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
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
Gerber M et al. Is grip strength linked to body composition and cardiovascular risk markers in primary schoolchildren? Cross-sectional data from three African countries. BMJ Open. 2022;12(6):e052326. DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-052326
Gilles L et al. Harmonization of human biomonitoring studies in Europe: Characteristics of the HBM4EU-aligned studies participants. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022;19(11):6787. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph19116787