Heat and health: The effect of heat islands, green space and other factors

Numerous studies have reported an association between high ambient temperatures and mortality or morbidity. In this project we aim to assess the effect of various environmental and socio-demographic factors that may modify these associations. A better understanding of how urban heat islands,...

Ongoing
01.01.2019 - 31.12.2021
Research project
Service de la santé publique (SSP) , Gruppo operativo salute e ambiente (GOSA)
Environmental Exposures and Health
Martina Ragettli
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
PaRTERRE - Prospective cohort study on skin cancer and residential radon exposure

Radon is a natural radioactive gas that penetrates into buildings from soil. It is well acknowledged that radon is the second common cause of lung cancer after smoking. Recently, some studies found indications that radon may increase the risk for skin cancer. A plausible mechanism would be radon...

Ongoing
01.09.2017 - 31.08.2021
Research project
Krebsforschung Schweiz
Environmental Exposures and Health
Danielle Vienneau
TraNQuIL - Transportation Noise: Quantitative Methods for Investigating Acute and Long Term Health Effects

Background: 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...

Ongoing
01.08.2017 - 31.07.2021
Research project
Environmental Exposures and Health
Martin Röösli
Ongoing
31.10.2016 - 30.06.2017
Short term service project, Research project
Bundesamt für Umwelt (BAFU)
Environmental Exposures and Health
Martin Röösli
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
Ongoing
01.06.2015 - 30.09.2017
Research project
Environmental Exposures and Health
Danielle Vienneau
Joint South Africa and Swiss Chair in Global Environmental Health

This first South African-Swiss bilateral research chair on Global Environmental Health in Cape Town addresses emerging environmental health problems in South Africa. The collaboration consists of four projects: (i) a cohort study on agricultural pesticides on the development and respiratory health...

Ongoing
01.04.2015 - 31.12.2019
Research project
Environmental Exposures and Health
Martin Röösli
Ongoing
01.03.2015 - 28.02.2016
Research project
Environmental Exposures and Health
Martin Röösli
Ongoing
01.08.2014 - 31.07.2015
Research project
Environmental Exposures and Health
Martin Röösli
Evaluation of heat wave related mortality and adaptation measures in Switzerland

The heat wave in 2003 caused approximately 7% more deaths. As a result, the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health developed an information campaign for the behaviour during heat waves which has been adopted by various cantonal health authorities. The project has several objectives: 1) Assessment of...

Ongoing
01.01.2014 - 30.06.2016
Research project
Environmental Exposures and Health
Martin Röösli
GERoNiMO - GERoNiMO - Generalised EMF Research using Novel Methods

 

Rationale

The European population is increasingly exposed to new physical and chemical agents in the environment, some of which may be detrimental to public health. Among these, electromagnetic fields (EMF) are one of the most ubiquitous, and their application in new technologies continues to...

Ongoing
01.01.2014 - 31.12.2018
Research project
Environmental Exposures and Health
Martin Röösli
SiRENE - SiRENE - Short and Long Term Effects of Transportation Noise Exposure

Background: Little is known about how acute and short-term noise effects, especially those that are observed during sleep, translate into long-term health consequences. In particular, it is unclear which acoustical characteristics of noise from different traffic sources are most detrimental for...

Ongoing
01.01.2014 - 31.12.2017
Research project
Environmental Exposures and Health
Martin Röösli
Ongoing
01.01.2013 - 31.12.2014
Research project
Environmental Exposures and Health
Martin Röösli
Ongoing
01.01.2013 - 28.02.2014
Research project
Environmental Exposures and Health
Martin Röösli
HERMES - Health effects related to mobile phone use in adolescents

Background
To date, epidemiological research on the health effects of mobile phone use in children and adolescents is scarce and the World Health Organization (WHO) considers additional research in this age group as the highest priority in this area of research. 

Aims
To prospectively investigate the...

Ongoing
01.01.2012 - 31.12.2014
Research project
Physical Hazards and Health
Martin Röösli
Ongoing
01.07.2009 - 31.10.2013
Research project
Environmental Exposures and Health
Martin Röösli
Childhood cancer, domestic radon exposure and non-ionizing radiation from broadcast transmitters

 

The aim of this project is first to develop a radon exposure model and to predict radon exposure at home for children in Switzerland. Second, we want to investigate whether indoor radon concentration increases the risk of childhood cancer in general and acute leukemia (ALL) in particular. And...

Ongoing
01.06.2009 - 01.06.2012
Research project
Environmental Exposures and Health
Martin Röösli