifestyle and environmental factors. Studies on the interaction of inherited genetic and epigenetic susceptibility factors with environmental factors, such as air pollution and noise, are a major focus of the group.
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Adebayo-Ojo T.C, Wichmann J, Arowosegbe O.O, Probst-Hensch N, Schindler C, Künzli N. Short-term joint effects of PM10, NO2 and SO2 on cardio-respiratory disease hospital admissions in Cape Town, South Africa. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022;19:495. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph19010495
Buekers J et al. Glyphosate and AMPA in human urine of HBM4EU-aligned studies: part B adults. Toxics. 2022;10(10):552. DOI: 10.3390/toxics10100552
Bytyci Katanolli A et al. Perceived barriers to physical activity behaviour among patients with diabetes and hypertension in Kosovo: a qualitative study. BMC Prim Care. 2022;23:257. DOI: 10.1186/s12875-022-01866-w
Bytyci-Katanolli A et al. Non-communicable disease prevention in Kosovo: quantitative and qualitative assessment of uptake and barriers of an intervention for healthier lifestyles in primary healthcare. BMC Health Serv Res. 2022;22:647. DOI: 10.1186/s12913-022-07969-5
Darkhawaja R.A.M et al. Exploring the role of social capital, self-efficacy and social contagion in shaping lifestyle and mental health among students representing the future healthcare workforce in Palestine: social cohort study protocol. BMJ Open. 2022;12:e049033. DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-049033