Unit | Environmental Exposures and Health
Our continuous interaction with the environment affects our health in both positive and negative ways. Researchers in the Environmental Exposures and Health unit develop and integrate novel tools and methods to investigate the health effects of a wide range of environmental exposures. These include transportation noise, ionizing and non-ionizing radiation, ambient and indoor air pollution, environmental tobacco exposure, pesticides and climate change including heat waves.
From Exposure Assessment to Effective Public Health
The unit conducts epidemiological studies in children, adolescents and adults. Current studies are dealing with health-related quality of life, behaviour, respiratory diseases, childhood tumours, cardiovascular diseases and neurodegenerative diseases. The unit also conducts health risk assessments, including meta-analyses and systematic reviews and contributes to the development of guidelines and regulatory limits in the field of environmental health.
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. Further information about the project
TraNQuIL: Transportation Noise: Quantitative Methods for Investigating Acute and Long Term Health Effects
Noise from road, railway and aircraft traffic is one of the most widespread sources of environmental stress and discomfort in everyday life. However, previous research has been fragmented, in particular in children and adolescents. As a consequence little is known about the relevance of exposure duration, noise characteristics and the effects in adolescents.
The overall aim of the project is to obtain a thorough understanding on how transportation noise affects human health. Read more
The ICARUS Study
The ICARUS project aims to examine how individual air pollution affects health in nine different European cities. We invite inhabitants of Basel to become part of the study. More information (in German)
Selected PublicationsAll Publications
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
Olaniyan T et al. The association between ambient NO2 and PM2.5 with the respiratory health of school children residing in informal settlements: a prospective cohort study. Environ Res. 2020;186:109606. DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2020.109606
Saucy A, Schaffer B, Tangermann L, Vienneau D, Wunderli J.M, Röösli M. Individual aircraft noise exposure assessment for a case-crossover study in Switzerland. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020;17(9):3011. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph17093011
Vicedo-Cabrera A.M et al. Short term association between ozone and mortality: global two stage time series study in 406 locations in 20 countries. BMJ. 2020;368:m108. DOI: 10.1136/bmj.m108
Wohlgemuth L, McLagan D, Flückiger B, Vienneau D, Osterwalder S. Concurrently measured concentrations of atmospheric mercury in indoor (household) and outdoor air of Basel, Switzerland. Environ Sci Technol Lett. 2020;7(4):234-239. DOI: 10.1021/acs.estlett.0c00110