Unit | Environmental Exposures and Health
Selected PublicationsAll Publications
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
De Hoogh K, Héritier H, Stafoggia M, Künzli N, Kloog I. Modelling daily PM2.5 concentrations at high spatio-temporal resolution across Switzerland. Environ Pollut. 2018;233:1147-1154. DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2017.10.025
Héritier H et al. Diurnal variability of transportation noise exposure and cardiovascular mortality: a nationwide cohort study from Switzerland. Int J Hyg Environ Health. 2018;221(3):556-563. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijheh.2018.02.005
Waszak S.M et al. Spectrum and prevalence of genetic predisposition in medulloblastoma: a retrospective genetic study and prospective validation in a clinical trial cohort. Lancet Oncol. 2018(in press). DOI: 10.1016/S1470-2045(18)30242-0
Joint South Africa & Swiss Chair in Global Environmental Health
This chair in Cape Town university addresses emerging environmental health problems in South Africa. The collaboration consists of four projects: (i) a cohort study on agricultural pesticides effects on the development and respiratory health effects among rural children; (ii) a cohort study on the effects of ambient air pollutants on childhood asthma; (iii) an ecosystem approach on the health risks associated with chemical pollution and bio contamination of water sources and soils; and (iv) a health risk assessment on the impact of climate change on ecosystems, water and chemical usages.
SiRENE: Short and Long Term Effects of Transportation Noise Exposure
The overall goal of this interdisciplinary project with five research groups is to investigate acute, short- and long-term effects of road, railway and aircraft noise exposure on annoyance, sleep disturbances and cardiometabolic risk. The project aims at identifying noise exposure patterns that most strongly affect individuals during sleep and thus may ultimately result in long-term health consequences. In addition, the role of individual characteristics such as age and gender, noise sensitivity and genetic predispositions will be elucidated.