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
Cabré-Riera A et al. Estimated whole-brain and lobe-specific radiofrequency electromagnetic fields doses and brain volumes in preadolescents. Environ Int. 2020;142:105808. DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2020.105808
Fuhrimann S et al. Qualitative assessment of 27 current-use pesticides in air at 20 sampling sites across Africa. Chemosphere. 2020;258:127333. DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2020.127333
Lu M, Schmitz O, de Hoogh K, Kai Q, Karssenberg D. Evaluation of different methods and data sources to optimise modelling of NO2 at a global scale. Environ Int. 2020;142:105856. DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2020.105856
Rossi I.A, Vienneau D, Ragettli M.S, Fluckiger B, Röösli M. Estimating the health benefits associated with a speed limit reduction to thirty kilometres per hour: a health impact assessment of noise and road traffic crashes for the Swiss city of Lausanne. Environ Int. 2020;145:106126. DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2020.106126
Schäffer B, Brink M, Schlatter F, Vienneau D, Wunderli J.M. Residential green is associated with reduced annoyance to road traffic and railway noise but increased annoyance to aircraft noise exposure. Environ Int. 2020;143:105885. DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2020.105885