Group | Physical Hazards and Health

Man-made and natural physical hazards are ubiquitously distributed in our environment. The research of the Physical Hazards and Health Research group focuses on (but is not restricted to) the health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields, ultraviolet radiation, ionizing radiation, climate including extreme weather events, and noise.

Impact of our Environment

We develop exposure assessment methods and apply them to epidemiological studies to examine the impact of physical hazards on health. We consider a wide variety of health outcomes that are relevant in this context, such as carcinogenicity, neurodegenerative diseases, cardiovascular diseases or health-related quality of life. We also conduct regular health impact assessments and systematic reviews. In addition to physical hazards, we address the cardio-respiratory health effects of passive smoking and air pollution exposure.

Martin Röösli

Martin Röösli, Associate Professor, PhD

SPUTNIC: Measurement Study on Individual Mobile Phone Radiation Exposure and Cognition

Birks L.E et al. Radiofrequency electromagnetic fields from mobile communication: description of modeled dose in brain regions and the body in European children and adolescents. Environ Res. 2021;193:110505. DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2020.110505

Cabré-Riera A et al. Association between estimated whole-brain radiofrequency electromagnetic fields dose and cognitive function in preadolescents and adolescents. Int J Hyg Environ Health. 2021;231:113659. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijheh.2020.113659

Chetty-Mhlanga S, Fuhrimann S, Basera W, Eeftens M, Röösli M, Dalvie M.A. Association of activities related to pesticide exposure on headache severity and neurodevelopment of school-children in the rural agricultural farmlands of the Western Cape of South Africa. Environ Int. 2021;146:106237. DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2020.106237

Doiron D, Bourbeau J, de Hoogh K, Hansell A.L. Ambient air pollution exposure and chronic bronchitis in the Lifelines cohort. Thorax. 2021(in press). DOI: 10.1136/thoraxjnl-2020-216142

Khomenko S et al. Premature mortality due to air pollution in European cities: a health impact assessment. Lancet Planet Health. 2021(in press). DOI: 10.1016/S2542-5196(20)30272-2