EPOCHAL - Beyond seasonal suffering: Effects of Pollen on Cardiorespiratory Health and Allergies

As climate change increases the duration and intensity of the pollen season, allergies to airborne pollen are increasingly common in Europe. Yet, it is not well recognized that high pollen concentrations may increase respiratory and cardiovascular events, leading to mortality and excess...

Ongoing
01.08.2020 - 31.07.2025
Research project
European Commission (EU) / European Research Council (ERC) starting grant
Sensoring and Environmental Epidemiology
Marloes Eeftens
PoCHAS - Effects of airborne pollen on cardiorespiratory health and allergic symptoms

Airborne pollen allergies are increasing across Europe, and are a major health issue for 20% of the Swiss population. At the same time, the duration and intensity of the pollen season are changing due to climate change. Pollen allergy is often dismissed as “not so serious”, though missed workdays,...

Ongoing
01.11.2019 - 01.11.2023
Observational study
Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) / Career Ambizione
Sensoring and Environmental Epidemiology
Marloes Eeftens
SPUTNIC - Study Panel on Upcoming Technologies to measure Non-Ionizing Radiation and Cognition

In the SPUTNIC study, we measure the individual exposure to mobile phone radiation, and how this affects cognitive health. Goal of the study is the personal measurement of exposure to mobile phone radiation using a smartphone application in 100 volunteer participants in Basel Stadt. The same...

Ongoing
02.02.2018 - 31.12.2020
Research project
Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire de l’alimentation, de l’environnement et du travail (ANSES)
Environmental Exposures and Health
Marloes Eeftens
VEGAS - VErtical GrAdient Study

A pilot study from Basel (summer of 2014) showed that air pollution concentrations measured at the level of the 1st or 2nd floor may be around 30% lower than those on the ground in some streets. So far, differences in air pollution levels depending on the floor of residence are poorly understood and...

Ongoing
01.01.2016 - 31.03.2016
Research project
ACCEDERA - Improving the accuracy of personal RF measurements and characterisation of exposure levels in different environments across different countries

Mobile phone base stations and handsets, wireless local area networks (WLAN), and radio/television signals are typical examples of sources of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields. The aim of this study is to gain better knowledge of the exposure of the general population to such radiofrequency...

Ongoing
01.11.2015 - 28.02.2019
Research project
Environmental Exposures and Health
Martin Röösli